- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 21, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) - Navy SEALs never expected the film “Act of Valor,” starring active-duty SEALs, to be this big.

SEAL commanders allowed independent filmmakers, the Bandito Brothers, into their elite ranks to turn real-life training exercises into a feature-length movie to attract recruits.

They thought the film might open in a couple of theaters in military towns, then quietly move to cable. Then came last year’s SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Now the film is opening Feb. 24 in 2,500 theaters nationwide.

SEALs who have seen the movie say its action scenes are mostly accurate and don’t reveal too much about SEAL operations.

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