Zero Dark Thirty

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Kathryn Bigelow
Production: Columbia Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 87 wins & 171 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
157 min


[Cleveland] United 1523, did you

hear your company, did you hear...

[Cleveland] ...couple of

minutes ago, screaming.

[ExecJet 956] We did hear

that, uh, yelling too.

[United 1523] Yes I did, 797, and, uh,

we couldnt tell what it was either.

[Cleveland] ...trying to figure out

whats going on... United 93, Cleveland.

[AA] American Airlines emergency

line, please state your emergency.

[Nydia Gonzalez] The flight attendant

is advising our reps that the pilot...

[Nydia Gonzalez] Everyones been stabbed

[Betty Ong] And um, I think there's Mace

[Betty Ong] ...that we cant breathe. I

dont know I think were getting hijacked

[Cooper] Hijacked aircraft

headed towards New York.

[Sgt. Powell] Is this

real world or exercise?

[Cooper] No, this is not an exercise.

[Betty Ong] Can anybody

get up to the cockpit?

[Nydia Gonzalez] What's going

on, Betty? Betty, talk to me.

[News] A plane's crashed

into the World Trade Center...

[Nydia Gonzalez] I think

we might have lost her.

[Brad Fetchet] Hey, Ma,

sure that you've heard...

[Brad Fetchet] that a plane

crashed into World Trade Center One.

[CeeCee Lyles] Baby, you have

to listen to me carefully.

[CeeCee Lyles] I'm on a

plane that's been hijacked.

[CeeCee Lyles] I hope to be able

to see your face again, baby.

[CeeCee Lyles] I love you! Goodbye!

[Ladder 15] ...of another incoming

plane. We may have to take cover.

[Melissa Doi] Are they gonna

be able to get somebody up here?

[Dispatcher] Of course,

ma'am, we're coming up to you.

[Melissa Doi] Well, there's no one here

yet and the floor is completely engulfed

[Melissa Doi] We're on the

floor and we can't breathe.

[Dispatcher] Hold for one second, please

[Melissa Doi] I'm gonna die, aren't I?

[Dispatcher] No, no, no, no, no, no.

[Melissa Doi] I think I'm gonna die.

[Dispatcher] Ma'am, ma'am, now,

[Melissa Doi] I'm gonna die.

[Dispatcher] Look, stay calm,

stay calm, stay calm, stay calm.

[Melissa Doi] Please, God...

[Dispatcher] You're doing a good

job, ma'am, you're doing a good job.

[Melissa Doi] No, it's

so hot, I'm burning up.

[Dispatcher] ...fine,

they're gonna come get you.

[Dispatcher] Can anyone hear me?

[Dispatcher] Oh, my God...


I own you, Ammar.

You belong to me.

Look at me.

You don't look at me when

I talk to you, I hurt you!

You step off this mat, I hurt you!

If you lie to me, I'm gonna

hurt you! Now! Now, look at me!

Look at me, Ammar!

Come on.

- Nobody talks to him.

- Roger that.

Are we gonna board

these windows up or what?

Just off the plane from Washington,

rocking your best suit for

your first interrogation,

and you get this guy.

- They're not always this intense.

- I'm fine.

Well, just so you know,

it's gonna take a while. He

has to learn how helpless he is.

Come on, let's get a coffee.

No, we should go back in.

You know, it's no shame if you

wanna watch from the monitor.

All right.

Might wanna put this on.

You're not wearing one?

Is he ever getting out?


Let's go.

Right now,

all this is about, simply,

is you coming to terms

with your situation.

It's you and me, bro.

I want you to understand that I know you

that I've been studying and

following you for a very long time.

That I could've had you killed

in Karachi, but I didn't.

I let you live, so that

you and I could talk.

Then you beat me when my hands are tied.

So I won't talk to you.

Well, life isn't always fair, my friend.

Did you really think...

that when we got you, "I

would get a nice f***ing guy"?

You're a mid-level guy. You're

a garbageman in the corporation!

What should I respect you, huh?

- Why?

- And you're a moneyman.


A disgrace to humanity. You and your

uncle murdered 3,000 innocent people.


