Special Forces

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A French journalist in Afghanistan is kidnapped by the Taliban.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 6.1/10 (1,827 voted)

Stéphane Rybojad

Stars: Diane Kruger, Djimon Hounsou, Benoît Magimel

A French journalist in Afghanistan is kidnapped by the Taliban.

Writers: Michael Cooper, Stéphane Rybojad


Diane Kruger


Djimon Hounsou


Benoît Magimel


Denis Menochet


Raphaël Personnaz


Alain Figlarz


Alain Alivon


Mehdi Nebbou


Raz Degan

Ahmed Zaief

Tchéky Karyo

Amiral Guezennec

Morjana Alaoui


Didier Flamand

Jacques Beauregard

Jacques Gallo

Le Pacha

Bernard Allouf

Le President de La Republique

Marine Faure

La Premier Ministre


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Release Date: 2 November 2011

Filming Locations: Caylus, Tarn-et-Garonne, France

Box Office Details

Budget: €10,000,000


Technical Specs



Errors in geography:
While the opening scene is set in Kosovo, the cars have French license plates.

User Review

Much better than I expected


Starts as the expected showy advertising for French armed forces (I
love the genre but I understand it may not be everybody's cup of tea),
then masquerades as some attempt at a lame military action storyline…
And then before you know it you find yourself emotionally pulled into a
story that provides its share of insights into the contemporary meaning
of being a professional soldier. Obviously heavy support from the
French armed forces to the production enables the attention to detail
that provides credible full immersion into the environment through many
vignettes. Stunning landscapes make that even better. Sure, a couple of
tactical choices and implausible coincidences pivotal to the story look
like concessions to the necessities of a Hollywood movie scenario…
But I'll gladly forgive that – and the use of music too : the
temptations of becoming a documentary or a caricature have been
resisted after all, and what's left is an engaging survival story that
will catch an audience far wider than the military niche.