Zero Dark Thirty (2012) Movie

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(Hollywood) USA

Ratings / Votes
7.6/ 10 (57400 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
Annapurna Pictures [us] - (production) (as Annapurna)
Columbia Pictures [us] - (presents)
First Light Production [us] - (production) (as First Light)

Production Designer

All Producers

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Release Date
(USA) - 19 December 2012
(Spain) - 4 January 2013
(Canada) - 11 January 2013
(Philippines) - 11 January 2013
(Taiwan) - 11 January 2013

Running Time

The greatest manhunt in history.

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Technical Support
CAM:Arri Alexa M, Cooke S4, Optica Elite and Angenieux HP Lenses
CAM:Arri Alexa Plus, Cooke S4, Optica Elite, Angenieux HP and Optimo Lenses
LAB:Company 3, Los Angeles (CA), USA - (digital intermediate)
LAB:DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA
MET:4301 m - (8 reels)
PCS:ARRIRAW - (2.8K) (source format)
PCS:Digital Intermediate - (2K) (master format)
PFM:35 mm - (spherical) (Kodak Vision 2383)
RAT:1.85 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Abkarian, Simon as [Detainee on Monitor] <13>
  2. Adkins, Scott (II) as [John] <28>
  3. Antonini, John as [Analyst at Embassy] <35>
  4. Asquith-Coe, Lee as (uncredited) [Sean Cohen]
  5. Aulakh, Darshan as [Pakistani Detention Center Guard] <22>
  6. Baijal, Udayan as [Guard at Maya's Apartment] <45>
  7. Barrowman, John as [Jeremy] <53>
  8. Becker, Zachary as [Embassy Tech] <33>
  9. Bennett, Greg (XIII) as (uncredited) [CIA Agent]
  10. Browstow, Heemi as [DEVGRU Operator] <66>
  11. Burcher, Alex Corbet as [DEVGRU Operator] <72>
  12. Chandler, Kyle as [Joseph Bradley] <4>
  13. Chick, James Garson as (uncredited) [Navy Seal]
  14. Chism, Grant as (uncredited) [CIA Employee]
  15. Clarke, Jason (I) as [Dan] <1>
  16. Colter, Mike as [Mike - DEVGRU] <62>
  17. Contreras, Christian (II) as [C.I.A. Security] <31>
  18. Coursen, Spencer as [DEVGRU Operator] <70>
  19. Delaney, Martin (I) as [Assistant to National Security Advisor] <50>
  20. Dillane, Stephen as [National Security Advisor] <48>
  21. Donald, Nick as (uncredited) [CIA Agent]
  22. Duplass, Mark as [Steve] <46>
  23. Eastman, Robert G. as [DEVGRU Operator] <73>
  24. Eastwood, Aron as [DEVGRU Operator] <65>
  25. Edgerton, Joel as [Patrick - Squadron Team Leader] <55>
  26. Edgerton, Nash as [Nate - DEVGRU EOD] <61>
  27. Edridge, Anthony as [General in Hangar] <52>
  28. Elouahabi, Nabil as [Detainee on Monitor] <11>
  29. Ershadi, Homayoun as [Hassan Ghul] <21>
  30. Fares, Fares as [Hakim] <18>
  31. Fonua, Siaosi as [Henry - DEVGRU] <59>
  32. Gandolfini, James as [C.I.A. Director] <47>
  33. Garrett, Henry (I) as [Bagram Guard] <20>
  34. Gazi, Akin as [Interrogator on Monitor] <16>
  35. Grillo, Frank (I) as [Squadron Commanding Officer] <63>
  36. Hadouch, Tarick as (as Tarick Haddouch) [Khalid] <89>
  37. Haijjoujou, Noureddine as (as Noureddine Hajjoujou) [Abrar] <83>
  38. Hall, Mitchell as [DEVGRU Operator] <75>
  39. Hamdouchi, Aymen as [Detainee on Monitor] <12>
  40. Hart, Jo as (uncredited) [CIA Operative]
  41. Jones, Julian Lewis as [Blackwater Guard] <30>
