Black Hawk Down

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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, 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 ...
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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, 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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Special Features

Disc 1: Widescreen, digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video; commentary by producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Ridley Scott author Mark Bowden, screenwriter Ken Nolan, and U.S. Special Forces veterans (‘93); filmographies, weblinks; English, French, and Spanish 5.1 Dolby digital audio; English, French, Spanish, Chinese, and Thai subtitles. Disc 2: "The Essense of Combat: Making Black Hawk Down;" "Getting It Right;" "Crash Course;" "Battlefield: Morocco;" "Hymn to the Fallen;" "Digital Warriors;" "After Action Report;" deleted and alternate scenes with optional commentary; production design archive; storyboards with optional commentary; Ridleygrams with optional commentary; Jerry Bruckheimer’s Black Hawk Down photo album; opening title explorations; photo galleries. Disc 3: "The History Channel Presents: The True Story of Black Hawk Down;" "PBS Presents: Frontline: Ambush in Mogadishu;" interactive mission map/timeline; target building insertion -- multi-angle sequence with optional commentary; question & answer forums BAFTA: Ridley Scott, Jerry Bruckheimer, Josh Hartnett, Ewen McGregor, Jason Isaaca, Mark Bowden and Tom Matthews; Motion Pictures Editor’s Guild - Pietro Scalia; American Cinematheque - Jerry Bruckheimer and Ridley Scott; "Gortoz A Ran - J’Attends" music video performed by Denez Prigent and Lisa Gerrard; theatrical poster explorations; theatrical trailers
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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

Driven by scenes of gripping, unflinching battle, touched by the director's talent for communicating through the colors he chooses. Lisa Schwarzbaum
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2003
  • UPC: 043396092884
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: 3-Disc Deluxe Edition
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 2:24:00
  • Format: DVD

