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Basic (2003)

A DEA agent investigates the disappearance of a legendary Army ranger drill sergeant and several of his cadets during a training exercise gone severely awry.

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Tom Hardy, an ex-Army Ranger turned DEA agent, is drawn into an ever-widening mystery surrounding the disappearance of the feared and often hated Sgt. Nathan West, as well as several of his elite Special Forces trainees on what appears, at first, to have been a routine training exercise during a hurricane in the jungles of Panama. Only two survivors are found, Dunbar, and a badly wounded Kendall, the son of a high-profile Joint Chiefs of Staff official. Neither is willing to cooperate with Capt. Julia Osborne's investigation. So base commander Col. Bill Styles calls in ex-Ranger Hardy, an old friend and a persuasive interrogator. Osborne disapproves of Hardy who is on leave from the D.E.A. after having come under suspicion of accepting bribes from local drug traffickers. She is also uneasy when she learns that Hardy once trained under West and hates him almost as passionately as his current recruits. With time running out, Hardy and Osborne call a temporary, if uneasy, truce. Hardy ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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In a Secret War Truth is the Enemy. See more »


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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28 March 2003 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,511,960, 30 March 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$26,536,120, 4 May 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,999,250, 31 May 2004
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Trivia

John McTiernan wanted to give the audience the sense of moving "deeper and deeper into the jungle." See more »

Goofs

When Sgt. West comes into the bunker, he traps Mueller, fully dressed, against the support beam with the knife. However, Mueller, without his shirt on, is also the first one he stabbed. Mueller is simultaneously shown lying dead on the ground shirtless, and pushed down, wearing a shirt. See more »

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Osbourne: [narration] The French tried to build a canal here before the Americans. At the height of their effort, 500 workers were dyin' a week from malaria and yellow fever. They couldn't come up with cemetary space fast enough. Not to mention the morale problem all those crosses would have made. So they bought shiploads of vinegar in Cuba, and in each barrel, they sealed one corpse, and then they sold them as medical cadavers all over Europe. And for a while, that was their principal source...
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Black Betty
Adapted & Arranged by Peter Beckett
Performed by Player featuring Peter Beckett
Produced by Peter Beckett for Right Hook Productions
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A real stinker
28 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is a movie with a lame plot that tries to save itself through flashback sequences, a forced love interest and numerous illogical plot twists. If you took the most insipid sequences from "General's Daughter", "Broken Arrow", "Face-off" and "Swordfish", assembled them together, you'd still have something better than this movie.


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