Black Hawk Down
  • Black Hawk Down
  • Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down

4.6 78
Director: Ridley Scott

Cast: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Jason Isaacs

     
 

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A quickly forgotten chapter in United States military history is relived in this harrowing war drama from director Ridley Scott, based on a series of Philadelphia Inquirer articles and subsequent book by reporter Mark Bowden. On October 3rd, 1993, an elite team of more than 100 Delta Force soldiers and Army Rangers, part of a larger United Nations peacekeeping force,… See more details below

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Overview

A quickly forgotten chapter in United States military history is relived in this harrowing war drama from director Ridley Scott, based on a series of Philadelphia Inquirer articles and subsequent book by reporter Mark Bowden. On October 3rd, 1993, an elite team of more than 100 Delta Force soldiers and Army Rangers, part of a larger United Nations peacekeeping force, are dropped into civil war-torn Mogadishu, Somalia, in an effort to kidnap two of local crime lord Mohamed Farah Aidid's top lieutenants. Among the team: Staff Sgt. Matt Eversmann (Josh Hartnett), Ranger Lt. Col. Danny McKnight (Tom Sizemore), the resourceful Delta Sgt. First Class Jeff Sanderson (William Fichtner), and Ranger Spec. Grimes (Ewan McGregor), a desk-bound clerk getting his first taste of live combat. When two of the mission's Black Hawk helicopters are shot down by enemy forces, the Americans -- committed to recovering every man, dead or alive -- stay in the area too long and are quickly surrounded. The ensuing firefight is a merciless 15-hour ordeal and the longest ground battle involving American soldiers since the Vietnam War. In the end, 70 soldiers are injured and 18 are dead, along with hundreds of Somalians. Black Hawk Down was voted one of the top ten films of the year by the National Board of Review prior to its limited Oscar-qualifying release. On the basis of his work in this film, co-star Eric Bana, a relatively unknown Australian actor playing Delta Sgt. First Class "Hoot" Gibson, won the lead in director Ang Lee's version of The Hulk (2003).

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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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Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/2006
UPC:
0043396150232
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:24:00
Sales rank:
5,319

Special Features

Includes Blu-Wizard technology; Control your viewing experience; Customize the way you watch the special features; Let the Blu-Wizard navigate for you - arm the Blu-Wizard to put the content in context within the film; Audio commentaries with director Ridley Scott, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, author Mark Bowden & screenwriter Ken Nolan and U.S. special forces veterans; The essence of combat featurettes

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

Disc #1 -- Black Hawk Down
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16

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