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 III Kowalewski
Johnny Strong Shughart
Richard Tyson Busch
Brian Van Holt Struecker
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Gordon
Steve 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 Jr. 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 -- Disc 1
1. Somalia, East Africa
2. Atto Captured
3. Welcome to Mogadishu
4. Rangers & D-Boys
5. Sunday Morning
6. Garrison's Briefing
7. Actionable Intelligence
8. "Irene"
9. Insertion
10. Extraction
11. Super Six One Down
12. Chalk Four on the Move
13. Evacuating the Wounded
14. Under Fire
15. Super Six Four Down
16. Tough Choices
17. The Lost Convoy
18. Shughart & Gordon
19. Regrouping
20. Darkness Falls on the Mog
21. Durant Held Hostage
22. Field Surgery
23. The Alamo
24. Night Stalkers
25. McKnight's Convoy Arrives
26. The Mogadishu Mile
27. Pakistani Stadium
28. Aftermath
1. Avoiding Hollywood Cliché/A Just Intervention/Adid
2. Moroccan Desert/Atto's Ambition/Sam Shepard
3. Casting Internationally/Convincing Accents/Josh Hartnett
4. Boar Hunting/Daily Routines/Depicting Real People
5. Natural Born Talent/Unreliable Intelligence
6. Mission Objectives/Bakara Market/Black Hawk Negotiations
7. Rolling With the Punches/Black Hawk Nicknames
8. Starvation and Dismay/Fear and Intervention/Somali History
9. Over-Armed Community/Aerial Choreography/CGI Brown-Out
10. Clarifying Identities/Details of Battle/The First Death
11. The Man Known as "Sunglasses"/Cinematography
12. Planning and Shot Design/Foreign Policy/Making a Difference
13. Production Design/Pre-visualization/Ridley's Favorite Toy
14. Violence Stranger Than Fiction/Comic Relief/RPGS & Mini-Guns
15. An Impossible Schedule/"The Unpopular Mr. Steele"
16. "It's All About Coverage"/Murphy's Law/Working Relationships
17. Dog Star/Funny Accidents/Distilling the Novel
18. Second Unit Pragmatism/Reaction, Veterans, Families & Critics
19. Heroism/The Alamo/Establishing the Medics
20. Stun Grenades/Culture Shock/Two Sets in One
21. Details of Durant's Cell/Morale Boost From Above
22. Base Screenings/Fair Warning/Harrison Ford on Coffee
23. Organic Characterization/Finding the Film's Voice
24. Night Stalkers Don't Quit/Shooting in the Dark
25. The Ranger Creed/Bodies in the Streets & Artistic Restraint
26. Assaulting and Informing/Deadly Women and Children
27. Ending With More Questions/Garrison's Final Scene
28. A Perfect Epitaph/September 11th/Reaction and Responsibility
1. Refining Somalia's Backstory/Ridley's Secret Scene
2. "The Next Russell Crowe"/Presenting the Somali Point of View
3. A Talented Ensemble/The Importance of Establishing Characters
4. The Real Matt Eversmann/African-American Rangers
5. Shooting Dusk for Dawn/Somali Spy Network
6. Sam Shepard & Clarifying the Mission/Adapting the Book
7. Hi-Tech Surveillance/Distinguishing Characters in an Ensemble
8. "Black Hawk Already Down"/Paying-Off the Long Intro
9. A Surreal Re-enactment/Violence of Action!/Digital Dust
10. Technical Accuracy/Radio Silence for Pilla
11. A Psychological Blow/Task Force Ranger Vets On-Set
12. Composite Characters/Necessary Gore
13. Precision Piloting/U.S. Soldiers: "Robots From the Future"
14. Effective Transitions/360º Battlefield/Necessary Comedy
15. Infinite Permutations of the Same Story/Expanding Bit Parts
16. Heroism Under Pressure/Ridley's Donkey/International Cast
17. McKnight's Stoicism/"The Most Terrifying Phase of the Battle"
18. Shughart & Gordon's Heroism/Durant's Out-of-Body Experience
19. Stories Within Stories/Pacing the Battle/Boot Camp for Actors
20. Hollywood Heroes vs. Real Teamwork/Closure for the Families
21. Casting & Re-casting Firimbi/The Somali Perspective
22. Making Ridley & Jerry Happy/Realistic Violence/Coffee Scene
23. Fictional Names/Increasing Tension for the Third Act
24. "A Ghastly Lottery"/Little Birds/The Soldiers of Generation X
25. Racism/Reaction to Criticism/The Malaysian Contribution
26. One Final Indignity/Shooting at Women & Children
27. No Character Development?/The Warrior Ethos
28. Return to Mogadishu/19 Kias/Different Perspectives
1. Introductions/Task Force Ranger's Mission Overview
2. An Armed and Dangerous Populace/Apprehending Atto
3. Night Stalkers/Arriving In-Country/Austere Conditions
4. Overdramatized Friction/Remembering Shughart & Gordon
5. Eversmann's Coronation/Developing Young Leaders
6. The Calculus of Success/Delta Hairstyles/Urban Combat
7. Mission Help/"Significant Concern About This Location"
8. Flying Over Mogadishu/Atto's True Whereabouts
9. Somalia's National Pastime/Brown-Outs and Blackburn's Fall
10. Rules of Engagement and Details of Extraction
11. "An Additional Mission"/Making Sense of Mogadishu's Streets
12. Chalk Four's Journey/Real Events vs. Movie Chronology
13. Women as Shields, Children as Gunmen/"Shoot-an-American Day"
14. "It Was Like Upsetting a Beehive..."/Griz's Fatal Would
15. Finding the Second Crash Site/Ambushes and Roadblocks
16. Summoning Courage/Hundreds of RPGs Into the Sky
17. Faith in the Filmmakers' Intentions/Isaiah 6:8
18. Paying Tribute to Shughart & Gordon/"Obvious Silence Here..."
19. McKnight's Convoy Returns to Base/Another Black Hawk Down
20. Smith's Sacrifice/Watching the World Series One Night
21. Dangers of the Re-supply Mission
22. Unsung Heroes & Untold Stories/Mark Bowden's Inspiration
23. A Cool Scene That Didn't Happen/Composite Characters