  42. K., Mohammad as [Cargo Ship Detainee] <19>
  43. Kandel, J.J. as [J.J.] <8>
  44. Karim, Alexander as [Detainee on Monitor] <10>
  45. Kateb, Reda as [Ammar] <2>
  46. Kelly, Josh (I) as (uncredited)
  47. Kinney, Taylor as [Jared - DEVGRU] <57>
  48. Koni, Nabil as [Pakistani Doctor] <51>
  49. Lambert, Ben (II) as [N.S.A. Tech] <41>
  50. Lapaine, Daniel as [Tim - Station Chief] <44>
  51. LaRosa Jr., Kevin as (as Kevin La Rosa II) [Pilot] <78>
  52. Lehne, Fredric as [The Wolf] <37>
  53. Levi, Yoav as [Abu Faraj al-Libbi] <24>
  54. Lowe, James (IV) as (uncredited) [CIA Agent]
  55. Mahon, Sean as (uncredited)
  56. Marhyar, Ali as [Interrogator on Monitor] <14>
  57. Martin, Tim (XXXII) as [DEVGRU Operator] <74>
  58. Mash, Jeff as [Deputy Director of C.I.A.] <54>
  59. Mehra, Tushaar as [Abu Ahmed] <43>
  60. Menkin, David as [Case Officer] <27>
  61. Moreno, Damien as (uncredited) [Shooter #2]
  62. Mulvey, Callan as [Saber - DEVGRU] <58>
  63. Nolan, Nathan as (uncredited) [Prince Pilot 52]
  64. Olley, Jonathan as [Tech from Ground Branch] <40>
  65. Parrillo, Benjamin John as (as Ben Parrillo) [Pilot] <80>
  66. Perrineau, Harold as [Jack] <6>
  67. Perry, Chris (XX) as [DEVGRU Operator] <71>
  68. Pierce, Michael C. as (uncredited) [American Businessman]
  69. Pietruszewski, Alan as [Pilot] <77>
  70. Praed, Brett as [DEVGRU Operator] <64>
  71. Pratt, Chris (I) as [Justin - DEVGRU] <56>
  72. Purwin, Alan D. as (uncredited) [Helicopter Pilot]
  73. Ramírez, Édgar (II) as (as Edgar Ramirez) [Larry from Ground Branch] <39>
  74. Rice, Barrie (II) as [DEVGRU Operator] <68>
  75. Russo, George (II) as (uncredited)
  76. Salon, Jasper as (uncredited) [CIA Tech]
  77. Sattari, Musa as [Human Khalil al-Balawi] <26>
  78. Sawyers, Parker as [Interrogator on Monitor] <15>
  79. Scarf, Chris as [DEVGRU Operator] <67>
  80. Schwab, John (II) as [Deputy National Security Advisor] <49>
  81. Sekhon, Ricky as [UBL] <90>
  82. Selig, M.D. as (as Michael David Selig) [Pilot] <79>
  83. Sheikh, Wahab as [Detainee on Monitor] <9>
  84. Shqair, Hadeel as [Abu Ahmed's Wife] <82>
  85. Singh, Manraaj as [Rawal Caller] <42>
  86. Singh, Navdeep (II) as [Faraj Courier] <23>
  87. Singh, Sukhdeep (II) as [Pakistani Guard at Marriott] <25>
  88. Siow, Derek as [Interrogator on Monitor] <17>
  89. Somerville, Phil as [Phil - DEVGRU] <60>
  90. Stanley, Christopher (I) as [Admiral Bill McCraven] <81>
  91. Strong, Jeremy (I) as [Thomas] <7>
  92. Strong, Mark (II) as [George] <34>
  93. Telfah, Ashraf as [Kuwaiti Businessman] <38>
  94. Valley, Mark as [C-130 Pilot] <91>
  95. Young, Robert (IV) as (as Rob Young) [DEVGRU Operator] <69>
  96. Zader, Omid as (uncredited) [Shooter #1]
  97. Zoubi, Eyad as [Zied] <29>
  98. Alkawaja, Nour as [Abrar's Wife] <84>
  99. Azmi, Shabana as (uncredited)
  100. Chastain, Jessica as [Maya] <3>
  101. Collins, Jessica (II) as [Debbie] <36>
  102. Ehle, Jennifer as [Jessica] <5>
  103. Moula, Monia as (as Moula Mounia) [UBL Wife] <87>
  104. Rida, Siham as [UBL Wife] <86>
  105. Sayd, Malika as [UBL Wife] <85>
  106. Seurat, Zalfa as [UBL Wife] <88>
  107. Shaw, Lauren (II) as [Lauren] <32>
  108. Temiz, Senem as (uncredited) [CIA Agent]


