13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

2016 R 2h 24m Blu-ray / DVD

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

2016 R 2h 24m Blu-ray / DVD
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In this gripping account of the chaotic and tragic events of Sept. 11, 2012, six members of an elite security team battle to save the lives of trapped U.S. consulate personnel under attack by armed terrorists in Benghazi, Libya.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English, Portuguese, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English, English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French, Portuguese
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is an action-heavy thriller based on eye-witness accounts of the events leading up to the attacks on the temporary American mission in Benghazi and the secret CIA annex on Sept. 11, 2012. Directed by Michael Bay, the movie is based on a memoir written by a group of CIA contractors who claim they were ready to help the ambassador and his small U.S. State Department detail but were told to stand down by their base chief. The movie is seen as highly political by some and shouldn't be considered an impartial narrative of what happened on that fateful night. Frequently violent and bloody, the movie shows dead bodies, including that of a prominent character. People die from bullet wounds, explosions, and fires/smoke inhalation. There's also a fair bit of strong language ("f--k," "s--t," and more) and a few mild innuendoes.

Sexual Content

No sex, but an American man asks a Libyan man whether Gaddafi's guard was really composed of solely beautiful women, and a Libyan man makes gestures indicating big breasts and a curvy, tall build. A female CIA agent is tender and almost flirtatious toward a male contractor, but there's nothing between them but obvious fondness.


Combat scenes include shoot-outs between heavily armed U.S. forces/security detail and a Libyan militia. Machine guns, RPGs, and explosions. Men die from bullet wounds and smoke inhalation. A man walks around with part of his forearm and wrist detached from his body, spraying blood everywhere. Another man with debris stuck in his body also bleeds profusely. Lots of blood and dead bodies are visible. A prominent character's dead body is thrown off a building.


Lots of swearing in the movie's high-stakes, life-or-death environment, including "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "s--tstorm," etc.

Social Behavior

Pays tribute to the uncredited "shadow soldiers" who protected the state department and CIA agents; per the movie, they prevent the Benghazi incident from becoming even deadlier. Suggests that disobeying orders is OK if it means saving lives and that bureaucracy is the reason so many lives were lost that night in Libya.


Almost all of the tricked-out, bullet-proof cars are Mercedes.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults smoke cigarettes and a hookah and drink in a few scenes.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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