24. The Importance of Air Support/Using the Strobes/High Praise
25. No Need for a Rescue/Leave No Man Behind
26. The Real Mogadishu Mile/Cultural Differences & Local Support
27. McKnight's Expectations/Reality vs. Entertainment
28. Historical Context & Truthful Essence/Final Thoughts
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Side #1 -- Disc 1
   Play Movie
   Audio Set Up
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
         Director/Producer Ridley Scott and Producer Jerry Bruckheimer
            Commentary On
            Commentary Off
         Author Mark Bowden & Screenwriter Ken Nolan
            Commentary On
            Commentary Off
         Task Force Ranger Veterans Msgt. Matt Eversmann, Col. Tom Matthews (Ret.), Col. Danny McKnight (Ret.) & Col. Lee Van Arsdale (Ret.)
            Commentary On
            Commentary Off
            Josh Hartnett (Staff Sargeant Matt Eversmann)
            Eric Bana (Sergeant 1st Class Norm "Hoot" Gibson)
            Ewan McGregor (Company Clerk John Grimes)
            Tom Sizemore (Lt. Colonel Danny McKnight)
            William Fichtner (Sergeant 1st Class Jeff Sanderson)
            Sam Shepard (Major General William Garrison)
            Ron Eldard (Chief Warrant Officer Mike Durant)
            Jason Isaacs (Captain Mike Steele)
            Ridley Scott (Director/Producer)
            Jerry Bruckheimer (Producer)
            Hans Zimmer (Composer)
            Pietro Scalia (Editor)
            Arthur Max (Production Designer)
            Slawomir Idziak (Director of Photography)
            Mark Bowden (Author)
            Ken Nolan (Screenplay)
            Simon West (Executive Producer)
            Mike Stenson (Executive Producer)
            Chad Oman (Executive Producer)
            Branko Lustig (Executive Producer)
Side #2 -- Disc 2
   The Essence of Combat: Making Black Hawk Down
      Play All (2 Hours 31 Mins.)
      Getting It Right (23 Mins.) - Story & Character
      Crash Course (30 Mins.) - Military Orientation
      Battlefield: Morocco (30 Mins.) - On Location
      Hymn to the Fallen (18 Mins.) - Film Score
      Digital Warriors (25 Mins.) - Visual Effects
      After Action Report (25 Mins.) - Final Thoughts
   Image & Design
      Designing Mogadishu (15 Mins.)
      Production Design Archive
         View All
         U.S. Base/J.O.C.
         Hawlwadig Road
         Target Building
         Graffiti, Signage and Urban Art
         Crash Sites
         Pakistani Stadium
         Misc. Mogadishu
      Storyboards (7 Mins.)
         Select Initial Angle: Storyboards by Sylvain Despretz
         Select Initial Angle: Storyboard/Shot Comparison
         Select Initial Audio: Commentary by Sylvain Despretz
         Select Initial Audio: Music Track
      Ridleygrams (7 Mins.)
         Select Initial Angle: Storyboards by Ridley Scott
         Select Initial Angle: Storyboard/Shot Comparison
         Select Initial Audio: Analysis by Sylvain Despretz
         Select Initial Audio: Music Track
      Jerry Bruckheimer's BHD Photo Album (6 Mins.)
      Photo Galleries
         View All
         Cast Portraits
         Special Shoot
         U.S. Base/J.O.C.
         Bakara Market
         Mogadishu Streets
         Crash Sites
         The Alamo/Durant's Cell
         The Mogadishu Mile
         Pakistani Stadium
         Crew Apparel
      Title Design Explorations (3 Mins.)
         Play With Commentary by Flavio (Kampah) Campagna
   Deleted & Alternate Scenes
      Play All (20 Mins.)
      Play All With Commentary by Ridley Scott
      Scene Index
         Narrated Opening
         Ping Pong Injury
         Triage & O.R.
         Night Moves
         Taking Stock
         Alternate Ending
      Subtitles Off
Side #3 -- Disc 3
   Historical Archive
      The History Channel Presents: The True Story of Black Hawk Down (100 Mins.)
      PBS Presents: Frontline - Ambush in Mogadishu (60 Mins.)
      Mission Timeline
   Target Building Insertion Multi-Angle Sequence
      Select Initial Angle: Cam 1
      Select Initial Angle: Cam 2
      Select Initial Angle: Cam 3
      Select Initial Angle: Cam 4
      Select Initial Angle: Cam 5
      Select Initial Angle: Cam 6
      6 Camera Composite
      Select Initial Audio: Production Sound
      Select Initial Audio: Commentary by Terry Needham
      Play Sequence
   Q & A Forums
      Play All
      BAFTA: Ridley Scott, Jerry Bruckheimer, Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Jason Isaac, Mark Bowen & Tom Matthews
      Motion Picture Editor's Guild: Pietro Scalia
      American Cinematheque: Ridley Scott & Jerry Bruckheimer
      Theatrical Trailer and TV Spots
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         Black Hawk Down Theatrical Trailer
         TV Spots: Compassion/Event Revised
         TV Spots: Witness the Courage Final Revised
         TV Spots: Emotion Quotes
         TV Spots: Unforgettable Alternate
         TV Spots: Triumph
         TV Spots: Review
         TV Spots: Josh
         TV Spots: #1 Movie Stars
         TV Spots: Academy Awards
         TV Spots: Action Quotes Final
      Poster Concepts
      Music Video: "Gortoz A Ran - J'Attends" by Denez Prigent & Lisa Gerrard
      Bonus Trailers
         Tears of the Sun
      Subtitles Off
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Black Hawk Down