  1. Drama
  2. History
  3. Thriller

Full Plot

Maya is a CIA operative whose first experience is in the interrogation of prisoners following the Al Qaeda attacks against the U.S. on the 11th September 2001. She is a reluctant participant in extreme duress applied to the detainees, but believes that the truth may only be obtained through such tactics. For several years, she is single-minded in her pursuit of leads to uncover the whereabouts of Al Qaeda's leader, Osama Bin Laden. Finally, in 2011, it appears that her work will pay off, and a U.S. Navy SEAL team is sent to kill or capture Bin Laden. But only Maya is confident Bin Laden is where she says he is. Jim Beaver Plot not found

Total Business

BT: USD 40,000,000 CP: 2012, ZERO DARK THIRTY, LLC. GR: USD 88,530,983 (USA) (17 February 2013) GR: USD 83,567,450 (USA) (10 February 2013) GR: USD 77,673,978 (USA) (3 February 2013) GR: USD 69,803,979 (USA) (27 January 2013) GR: USD 55,945,000 (USA) (20 January 2013) GR: USD 29,919,743 (USA) (13 January 2013) GR: USD 4,406,138 (USA) (6 January 2013) GR: EUR 539,186 (Italy) (11 February 2013) PD: 20 February 2012 - 18 November 2012 SD: 26 March 2012 - 3 June 2012 WG: USD 2,995,899 (USA) (17 February 2013) (1,522 screens) WG: USD 4,006,860 (USA) (10 February 2013) (2,562 screens) WG: USD 5,176,428 (USA) (3 February 2013) (2,871 screens) WG: USD 9,700,132 (USA) (27 January 2013) (2,929 screens) WG: USD 17,600,000 (USA) (20 January 2013) (2,946 screens) WG: USD 24,438,936 (USA) (13 January 2013) (2,937 screens) WG: USD 2,696,006 (USA) (6 January 2013) (60 screens)

Movie Certificate

15 (UK)
15A (Ireland)
R (USA)(certificate #47965)
14A (Canada)(Ontario)
R-13 (Philippines)
16 (Netherlands)
M/16 (Portugal)
NC-16 (Singapore)
PG12 (Japan)
18 (South Korea)(original rating)
15 (South Korea)(re-rating)
16 (Germany)
M (Australia)
U (France)(with warning)
14 (Brazil)
15 (Denmark)
A (India)

Music Composers

  1. Desplat, Alexandre


  1. Fraser, Greig (director of photography)

Dress Designers

  1. Little, George L. (I)


A-Film Distribution [nl] - (2013) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
Alliance Films [ca] - (2013) (Canada) (theatrical)
Audio Visual Entertainment [gr] - (2013) (Greece) (theatrical)
Columbia Pictures [us] - (2012) (USA) (theatrical)
Distribution Company [ar] - (2013) (Argentina) (theatrical)
GAGA [jp] - (2013) (Japan) (theatrical)
Golden Village Pictures [sg] - (2013) (Singapore) (theatrical)
Panorama Media [us] - (2012) (Non-USA) (all media)
Sony Pictures Releasing [us] - (2012) (USA) (theatrical)
Universal Pictures International (UPI) [de] - (2013) (Germany) (theatrical)
Universal Pictures International (UPI) [fr] - (2013) (France) (theatrical)
Universal Pictures [us] - (2012) (Non-USA) (all media) (only in UK, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Scandinavia, South Africa, Spain)
Zon Audiovisuais [pt] - (2013) (Portugal) (all media)


