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Lone Survivor depicts US Navy Seals camradery in Afghan tragedy

Published on Dec 24, 2013 5:54 AM

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - From shooting down a helicopter to firefights, film director Peter Berg spared no details to recreate a tragic United States Navy Sea, Air, Land Teams (Seals) mission in Afghanistan in Lone Survivor, an unflinching account of one of the worst losses of life in the history of the special operations force.

The film, which opens in limited theaters in the United States on Christmas Day and wider release on Jan 10, 2014, is based on the best-selling book by Marcus Luttrell, the only man who lived to recount what happened during the covert June 2005 Operation Red Wings in which 11 Seals and eight soldiers died.

Two-time Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg plays Luttrell, a medic and a sharpshooter who was one of a four-man team dropped by helicopter in the rugged mountains near Afghanistan's border with Pakistan on a mission to find a Taleban leader.

The operation was compromised when three Afghan goat herders stumbled upon them, leaving the men with a moral dilemma that would lead to the deaths of their unarmed captives or their own.

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