12 Strong

Synopsis: 12 Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban.
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Director(s): Nicolai Fuglsig
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
130 min


February 1993.

A massive explosion

ripping through

the lower basement sections

of the World Trade Center

under tower number two.

A terrorist bomb,

how horrific a crime this is.

August 1998.

Our embassies in Nairobi and

Dar es Salaam were bombed.

The Bin Laden terrorist

network was responsible.

Suicide bombers

blew a hole in the ship.

My prayers are with the

families of those killed...

at the explosion involving

the U.S. naval vessel Cole.

Hidden in

the mountains of Afghanistan,

Bin Laden planned

these attacks.

September 9th, 2001.

Ahmad Shah Massoud,

the leader

of the Northern Alliance,

was assassinated by

two members of Al-Qaeda.

Massoud's death

destabilized the Northern Alliance,

removing the only threat

to the Taliban's power

in Afghanistan.

I can't believe

we have a fireplace.

Yeah. Sort of a fireplace.

It's propane.

It's a fireplace.


All right. Up you go.

Okay. Let's get your shoes on.

Hey, I like your drawings.

It's a ladybug.

A ladybug?

Wow, it's beautiful.

I don't wanna

unpack this room

until we get

the walls painted.

And by "we," I mean you.

Sounds like a lot of work.

Yeah, what does that mean?

Paint the walls

and I'll show you.

I love this house.

You gotta learn

Spanish, Daddy.

Yeah, it's on the list,


You taking me to school again?

Uh-huh. And picking you up.

- Really?

- Yeah!

Turn that down, sweetie.

Daddy, look.

Two planes have crashed

into the World Trade Center

in an apparent terrorist

attack on the country.

We have reported

that one of the planes

was an American Airlines 767

that had been hijacked...

- Hey!

- Thank God! Finally.


Really? Really?

- What the hell, man?

- Relax, bro.

- You know how nuts traffic is right now.

- Traffic?

- We've been freezing our asses out here all goddamn night!

- Relax, bro.

Why don't you jump your ass

in this river?

What, did you stop

at Starbucks?

- Where's my latte?

- Milo, it's 8:

- What happened?

- What, you guys don't know?

No, we were

in the river, man.

Goddamn, they're low.

Is that part of a drill?

Ain't no drill.

Get me Josh Bailey

at USASOC intel, please.

Bailey on line three, sir.

- Did you say line three?

- Yes, sir.

Sound off!

Josh, Jesus Christ, you guys

sh*t the bed on this one, huh?

Was it confirmed?

Well, it's not my job to know where.

That's your job.

All we are is ready.

Well, quit wasting time

talking to me then.

Why are you here?

Out of uniform

with that fur on your face.

Didn't you get back from

Kuwait, like, three weeks ago?

Yes, sir. Apologies.

Technically, I'm still on leave.

Well, if you're here today,

leave is over.

Take a look around, Captain.

We're a little busy.

What do you want?

I want back on my team, sir.

You don't have a team. You've

been rotated to my staff.

At your request, by the way.

That was before. All right?

Before guys were flying

f***ing planes into buildings.

Well, your warrant officer

turned in his retirement papers,

and you've been moved up.

So your team doesn't exist,

all right?

You'll be filtered into new ODAs

when the opportunities arise.

If I were you,

I'd get back to your desk

and start studying intel

on Afghanistan.

Taliban sponsored

the attack, sir?

Al-Qaeda planned this attack.

They have refuge

in Afghanistan.

But Middle East is our

assigned region, sir.

Really? I didn't know that!

Here's the thing, though.

You don't have a region,

'cause you don't have

a f***ing team!

So get back to your goddamn

desk and let me do my job!



who's on line four?

It was not long

before that tower collapsed.

The loss of life so far

is catastrophic,

estimated at 10,000.

But that number

could go much higher.

These images from just across

the Potomac River

of the Pentagon,

still on fire, a fire

burning out of control

after a hijacked airliner,

another one,

we believe this one to have

been a United Airlines flight,

smashed into the Pentagon

around 9:

Yo. What's up, Cap?

- What up, Milo?

- What are you doing here?

Trying to get my team back.

Ah, your little jalapeo

ain't gonna be too happy

- about that, huh?

- Yeah, maybe not.

What are you

talking about?

This team's done.

And thanks to you,

we're gonna be watching this whole

thing go down on f***ing CNN.

What I did,

I did for my family.

I didn't know there was

a goddamn war coming.

Oh, buddy, you and your

family, you're gonna be fine.

From your cushy little office,

you're gonna be f***ing fine!

You think I'm gonna be

sitting on the sidelines

with this sh*t happening,

Dill? Huh?

Did you talk

to Bowers?

Yeah, I did. I told him I

want back in and he said no.

He won't say no to me.

Tell me you didn't submit

that paperwork.

No, it's on my desk.


If anybody

in the Middle East did this,

the Fifth Group's up.

F*** yeah, bro. F*** yeah.

I mean, we would have been.

If we had a f***ing captain.

We'll be in this fight, boys.

You mark my words.

He's in a meeting, sir.

It's a private meeting, sir.

Your retirement papers?

There's nothing

to submit, sir.

I'm still Chief Warrant

Officer of ODA 595,

and my team has

more combat experience

than the rest

of Fifth Group combined.

All that hell we went through

in Somalia, Desert Storm,

that means somethin'.

You break this team up,

you're cutting the head off

your most venomous snake, sir.



I'll pull you a captain

and get you in the game.

We have a captain, sir.

You have a captain

with no combat experience.

He's never been to war.

He's only led you in training.

He's already been

bumped up to staff.

This is a career wrecker.

You understand that, right?

Well, all due respect,

I've spent two years

with that fellow

leadin' our team.

If you think furthering

his career is why he joined,

you need to get to know

your captain, sir.

As you were.

- Sorry about the desk.

- No, no. It's a good kill.

Besides, you're not gonna

need it where you're going.

Special Forces

doesn't have thermals?

Army wasn't expecting this.


Well, that makes two of us.

You tell him. I'm not doing

your dirty work for you.


I'll love you

when you get back.

Hey, buddy.


Yeah, I gotta go.

How long?

Don't know.


You know I love you, right?


Made it all the way

to the oven, huh, babe?

Some wives cry, I clean.

Hey, uh,

I was thinking...

You're gonna have

all the time in the world

to clean that oven

once I'm gone.

And I'm kind of running

out of time. So...

Yeah, and I bet I know

just how you wanna spend it.

I mean, I have two hours.

I'll be really quick.

- Super quick.

- Uh-huh, yeah, not a chance.

Holding out is the only way

I can guarantee

you come back to me.

- Please?

- Mmm-mmm.

- Just the tip.

- Mmm-mmm.

- Okay, you know what?

- Mmm-hmm.

War's gonna be over so quick.

It's gonna be over

in like a week.

I promise.

Go wake up the kids.

Spend the time with them.

I know what I signed up for.

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Ted Tally

Ted Tally (born April 9, 1952) is an American playwright and screenwriter. A graduate of Yale, he has received awards including the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, the Writers Guild of America Award, the Chicago Film Critics Award, and the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. more…

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