    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.


    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 7, 2010

    Highly Recommended-Amazing Movie!

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A great modern war movie

    Although some changes were made from the book this is a very good movie which captures the camaraderie within the Army.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    For a non-war movie person, I was spellbound.

    I don't like war movies, and I usually detest when my family comes home with a new set of hour-by-hour blood and guts movies. But somehow, Black Hawk Down has become one of my favorite movies, almost by accident. The performances are 100% from each actor, and the realism of how they portray their characters is astounding. I love the story itself, mostly I think because many people may not know of it. In this generation, even the most important things in the military and our world are easily being forgotten for "bigger and better" events, yet I think it is important to remember these events, even as we have entered another country in a similar fashion.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Blue-ray Enhanced Version Worthwhile

    This film is action packed and the enhanced Blue-ray visual and soundtrack only make the film more powerful if you ever thought that could be possible. The performances by all the actors in this fim are first rate and the helicopter action is the best I've ever seen. This is a must have for your video collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Completely Unforgettable

    I just finished watching this movie for the first time today and it left me in complete silence. I can't seem to get it off of my mind! The movie was a complete visual guide that reveals what exactly the army experiences during war. Not only is it emotionally draining, but almost too real. It really gave me an eye opener. I will never see war as an angry battle between groups of people. This movie proved to me that it goes much deeper than that. I respect the screenwriters, director, producers, and actors for developing such an extraordinary film. I will truly never forget it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    black hawk down

    this movie was something and reminded me of other movies similar like saving private ryan and recently death watch. basically about a group heading over to somolia and thus in the process have unexpected surprises in store.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome, but sickening realism.

