Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down

4.7 78
Director: Ridley Scott

Cast: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Jason Isaacs


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Ridley Scott directs the gripping war film Black Hawk Down. Columbia's work on this 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is nothing short of perfect. Sporting solid black levels, even colors, and no defects or imperfections, fans should be very pleased with this Academy Award-winning film's transfer. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in…  See more details below


Ridley Scott directs the gripping war film Black Hawk Down. Columbia's work on this 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is nothing short of perfect. Sporting solid black levels, even colors, and no defects or imperfections, fans should be very pleased with this Academy Award-winning film's transfer. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English, as well as Dolby 2.0 Surround in French. The 5.1 mix ends up being an assault on the viewer's senses; featuring hard-hitting directional effects and crystal-clear sound, this is an excellent soundtrack that should give home theaters a hefty workout. Also included on this disc are subtitles in English, French, Chinese, and Thai. Unfortunately, the supplements on this disc are close to the bare minimum, including a short on-the-set featurette that runs about 20 minutes and gives little insight into the making of the film, a few filmographies on the cast and crew, and theatrical trailers for the movies Spider-Man and The One (yet curiously nothing for Black Hawk Down).

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A gripping dramatization of the abortive 1993 U.S. military operation in Somalia, Africa, that resulted in the Ambush in Mogadishu, Black Hawk Down earns high marks for its hyperrealistic representation of modern-day conventional warfare. Director Ridley Scott re-creates the fateful October 3rd mission in painstaking detail, capturing the horrifying chaos that ensues during armed conflicts on unfamiliar urban battlegrounds. Portraying the U.S. Army Rangers who fought in the streets of Mogadishu, Scott's talented ensemble cast helps make the events all the more real. Especially strong are Josh Harnett as Staff Sergeant Matt Eversmann and Tom Sizemore as the grizzled veteran Lt. Colonel Danny McKnight. Also superb are Ewan McGregor, Ron Eldard, Jason Isaacs, and Sam Shepard. To his credit, Scott remains politically neutral on America’s role in the Somalian civil war. He doesn’t engage in the moral equivocation so fashionable among some Hollywood directors who’ve depicted failed U.S. military operations; instead, Black Hawk Down focuses on the heroic efforts of American soldiers committed to covering their buddies’ backs and bringing everybody home, dead or alive. Scott’s darting camera and rapid cutting make it occasionally difficult to follow the action, but that’s an intentional choice designed to emphasize the maddening confusion of warfare at close quarters. Sturdily mounted, brilliantly acted, and almost unbearably suspenseful, this powerful film shows the events of a fateful engagement in a new and considerably brighter light. The DVD edition includes a behind-the-scenes featurette, production notes, and an assortment of theatrical trailers.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
A riveting account of a devastating battle that resulted from controversial United Nations involvement in Somalia's civil war in 1993, this war picture from director Ridley Scott displays the filmmaker's reliable eye for startling visuals and effective translation of words into pictures. Whether he's employing map-like aerial views of a re-created Mogadishu in order to help the viewer understand how the action's unfolding or using documentary film techniques to reinforce the story's "you are there" realism, Scott's eclectic style synchronizes perfectly with his subject matter's brutal, mindless violence and moral equivocation. The sole drawback of this strategy is that it minimizes the individual soldiers' personal stories, challenging the audience to remain emotionally invested in a group of characters that struggle to move front and center. It's human beings on both sides, after all, that are being fed to the sausage grinder of battle here, but the suffering and bloodshed are not handled with the same emotional skill as the physical action. This seems to be a conscious choice on the part of the filmmakers, who have created a piece that is far more about the logistics of a chain of tragic events than a heartfelt plea for understanding or even an antiwar statement. In a fictitious drama, such a creative decision would be a fatal one, but projects such as the television miniseries Band of Brothers (2001) demonstrate that identifiable characters and emotional beats are expendable (to a degree) in the service of telling an important fact-based story in as accurate a fashion as possible. Black Hawk Down is not the best war movie ever made, but it is one of 2001's best and one of the most truthful about what war is like in the ultra-political, high-tech here and now.
Entertainment Weekly
Driven by scenes of gripping, unflinching battle, touched by the director's talent for communicating through the colors he chooses. Lisa Schwarzbaum
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

