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A D.E.A. 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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John McTiernan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Hardy
Connie Nielsen ... Osborne
Samuel L. Jackson ... West
Tim Daly ... Styles
Giovanni Ribisi ... Kendall
Brian Van Holt ... Dunbar
Taye Diggs ... Pike
Dash Mihok ... Mueller
Cristián de la Fuente ... Castro
Roselyn Sanchez ... Nunez
Harry Connick Jr. ... Vilmer
Georgia Hausserman Georgia Hausserman ... Pilot
Margaret Travolta Margaret Travolta ... Nurse #1
Dena Johnston ... Nurse #2
Nick Loren ... Helicopter Pilot
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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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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Básico y letal See more »

Filming Locations:

Costa Rica See more »

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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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Color

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2.35 : 1
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The film was influenced by Akira Kurosawa's Rashômon (1950). See more »

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In the scene where Pike is climbing the cliff and Sgt West is challenging him to use his brain, there's a moderate, steady rain shower. When Sgt West throws his pack down the cliff, there's no rain as his pack is shown falling. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Featured in Basic: A Director's Design (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Bolero
Written by Maurice Ravel
Performed by Hungarian State Orchestra
Conducted by Ádám Fischer
Courtesy of LaserLight Digital
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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it could have been real good but...
20 May 2005 | by icemanrrSee all my reviews

now a days, you see a movie and in the middle of it, you already know the ending, so it's really refreshing to see that 'basic' defies that! i was really having a blast, was loving it, and when the end came i was blown away, but for only one second, because then the brain kicked in, and realize that the plot was wrong, didn't made sense! there were so many twists (and i love that in a movie) that even the editors got confused, if that ending was meant to be, than there were things that happened earlier on, that don't make sense, that are just wrong.

despite all that i liked the movie, i enjoyed't when i was watching and even more when i came out of the theater room and debated with my friends, trying to make sense on why some scenes happened, i bought the DVD only to get to the sad conclusion that i was right and there's something wrong with the story. if only the story would have matched, it would be, one of my favorite action movies!


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