Black Hawk DownDirector: Ridley Scott
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).
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.
No war movie I have ever seen so vividly shows battle from differing perspectives. Mike Clark
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Cast & Crew
|Josh Hartnett||Ranger Staff Sgt. Matt Eversmann|
|Ewan McGregor||Ranger spec. Grimes|
|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|
|Hugh Dancy||Ranger Sgt. First Class Kurt Schmid|
|Ron Eldard||Chief Warrant Officer Mike Durant|
|Gabriel Casseus||Ranger Spec. Mike Kurth|
|Brian Van Holt||Struecker|
|Johann Myers||Somali Father|
|Abdibashir Mohamed Hersi||Somali Spy|
|Kofi Amankwah||Somali Kid|
|Joshua Quarcoo||Somali Kid|
|Lee Geohagen||Somali son with gun|
|Hatimi Ahmed||Asst. Director|
|Blondel Aidoo||Executive Producer|
|Bob Badami||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Pier Luigi Basile||Art Director|
|Neil Corbould||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Roberta Federico||Set Decoration/Design|
|Rachid Gaidi||Asst. Director|
|Gianni Giovagnoni||Art Director|
|Elli Griff||Set Decoration/Design|
|Ron Hersey||Camera Operator|
|Sammy Howarth-Sheldon||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Ivo Husnjak||Art Director|
|Martin Kenzie||Camera Operator|
|Branko Lustig||Executive Producer|
|Daniele Massaccesi||Camera Operator|
|Arthur Max||Production Designer|
|Emma McGuinness||Executive Producer|
|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|
|Chad Oman||Executive Producer|
|Keith Pain||Art Director|
|Cliff Robinson||Art Director|
|Monica Sallustio||Set Decoration/Design|
|Pat Sandston||Associate Producer|
|Robin Shenfield||Executive Producer|
|Jamal Souissi||Production Manager|
|Mike Stenson||Executive Producer|
|Jon Title||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Marco Trentini||Art Director|
|Simon West||Executive Producer|
|Hans Zimmer||Score Composer|
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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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!!!!!!!
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.
If you haven't seen this movie, do so now! I already saw it a few times. It is wonderful! Especiallt those helicopter raids...
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.
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
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.
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.
Was the best movie I've ever seen so far.
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.
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.
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.