  1. Abadi, Marwan (military liaison: Jordan) (as Marwan Abbadi)
  2. Abell, Tim (adr voice artist) (uncredited)
  3. Al Adwan, Jamal (location manager: Jordan)
  4. Al-Ahmad, Mohammad (second assistant accountant: Jordan)
  5. Arora, Pradeep (II) (travel coordinator: India)
  6. Baddour, Shereen (production secretary: Jordan)
  7. Beeson, Steve (production controller)
  8. Bogg-Hargroves, Clementine (stand-in) (uncredited)
  9. Booys, Dave (production assistant) (uncredited)
  10. Butler, Jerome (dialect coach: India)
  11. Campbell-Bell, David (assistant location manager) (uncredited)
  12. Castillo, Carlos (XIV) (catering chef: Jordan)
  13. Desai, Shruti (I) (production coordinator: India) (uncredited)
  14. Dewberry, Jodie Marie (stand-in) (uncredited)
  15. Dham, Rajeesh (location manager: India) (as Rajesh Dham)
  16. Enriquez, Richard (post production assistant) (uncredited)
  17. Fencl, David (armorer: Jordan)
  18. Foster Found, Lucia (aerial operations coordinator) (uncredited)
  19. Fulton, Nick (location manager: uk)
  20. Ghosh, Sabyasachi (key location assistant) (uncredited)
  21. Hall, Mitchell (technical advisor: Jordan)
  22. Hareb, K.K. (assistant armorer: Jordan) (as Khalil Hareb)
  23. Hatch, Samantha (on-set production assistant: additional photography) (uncredited)
  24. Hicks, David (VI) (screen graphics) (uncredited)
  25. Hillary, Daniel (crowd runner: dailies) (uncredited)
  26. Hooper, Richard (I) (armourer: second unit) (uncredited)
  27. Israel, David (I) (location manager: additional photography) (uncredited)
  28. Ivins, Jack (set production assistant: London) (uncredited)
  29. Jaitely, Deepak (production accountant: India) (uncredited)
  30. Kampani, Rajeev (catering head: India) (as Rajiv Kampani)
  31. Khalifah, Khaleel (stand-in) (uncredited)
  32. Kharuf, Ruba (first assistant accountant)
  33. Kouimelis, Luca (script supervisor)
  34. LaRosa, Kevin (I) (aerial coordinator: aerial unit, US) (as Kevin La Rosa)
  35. Lee, Mela (adr voice replacement) (uncredited)
  36. Lopez, Juliet (accounting clerk) (uncredited)
  37. Lopez, Sharon (production coordinator) (uncredited)
  38. Marbory, A.J. (assistant: Tabrez Noorani) (uncredited)
  39. May-Leybourne, Barry (health and safety advisor) (uncredited)
  40. McClellan, Brenda (payroll accountant)
  41. Mehra, Tushaar (technical advisor) (uncredited)
  42. Nasser, Brooke (assistant: Kathryn Bigelow)
  43. North, Stephen (I) (ground aerial coordinator: aerial unit, Jordan) (as Steve North)
  44. Perez, Raul (III) (production assistant) (uncredited)
  45. Pratap, Gyanendra (digital media management) (uncredited)
  46. Rappaport, Irwin M. (production attorney)
  47. Rbibo, Daniel (insurance services) (uncredited)
  48. Rice, Barrie (II) (location security)
  49. Roos, Alexander (office production assistant) (uncredited)
  50. Roy, Tapas (III) (production assistant) (uncredited)
  51. Sabella, Omar (assistant location manager) (uncredited)
  52. Sallerson, Louis (office production assistant) (uncredited)
  53. Schuka, Dee (post production accountant: Trevanna Post)
  54. Serjeant, Harry (production coordinator: UK)
  55. Singh, Rakesh (II) (coordinator: Mumbai, India)
  56. Soni, Rahul (coordinator: Delhi, India)
  57. Stephens, Andy (IV) (aerial operations manager)
  58. Stone, Adam M. (product placement coordinator) (as Adam Stone)
  59. Stone, Cat (product placement coordinator)
  60. Townsend, Sarah (V) (set production assistant: London) (uncredited)
  61. Warren, Chris (XI) (production assistant) (uncredited)
  62. Weber, John (VI) (assistant accountant)
  63. Ziad Sunna' (cast production assistant) (uncredited)