    As an army black hawk crew chief that has flown many air assault missions, I can truly say this movie is to real. My helo has been shot at many times (never by an RPG, thank god) and there is a rush of adrenaline like no other when u shoot back. This movie brings me back a long ways every time I watch it. The fact that they can make it seem so real is incredible. Please support your troops because we go through a lot of crap (i.e. being shot at, living in a desert for a year at a time without their families. etc etc.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    War as it is

    The realism of this war movie is only surpassed by Saving Private Ryan. It doesn't get more bloody and real than this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Comes to Life

    This story comes to life on the screen. You don't know whether to sit on the edge of your seat or whether to cover your head with a blanket. It seems too horrible to be true, but the ugly truth of the matter is that it is what war is all about. WAR--up close and ugly--as only war can be. But--it's a story you can't pull yourself away from. You're drawn into the human element, and you can't let go.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010


    Even though I am only 10 this is my favorite war movie I have because it demonstrates warfare the best.This is a must see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    good movie, very tragic story.

    I found this movie to be very graphic, but very well made. I cannot make an educated decision on the realism of the battle scenes as I have never been in combat. But, those scenes looked real enough to give viewers a good idea of how truly horrible war is. Unfortunately, the tragedy surrounding these characters did not end in Somalia. There was one major discrepancy between this film and real life. Matt Eversmann(it may have been another main character) is a made up name. His character was renamed because the man he represents is, in real life, a convicted child molester. His name was changed to avoid embarrassment of our military. Don't believe me? Check out Russ Kick's 50 Things You're Not Supposed To Know. I am sure this name change was highly beneficial to the studio as well. This knocks this movie down a notch in my opinion. Instead of getting an honest portrayal of an imperfect, multidimensional person(i.e. a very good soldier but also a sick pervert), we are shown a glossed up version of a the story in the name of profit, certainly not art.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great History Movie

    I loved the movie because it was one of those events that we don't hear much about and after seeing it makes you want to reasearch about it to see what happened in the eyes of the Rangers, and Delta.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Look at Our Armed Forces

    When you watch Black Hawk Down you get an accurate first-hand look at US Army Rangers, our most elite fighting force. The actors went to boot camp together and went through all the same training (although much less) as true army rangers. This gave them a true sense of comradeship, as they learned to live by the ranger creed. They weren't concerned with winning any awards for acting; they were more interesting in doing honor to the real life characters they were representing. It all makes for a very realistic movie. The movie itself tells the story of an event that was viewed by the public as a tragic loss where our soldiers died in vain. In reality (as the movie shows), these soldiers did not die in vain and they fought bravely. They did accomplish their mission as well. The media focused only on the loss of our soldiers and twisted it into a horrible defeat. The soldiers who were thrown into the battle were not defeated by any means. It is wrong to say that those soldiers died in vain. They fought for each other and for their country, and in that they were victorious. If you have trouble following the movie, read the book by Mark Bowden. Even if you don't have trouble following along, reading the book opens up so much more in the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Depiction of 3rd world warfare

    Excelent movie!!! Shows how modern urban warfare can be and also the United States special forces in action. A must see. 2 thumbs up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Black Hawk Down

    It was great and as realistic as it gets. The actors played wonderfully.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Totally Involving

    Wonderfully shot, this movie gives you insight into the weaponry, destruction, fear, adrenaline and (most evocatively) confusion on today's modern battlefield. These ''quick'' and flexible firefights are the way wars will be fought for the forseeable future and it is harrowing. It also shows that America's achilles heal throughout the years (evacuating the wounded) is still part of our war culture.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Black Hawk Down

    I found it very intriguing. Although sad as it was both in real life and the movie, you must see it. It is graphic but it gives you a sense being there with the soldiers, experiencing what they were feeling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My Favorite Picture Of All Times

    I enjoyed watching the movies Black Hawk Down when it arrived at the movies. My favorite part when Matt Eversman chalk was roping in and he look to his right and said, ''RPG''. America should have sent at least 300 rangers which would have kept the American casualty rate lower. The Somalians fought good with what they had but between 115-120 rangers held off thousands of Somalians. I recently purchased the Black Hawk Down Special Edition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010


    this was a terrific film. it kept me on the edge of my seat almost the whole time. movies like black hawk down show a much more 'realistic' point of view. and the acting is superb!'s a must see in my book!!!

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