Zero Dark Thirty Movie Quotes

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"Zero Dark Thirty" movie quotes follow the action of the military action thriller that chronicles the hunt for Al Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden by American forces. The film, based on the true story as discovered through classified documents, was written by Mark Boal and directed by Kathryn Bigelow, who previously won several Academy Awards for her work on fellow military drama "The Hurt Locker." "Zero Dark Thirty" was given a limited release date of December 19, 2012, prior to its wide release on January 11, 2013.

In "Zero Dark Thirty," viewers get an inside look into the CIA as an elite task force searches for 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden. The film shows the operations led by the CIA in Pakistan, including research, surveillance and the highly controversial tactics used to capture and interrogate terrorists. The decade-long journey tells the story of just what happened from the attacks in American in 2011 all the way through when bin Laden was killed by United States special forces in 2011.

While President Barack Obama is not mentioned in the film, head CIA operatives, United States Secretary of Defense and former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Leon Panetta (portrayed by James Gandolfini) and one wise female agent, Maya (portrayed by Jessica Chastain) are included. Several Navy SEAL characters are also featured, though many remained nameless in the film, similar to real life. Chris Pratt, Edgar Ramirez, Joel Edgerton, Scott Adkins and Taylor Kinney co-star as the SEAL members.

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    Just Us and We're Failing

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    CIA Operative: "I want to make something absolutely clear. If you thought there was some working group coming to the rescue well I want you to know that you're wrong. This is it. There is nobody else hidden away on some other floor. There is just us and we are failing."

    Often times missions of this magnitude are both highly intricate and very much secret. That means that only a few people on the planet have knowledge of what's happening so no backup there to help when the going gets tough.

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    You Really Believe This Story?

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    Navy SEAL: "You really believe this story, Osama bin Laden?"
    Fellow Navy SEAL: "Yeah"
    Navy SEAL: "What part convinced you?"
    Fellow Navy SEAL: "Her confidence"

    Having been on the hunt for bin Laden for so long, one Navy SEAL has lost faith in their mission. Not his fellow SEAL however who sees the confidence Maya brings, something that rubs off on him.

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    One of the Disappeared Ones

    Al Qaeda Member: "You will never find him. He is one of the disappeared ones."

    Trying to extract information out of a captured Al Qaeda member is quite the task. Whether the captive knows the location of bin Laden or not is a good question since the terrorist leader has been seemingly off the map for some time.

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    Still No Closer

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    George: "We're spending billions of dollars. We are still no closer to defeating our enemy."

    As mentioned, the hunt for Osama bin Laden spanned years and cost a great deal of money. For a long time it appeared that their efforts were making little progress, a tough pill to swallow.

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    I am Bad News

    Dan: "Can I be honest with you? I am bad news. I'm not your friend. I'm not going to help you. I'm going to break you. Any questions?"

    Speaking to a captured terrorist, one Navy SEAL lays out reality in pretty plain terms. He isn't there to make nice, he's there to get any information out that he can.

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    We've Been Following You

    Maya: "We've been following you and studying you for a long time."

    When Maya finally gets face to face with a key player on the other side, she lays some of her cards out on the table in order to help facilitate getting some information in return.

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    The Whole World's Gonna Want to Know

    Navy SEAL: "If you're right, the whole world's gonna want to know this."

    Maya thinks she has stumbled on information that gives them a big step in the right direction in finding Osama bin Laden but it stands as only an educated theory at the moment. If proven, everyone will want to know.

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    20 Detainees

    Maya: "20 detainees recognize that photo."

    With intelligence hard to come by, Maya utilizes each piece she can get as much as possible including one photo which became very valuable after several captives recognized it.

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    Do You Realize What You Just Did?

    Patrick: "Dudeā€¦ Do you realize what you just did?"

    Following the killing of bin Laden, Patrick urges his fellow Navy SEAL to take a moment to reflect on what just happened. It's not everyday that you kill bin Laden.

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    Patrick: "For God and country. Geronimo."

    Prior to entering the home believed to be occupied by bin Laden, the Navy SEAL member has some parting words.

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    Maya: "Quite frankly, I didn't even want to use you guys, with your dip and velcro and all your gear bulls***. 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."

    When asked why she selected this Navy SEAL team for this mission, Maya uses some reverse psychology to get the men motivated. Spoiler: It works.

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    Two Narratives

    Maya: "There are two narratives about the location of Osama bin Laden. The one that you're most familiar with is that UBL is hiding in a cave in the tribal areas, that he's surrounded by a large contingent of loyal fighters. But that narrative is pre-9/11 understanding of UBL. The second narrative, that he's living in a city, living in a city with multiple points of egress and entry, access to communications, so that he can keep in touch with the organization. You can't run a global network of interconnected cells from a cave."

    Maya provides an alternate theory for how bin Laden is living to help them figure out how to find him. She urges them to re-think what they believe about the terrorist leader as his role has changed.

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    Smoke Everyone Involved

    Maya: "I'm going to smoke everyone involved in this op and then I'm going to kill Osama bin Laden."

    After losing a close friend at the hands of terrorists, Maya vows retribution in the form of finding and killing bin Laden.

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    Help Yourself

    Ammar: "Please help me."
    Maya: "You can help yourself by being truthful."

    Ammar pleads with Maya for help hoping that her gender will make her more compassionate to his plight. Instead, Maya reminds him that he controls his fate.

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    That Box Sucks

    Dan: "I'm going to put you in that box, let me be honest, that box sucks, you don't want to go in that box."

    One of many highly controversial interrogation techniques is highlighted when Dan threatens to put Ammar in a small, hot box for holding.

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    Everybody Breaks

    Jack: "In the end, bro, everybody breaks. It's biology."

    Talking to a detainee Ammar, Jack reminds the him that eventually he will speak, spilling the information that Jack and the other CIA members want to hear.

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    Joseph: "How do you like Pakistan so far?"
    Maya: "It's kinda f***ed up."

    After jumping in head first by witnessing some controversial interrogation techniques, Maya expresses her feelings about being in Pakistan to Joseph.

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    I Am That Motherf***er

    Maya: "I'm the motherf***er that found this place, sir."

    Showing that she can stand up to any man in the CIA, Maya uses adult language in a professional setting. Her push to make herself known was unnecessary but a poignant moment nonetheless.

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