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 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 ... Nurse #1
Dena Johnston 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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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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When John McTiernan was approached to direct, John Travolta had already been signed to portray the pivotal character of Tom Hardy, an ex-Ranger and D.E.A. Agent, who has been suspended amidst allegations of taking bribes. See more »

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After interviewing Kendall, while Osbourne is driving the Humvee she motions as if she is turning the steering wheel. The steering wheel does not move indicative of the spokes. 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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Natural Blues
Written by Moby (as Richard (Moby) Hall), Vera Hall & Alan Lomax
Performed by Moby
Courtesy of V2 Records, Inc./Mute Records Ltd.
Contains a sample from "Trouble So Hard"
Written by Vera Hall & Alan Lomax
Performed by Vera Hall
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A Thinking Film
31 July 2003 | by RoswellJenSee all my reviews

I read a review in my local paper saying that this film was boring. But I like John Travolta and wanted to see it to form my own opinion and my opinion was that it was really good. I think there were a lot of plot twists and turns and you really had to pay attention to see where things were going, if you didn't watch every second of it then you were going to miss something crucial to the plotline. I think this is one of the best movies of the last year, no matter what other people say. I liked it, and so did my whole family. Two thumbs up!


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Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 2003 (USA) See more »

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Basic See more »

Filming Locations:

Costa Rica See more »

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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,511,960, 30 March 2003

Gross USA:

$26,793,311

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,792,561
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2.39 : 1
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