Films like this are more useful than gung-ho capers like Behind Enemy Lines. They help audiences understand and sympathize with the actual experiences of combat troops, instead of trivializing them into entertainments.
USA Today

No war movie I have ever seen so vividly shows battle from differing perspectives. Mike Clark

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Sony Pictures
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

Behind-the-scenes featurette; filmographies; production notes; trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Josh Hartnett Ranger Staff Sgt. Matt Eversmann
Ewan McGregor Ranger spec. Grimes
Jason Isaacs Steele
Tom Sizemore Ranger Lt. Col. Danny McKnight
Eric Bana Delta Sgt. First Class "Hoot" Gibson
William Fichtner Delta Sgt. First Class Jeff Sanderson
Ewen Bremner Spec. Sgt. Shawn Nelson
Sam Shepard Maj. Gen. William F. Garrison
Kim Coates Wex
Hugh Dancy Ranger Sgt. First Class Kurt Schmid
Ron Eldard Chief Warrant Officer Mike Durant
Ioan Gruffudd Beales
Tom Guiry Yurek
Charlie Hofheimer Smith
Danny Hoch Pilla
Zeljko Ivanek Harrell
Glenn Morshower Matthews
Gabriel Casseus Ranger Spec. Mike Kurth
Jeremy Piven Walcott
Brendan Sexton Kowalewski
Johnny Strong Shughart
Richard Tyson Busch
Brian Van Holt Struecker
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Gordon
Steven Ford Cribbs
Ian Virgo Waddell
Tom Hardy Twombly
Carmine Giovinazzo Goodale
Chris Beetem Joyce
Tac Fitzgerald Thomas
Matthew Marsden Sizemore
Orlando Bloom Blackburn
Kent Linville Othic
Enrique Murciano Ruiz
Michael Roof Maddox
George Harris Atto
Razaaq Adoti Mo'alim
Treva Etienne Firimbi
Ty Burrell Wilkinson
Boyd Kestner Goffena
Jason Hildabrant Jollata
Gregory Sporleder Galentine
Johann Myers Somali Father
Dana Woods Fales
Abdibashir Mohamed Hersi Somali Spy
Pavel Vokoun Briley
Kofi Amankwah Somali Kid
Joshua Quarcoo Somali Kid
Lee Geohagen Somali son with gun

