Basic

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The disappearance of a military leader and the death of four of his men leads two investigators to wade through a morass of deceptions and half-truths in search of the facts in this thriller. Sgt. Nathan West Samuel L. Jackson is the leader of an elite team of U.S. Army Special Forces operatives known as the Army Rangers; West is known as a highly effective officer, but one with a short temper and aggressive attitude who is not well liked by his soldiers. During a seemingly routine training exercise in Panama, a ...
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The disappearance of a military leader and the death of four of his men leads two investigators to wade through a morass of deceptions and half-truths in search of the facts in this thriller. Sgt. Nathan West Samuel L. Jackson is the leader of an elite team of U.S. Army Special Forces operatives known as the Army Rangers; West is known as a highly effective officer, but one with a short temper and aggressive attitude who is not well liked by his soldiers. During a seemingly routine training exercise in Panama, a hurricane sweeps in, and four of West's six men are dead, while West himself seems to have vanished. Eager to get the facts behind what happened, Col. Bill Styles Tim Daly assigns Capt. Julia Osborne Connie Nielsen to investigate. However, Osborne is having a hard time getting the two survivors to talk, so Styles brings in Tom Hardy John Travolta, a former Army Ranger who served under West and became a first-class interrogator; Hardy later became a DEA agent, but left law enforcement after allegations of corruption. Hardy interviews Dunbar Brian Van Holt, who claims that the four soldiers had been murdered, and West was killed in retaliation. Kendall Giovanni Ribisi, the other survivor whose father is a powerful officer has a very different story of how the five men turned up dead, and it's up to Hardy and Osborne to determine who is telling the truth -- or if anyone is saying exactly what happened. Basic marked the first time John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson appeared in the same film together since their breakthrough roles in Pulp Fiction.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/2/2003
  • UPC: 043396097445
  • Original Release: 2003
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Travolta Agent Tom Hardy
Connie Nielsen Capt. Julia Osborne
Samuel L. Jackson Sgt. Nathan West
Giovanni Ribisi Kendall
Brian Van Holt Dunbar
Taye Diggs Pike
Tim Daly Col. Bill Styles
Cristián de la Fuente Castro
Dash Mihok Mueller
Roselyn Sanchez Nunez
Harry Connick Jr. Vilmer
Clayne Crawford
Tait Ruppert Jepp Driver
Nick Loren Lt. Choppa
Chris Byrne MP
Charles L. Fails MP
Cliff Fleming Helicopter Pilot
Georgia Hausserman Pilot
Dena Johnston Nurse #2
Steven Maye CID officer
Jonathan Rau G.I. on the Tarmac
Curtis Ricks MP
Margaret Travolta Nurse #1
Timothy S. Wester Doctor
Technical Credits
John McTiernan Director
Henry Amos Stunts
Allan A. Apone Makeup
Klaus Badelt Score Composer
Kevin Ball Stunts
Daniel W. Barringer Stunts
Moritz Borman Executive Producer
Dennis Bradford Production Designer
Nick Brandon Stunts
Michelle Buhler Makeup
Chris Byrne Stunts
Wally Crowder Stunts
Jimmy Cullen Costumes/Costume Designer
Clay Dale Animator
Anson Downes Associate Producer
Kiante Elam Stunts
Linda Rae Favila Associate Producer
George Folsey Jr. Editor
Andy Given Co-producer
Jason Gray Stunts
Kate Harrington Costumes/Costume Designer
Thirl R. Haston Stunts
Basil Iwanyk Executive Producer
Mike Justus Stunts
Gururaj M K Producer
Bonnie Kanner Executive Producer
Gary Kosko Art Director
Jonathan D. Krane Executive Producer
Stephen Krause Sound Mixer
Robert Lennon Stunts
Jonah Loop Producer
Steve Mason Cinematographer
Jim McConkey Camera Operator
Pat McCorkle Casting
Raymond McIntyre Jr. Special Effects Supervisor
Mike Medavoy Producer
Arnie Messer Producer
Lisa Beth Miller Makeup
Vera Mills Set Decoration/Design
Douglas Neithercut Stunts
Lee Nelson Co-producer
Tom Nelson Sound Mixer
Jordan Perry Stunts
Louis Philips Co-producer
Louise Phillips Co-producer
Steven T. Ritzi Stunts
Julia Starr Sanford Set Decoration/Design
Ann Scibelli Sound/Sound Designer
Dennis Scott Stunts
Nigel Sinclair Executive Producer
Douglas Snively Stunts
Dror Soref Co-producer
Michael Tadross Producer
Todd Terry Stunts
Dirk Vahle Stunts
James Vanderbilt Producer, Screenwriter
Emae Villalobos Costumes/Costume Designer
Julian Wall Asst. Director
Sandy Watterson Production Manager
Cheryl Wheeler Stunts
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BASICally the best move ever.

    Wow. After this movie was over... I just laughed. I couldn't stop. The ending was just so absurd that I couldn't even wrap my head around it. This is hands down one of the best movies I have ever seen. See it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''TWO THUMBS UP!!!''

    This movie was jam packed with suspence and drama. The story line was perfect and the layout couldn't have been better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BRAIN STIMULATING

    JOHN TRAVOLTA KEEPS YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT IN BASIC. YOUR MIND KEEPS CHANGING THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE MOVIE ''IS A GOOD GUY OR A BAD GUY''. YOU WON'T KNOW THE REAL ANSWER UNTIL THE END. THIS IS A GREAT MILITARY MOVIE. ONE OF THE BEST I THINK.

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    Posted March 12, 2009

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