New in the acclaimed series—based on the bestselling book by Mark Bowden, the new movie from acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator), and renowned producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pearl Harbor) starring Josh Hartnett, coming from Revolution Studios and distributed by Columbia Pictures in January 2002. Based on actual events, Black Hawk Down is the heroic account of a group of elite US soldiers sent into Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993 as part of a UN peacekeeping operation to quell the civil war and famine ravaging the country. Young Rangers and veteran Delta Force soldiers fight side by side against overwhelming odds. For eighteen harrowing hours, outnumbered and surrounded, tensions flare, friends are lost, alliances are formed and soldiers learn the true nature of war and heroism. The cast also includes: Eric Bana, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, William Fichiner, and Sam Shepard. 20 b/w photos. credits.
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Before it was a popular movie; Black Hawk down was a book by Mark Bowden who chronicles a little known incident. One of our birds, a black hawk, was shot down and then over run by rebels. This book takes you deep into the danger zones of Mogadishu, Somalia. This intense combat mirrors the jungle wars of yesteryear but it happen in clear view in a hostile city. The soldiers were not there for war, but to help out. The account is riveting and Black Hawk Down: a Story of Modern War by Mark Bowden captures the chaos of the fog of war. The interesting aspect of this incident that happen less than 20 years ago, is that it seems simplistic in the context of our current war on terror.
the movie was good.....the book was better. the only disagreement i have is that the movie portrayed the rangers as 'green' or 'inexperienced' which they certainly are not.