Technical Credits
Ridley Scott Director,Producer
Hatimi Ahmed Asst. Director
Blondel Aidoo Executive Producer
Bob Badami Musical Direction/Supervision
Pier Luigi Basile Art Director
Pavel Bezdek Stunts
Malika Boukergane Makeup
Ales Bousi Stunts
Mark Bowden Consultant/advisor
Jerry Bruckheimer Producer
Ana Bulajik-Crecek Makeup
John Collett Stunts
Eugene Collier Stunts
Neil Corbould Special Effects Supervisor
Gergely Csolle Stunts
Eric Etje Stunts
Roberta Federico Set Decoration/Design
Jiri Firt Stunts
Rachid Gaidi Asst. Director
Gianni Giovagnoni Art Director
Gianni Graziano Makeup
Elli Griff Set Decoration/Design
Michal Grun Stunts
Rene Hajek Stunts
Ron Hersey Camera Operator
Jan Holicek Stunts
Sammy Howarth-Sheldon Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Hric Stunts
Ivo Husnjak Art Director
Slawomir Idziak Cinematographer
Rob Inch Stunts
Charles Ingram Stunts
Roman Jankovic Stunts
Chuck Jeffreys Stunts
Klaus Jindrich Stunts
Martin Kenzie Camera Operator
Ratislav Kotula Stunts
Miroslav Lhotka Stunts
Branko Lustig Executive Producer
Antonio Maltempo Makeup
Branislav Martinak Stunts
Daniele Massaccesi Camera Operator
Arthur Max Production Designer
Emma McGuinness Executive Producer
Lubomir Misak Stunts
Diane Murphy Costumes/Costume Designer
Neil Murphy Costumes/Costume Designer
David Murphy Costumes/Costume Designer
Terry Needham Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Kathy Nelson Musical Direction/Supervision
Ken Nolan Screenwriter
Louis-Marie Nyee Stunts
Peter Olgyay Stunts
Chad Oman Executive Producer
Keith Pain Art Director
Tomas Peterac Stunts
Jan Petrina Stunts
Austin Priester Stunts
Jaroslav Psenicka Stunts
Cliff Robinson Art Director
Monica Sallustio Set Decoration/Design
Alessandra Sampaolo Makeup
Pat Sandston Associate Producer
Stanislav Satko Stunts
Pietro Scalia Editor
Robin Shenfield Executive Producer
Suzanne Smith Casting
Jamal Souissi Production Manager
Mike Stenson Executive Producer
Bonnie Timmermann Casting
Jon Title Sound/Sound Designer
Marek Toth Stunts
Marco Trentini Art Director
Martin Uhrovcik Stunts
Miroslav Valka Stunts
Simon West Executive Producer
Steven Zaillian Screenwriter
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start
2. The Plan
3. X Marks the Spot
4. Irene
5. Early Warning System
6. The Assault Begins
7. "Man Down!"
8. KIA
9. Super Six One Down
10. Chalk Four Advances
11. Evacuating the Wounded
12. The Roadblock
13. Search & Rescue Team
14. Super Six Four Down
15. The Lost Convoy
16. Two-Man Rescue Squad
17. Crash Site Overrun
18. Sniper!
19. Durant the Hostage
20. Clamping the Artery
21. Night Battle
22. Little Bird Attack
23. The Rescue Convoy Arrives
24. Removing Wolcott's Body
25. Rolling Out
26. Running the Mogadishu Mile
27. Return to Pakistan Stadium
28. American Heroes