C.I.A. Director: What's this - this cluster of buildings down here? George: The PMA - it's the Pakistani Military Academy. C.I.A. Director: [looks at him incredulously] George: It's their West Point. C.I.A. Director: And how close is it to the house? George: About a mile. Maya: Four thousand, two hundred, twenty one feet; it's closer to eight-tenths of a mile. C.I.A. Director: Who are you? Maya: I'm the motherfucker that found this place, sir. Ammar: Please help me. Maya: You can help yourself by being truthful. Maya: [to Navy SEALs] Quite frankly, I didn't even want to use you guys, with your dip and velcro and all your gear bullshit. I wanted to drop a bomb. But people didn't believe in this lead enough to drop a bomb. So they're using you guys as canaries. And, in theory, if bin Laden isn't there, you can sneak away and no one will be the wiser. But bin Laden is there. And you're going to kill him for me. Maya: [slightly irritated] So what does this Baluchi guy look like? Abu Faraj al-Libbi: Tall, long white beard, thin, walks with a cane. Maya: [smirks] Kinda like Gandalf. Abu Faraj al-Libbi: Who? Maya: I'm going to smoke everyone involved in this op and then I'm going to kill bin Laden. Dan: [to detainee, angrily] Where's the last time you saw bin Laden? Maya: You can't run a global network of interconnected cells from a cave. Joseph Bradley: How do you like Pakistan so far? Maya: It's kinda fucked up. George: I want targets. Do your fucking jobs. Bring me people to kill. Dan: I need a favor. Kuwaiti Businessman: Why I should help you? Dan: Because we're friends. Kuwaiti Businessman: You saying we are friends? How come you only call me when you need help? But when I need something you are too busy to pick up the phone. I don't think we are friends. Dan: All right, fair enough. How about a new V10 Lamborghini? How's that for friendship? Justin - DEVGRU: So Patrick, be honest with me. You really believe this story? I mean [turns to Maya] no offense, no offense, I don't. [turns away] But... Osama bin Laden? Patrick - Squadron Team Leader: Yeah. Justin - DEVGRU: What part convinced you? Patrick - Squadron Team Leader: Her confidence. Justin - DEVGRU: That's the kind of concrete data point I'm looking for. I'll tell you buddy, if her confidence is the one thing that's keeping me from getting ass-raped in a Pakistani prison I'm gonna honest with you, bro. I'm cool with it. Dan: Can I be honest with you? I am bad fucking news. I'm not your friend. I'm not gonna help you. I'm gonna break you. Any questions? Dan: When you lie to me, I hurt you. Dan: This is what defeat looks like, bro. Your jihad is over. Dan: You know, I can always go eat with some other dude, hang you back up to the ceiling... Dan: It's cool, that your strong and I respect it, I do. But in the end, everybody breaks, bro. It's biology. Angry Pakistani mob outside U.S. embassy.: Joseph Bradley go to Hell! Joseph Bradley go to Hell! Joseph Bradley go to Hell!

Other Titles

  1. Kill Bin Laden (2012) (ENG)
    (USA) (working title)

  2. Zero Dark Thirty (2012) (ENG)
    (Italy) (imdb display title)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Chandigarh, Punjab, India - (Lahore, Pakistan)
  2. London, England, UK - (London and Washington, DC scenes)
  3. Manimajra Fort, Chandigarh, Punjab, India - (Abottabad, Pakistan)
  4. Patiala, Punjab, India
  5. Gdansk, Pomorskie, Poland
  6. Amman, Jordan - (Islamabad, Pakistan)


- 'Joel Edgerton' (qv) was originally cast in a leading role, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts and was replaced by 'Jason Clarke (I)' (qv). However, when the conflicts were resolved, Edgerton was able to return in another role.

- 'Rooney Mara' (qv) was originally cast but had to drop out and was replaced by 'Jessica Chastain' (qv).

- At one point, 'Tom Hardy (I)' (qv), 'Idris Elba' (qv) and 'Guy Pearce (I)' (qv) were considered for different roles. Hardy was replaced by 'Mark Strong (II)' (qv).

- "Zero Dark Thirty" in military terms means 12:30 AM. Zero Dark is midnight, 00:00 on a 24 hour clock, 30 being added to connote 30 minutes past. In the scene during the raid you can see Maya look at the clock being shown as 00:30.

- The movie was originally about the unsuccessful decade-long manhunt for 'Osama bin Laden' (qv). The screenplay was completely re-written after bin Laden was killed.

- 'James Cameron (I)' (qv), ex-husband of eventual director 'Kathryn Bigelow' (qv), was previously in negotiations to direct the film, but dropped out to produce the sequels to _Avatar (2009)_ (qv).

- This is 'Jeremy Hindle' (qv) 's first feature-film work as production