I have your name...

on a $5,000 transfer via

Western Union to a 9/11 hijacker.

And you got popped...

with 150 kilograms of high

explosives in your house!

And then you dare question me?

Come on, man, I'm f***ing with you.

No, I don't want to talk about 9/11 yet.

What I want to focus

on is the Saudi group.

That, there, is Hazem al-Kashmiri.

And I know this dude is

up to some serious sh*t.

What I want from you is his Saudi e-mail

Ammar, bro, I know

that you know this dude.

Just give me his e-mail, and I

will-I will give you a blanket.

I will give you a blanket

and some solid food.

I know that you know him.

I told you before, I won't talk to you.

Have it your way. Let's go.

Come on.

When you lie to me, I hurt you.

Grab me the bucket.

- Huh?

- Grab the bucket.

Put some water in it.

Come on, let's go.

Come on, give it to me.

Hazem was a friend of Ramzi Yousef. You

guys met in Iran back in the nineties.

I don't know!

F*** you!

I want the e-mails of the

rest of the Saudi group.

Give me one e-mail and I will stop this.

Who's in the Saudi group?

And what's the target?

Where was the last

time you saw bin Laden?

Where was the last time

you saw bin Laden, huh?

You know when you lie to me, I hurt you.

This is what defeat looks like, bro.

Your jihad is over.

Get him up.

Try to understand the concept here.

Okay, I have time. You don't.

I have other things to do but you don't.

It'-it's cool that you're

strong. I respect it, I do.

But in the end, everybody

breaks, bro. That's biology.

Can you open the trunk, ma'am?

It's clear.

How'd it go the other night?

It was good. I mean the local cops

need a little tactical help, but...

he's tier-f***ing-one, baby.

That's your money maker right there.

And this is the guy that's KSM's nephew.

- Yeah.

- And what's his issue?

He's being a dick.

Well, if he's tying to outsmart you,

why don't you tell him about your PhD?

Yeah. No, but I am gonna have to

turn up the heat on this a**hole.

He needs to give up the Saudi group now.

He's gotta have that,

given the family ties.

He's tight with his uncle. He's

got his prints all over 9/11 money.

He's got 'em in his head,

he needs to disclose 'em.


Bill, she's good to go. I'll

get her the right one tomorrow.

Was I lying or what?

Uh, Maya, this is Joseph Bradley,

our illustrious station chief.

Joe and I did Iraq together.

- It's nice to meet you.

- You too, sir.

- How's your flight?

- Fine.

Um, she's been having a great time

since she got in, isn't that right?

- Good. How do you like Pakistan so far?

- It's kinda f***ed up.

- You volunteered for this, didn't you?

- No.

Third floor, northeast corner.

You don't think she's a little

young for the hard stuff?

- Washington says she's a killer.

- Hmm.

Children's crusade, huh?

They wanna put the next

generation on the field.

Listen, I've got a meeting

with ISI in twenty minutes.

They're slow-rolling us on Lahore,

you might wanna b*tch about that.

Did I tell you this? That, uh, this dude

in Malaysia, tells a Malaysian

station that his nephew...

- works with a guy, who knows a guy...

- Aww, here we go.

No, hold on. He goes to a big

feast in Bangkok, about a year ago.

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Mark Boal

Mark Boal (born January 23, 1973) is an American journalist, screenwriter and film producer. Before he became a prominent figure of cinema, Boal worked as a journalist for such publications as Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Salon and Playboy. Boal's 2004 article "Death and Dishonor" was adapted for the film In the Valley of Elah, which Boal also co-wrote. In 2009, he wrote and produced The Hurt Locker, for which he won both the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Academy Award for Best Picture. In 2012, he wrote and produced Zero Dark Thirty, teaming again with director Kathryn Bigelow, about the tracking and killing of Osama bin Laden. The film earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture and a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay. The pair collaborated a third time for 2017's Detroit. As of 2013, Boal has won two Academy Awards (four nominations), a BAFTA Award, two Writers Guild of America Awards, a Producers Guild of America Award and four Golden Globe Award nominations. He has also won several critics awards. more…

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