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Black Hawk Down 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
JCWilkerson More than 1 year ago
In October of 1993, in an effort to secure the Somali town of Mogadishu, Task Force Ranger, comprised of Delta Force soldiers and Rangers, are sent in for a mission that is supposed to last no more than half an hour. But when two Black Hawk helicopters are downed by insurgents with rocket launchers many of the members of Task Force Ranger are left stranded in the city. The ensuing battle lasts for 18 hours. The Battle of Magadishu (also known as The Battle of the Black Sea, Black Hawk Down, and for the Somali's The Day of the Rangers) was both a disaster and a success depending on who you talk to. It was a success in that when all was said and done Task Force Ranger accomplished their main objectives. At the same time, it was a disaster because originally the mission was only supposed to take 30 minutes, but in the end lasted 18 hours and cost the lives of 19 American soldiers and somewhere in the range of 500-2000 Somali's. How do you adapt an 18 hour battle into a two and a half hour movie? Very carefully, and had the movie been placed in a less capable director's hands than Ridley Scott's (Alien, Gladiator) this movie could very well have been a disaster. Ridley Scott, though, along with first time screenwriter Ken Nolan, do their best to capture the battle in a truly authentic light, and they do an amazing job. From what I hear (I have a lot more to learn about the battle) this is possibly the most accurate depiction of a battle ever put to film. I would also argue that it's the best example of modern urban warfare put to film as well. The performances in this film are amazing as, despite a hugely recognizable cast (something I might just be saying because many of the actors in this movie have become huge since, and weren't as big at the time) there is no vanity amongst the actors. Their lack of vanity only adds to the realism, and also builds up the feeling of brotherhood as they act out the battle in the field. All in all, if there was going to be an argument against this film it would really only be the fact that there's not much character development. In the end, though, it's not as much about the characters as it is about the units. It's not as much about the battle as it is a reminder that there are still soldiers that carry the DNA of bravery and brotherhood that we saw in the World War II elite. And it's not so much about Somalia as it is about the war fronts we fight on throughout the world whether in Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc. If you haven't seen this movie yet, definitely give it a shot. 4.5/5
JJNolin More than 1 year ago
The movie Black Hawk Down is about an America military conflict in Somalia, the Battle of Mogadishu, on October 3, 1993. In a mission that was supposed to take Rangers and Delta Force 30 minutes to remove a brutal drug leader; ended up taking 19 hours to complete, they now were in for the fight of their lives. I like this movie because the way the director was able to show the passing of time. The mission took 19 hours but he was able to show it all in two and a half hours. The special effects in the movie were superb. What I like most about this movie is the way the director showed both the good and the bad to this conflict. While he still kept the movie as accurate as he could with the way some soldiers died, which is pretty graphic. It is very gory and not for the squeamish or faint of heart. Black Hawk Down is a very upbeat, action packed movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is one of my favorite movies and I would highly recommend that you buy this movie and add it to your collection of movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is simply a great action movie with non stop action from beginning to end. Many of my friends thought there was too much action without any breaks and thus they found the movie very intense. This is a valid criticism. However, I believe that Ridley Scott was trying to be as true as possible to the reality of what happened to these soldiers over a 15 hour period in hostile Mogadishu, Somalia. The helicopter action is excellent and a pilot friend described it as very true to life for Hollywood. If you like choppers then see this movie. Tom Sizemore is excellent as usual with a good performance from Josh Hartnett whom I consider a little too home grown american at times .. e.g. Pearl Harbour etc. The ending is ordinary but I'm sure this was what Scott wanted for this film. Any type of Gung-Ho Hollywood (American) ending would have betrayed the film and indeed those who died in combat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the action highlights of 2001-2002. But of note is the actor with most of the best lines in the movie. Aussie Eric Bana plays Delta SGT FC Hoot Gibson and possibly has most of the best lines in the film. His portrayal of a native Texan is virtually flawless. He was noticed most recently in the movie ''Chopper'', a true story of an Australian criminal. His dry wit combined with a serious attitude makes him a joy to watch in Black Hawk Down. Many await his protrayal of The Hulk. Well done Eric.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was extremely infomative. I wasn't aware of how devastating this war really was. I was kept on the edge of my seat with my fingers crossed thoughout the whole movie. I hope that everyone will enjoy this thrilling movie as much as I did. It made me truly appreciate the work of our armed forces. Thank you, Ridley Scott, for this amazing film!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie was incredible. Having read the book twice, once before and once afterward. I have become even more astounded at the quality of this film. I personally felt it should have been nominated for best picture. It was the the best war flick since Saving Private Ryan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie in the theater and it was the best movie i ever saw. It opens eyes the fallibility of the united states. And i cnat wait for this movie to be released on DVD so i can watch it over and over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know the true story from the book and spent alot of time researching material and reading the stories from the survivors of that day and night. Awsome movie!! Plus the audio is wonderful. You are in the firefight in this movie, you see what Rangers and Delta do, plus the mind set is DEAD ON perfect. The guys portraying Delta force operators were right on mark with the real men. Plus the sounds were not doctored...for example, the miniguns firing on the blackhawks are the actual sound of the weapon, not a hollywood ''make it sound cool'' dub added in.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Black Hawk Down is truly a masterpiece. Every actor in the ensemble cast is convincing and Oscar-worthy. The movie brilliantly shows the struggle of both the Somalians and the Americans who try to help them. Its release comes at a perfect time in this new age of patriotism. Some scenes of movie are very graphic and unforgettable. Unlike other war movies that have preceded it, Black Hawk Down really brings you into the fight and the abrupt ending leaves you beat up just like the American Rangers and Delta Force infantry. It is a story of courage and valor that ranks as the best war movie ever filmed. Buy it. You will be watching this one over and over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was well written and directed, but especially played very well by Josh Harnett. Being fond of the Marine Corps, this was a must see movie for me. Not only was this movie action packed, but it was REAL action. Watching a true story is much better than some made up Hollywood junk.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was great because there really wasint a happy time ,The graphics and pictures of the realism were the best Ive seen sense braveheart
Guest More than 1 year ago
Puts Saving Private Ryan as my favorite movie in question. People say it's to confusing. That's what war is like. CONFUSING!!!!! The men that were there said it was so realistic,''It looked like someone had taken a video camera in there with us.'' Very good special effects.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie I have seen in a really long time. It has awesome special effects, and it's no wonder why practically all the movie go-ers and reporters gave it five stars. I really enjoyed this movie. I would recommend it to almost anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is phonominal, with intense gritty action, and in my opinion the most accurate and intense movie of modern war ever put on film. ''...I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy...'' this line from the Ranger Creed is the reason the battle on October 3rd 1993 took place. This film is a testiment to our countries elite warriors. Delta Force, Rangers and the unsung 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment ''Night Stalkers'' all of these groups are represented in a way never seen before in film history. A must own movie if you truly value heroism.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know one of the ARMY Rangers that was there I was stationed in Hawaii with him about six months after it happened and I remember him telling me how they were running down the streets firing down the alleys at the somalian's. And I remember in the Army magazine we got showing the two Delta Force Sergeant's that were awarded the medal of honor. This movie was a no love story in your face this is how it was as told by the guys that were there. Excellent movie!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this mvie Really deserves 5 stars! I t was intense and engrossing and really made me appreciate living in America even more. Everything about it is amazing which is exactly waht I expect of Ridley Scott.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you haven't seen this movie, do so now! I already saw it a few times. It is wonderful! Especiallt those helicopter raids...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Black Hawk Down is a great film. To an individual familiar with American operations in Somalia during 1992 and 1993, this movie is remarkably accurate, from the chronology of events down to the smallest details of the special operations troops' uniforms. The film does a tremendous job in showing the heroism of the soldiers of Task Force Ranger, and also gives a good dipiction of the Somali perspective. There are some minor innacuracies, but they contribute to the plot and so are excusable. The film is not only dramatic and exciting, but informative as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was the boost we all needed to salute the armed forces in this time. Although the ending is bittersweet, it shows the true comraderey between friends and soldiers. No Hollywood ending here. No Behind Enemy Lines un realistic attitude
Guest More than 1 year ago
My brother flys Back Hawks, and knew some of the guys that died. Other pilots he trained. When they made the movie they needed pilots to fly the birds, and they came back from the filming shaken up because some of the manuvers were more dangerous than originally flown! Great movie, but the book was better. It went into a lot more detail. And the book keeps going where the movie ended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No movie is better; no story could make you prouder of our Armed Forces. From the beginning, like a building thunder storm the story unrolls and the plan unravels. You feel as if you are there and experience the not only pain, but perhaps the rage that such an event could of ever happen. While the political responsible is total ignored in the film, the bravery, integrity, and heroic efforts of the Army Rangers and Delta Force shines through. The portrayal of Delta Force Sergeants Gary Gordon and Randy Shughart valiant effort to defend one of the downed Black Hawks is one of the films strongest moments. The depiction of all the soldiers and the actions they took will make you proud of all those involved in the battle. The film should be required viewing for all Americans and we should be thankful such men exist. We owe them all our thanks and gratitude.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Was the best movie I've ever seen so far.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie because of acting, sound, reality, directing, cinematography, action, and Orlando. Read the synopsis to see if it's your kind of movie. There are great action scenes, fights, and realness of what actually happened on that day in Somalia. And it makes you even more proud and in awe of the U.S. soldiers and their job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Black hawk Down is the greatest movie ever because it gives us an opportunity to see what the American Soldiers had to go through in the Mogadishu fighting .It was also a great movie that touched me alot. Josh Hartnett, Thomas Guiry, and Orlando Bloom were great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just think, that all really happened. It is a great movie. It is very realistic. It is not a movie where one guy went in with two guns never got shot and killed everbody. This is a very good movie for people who like war movies.