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Basic (2003)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hardy
... Osborne
... West
... Styles
... Kendall
... Dunbar
... Pike
... Mueller
... Castro
... Nunez
... Vilmer
Georgia Hausserman ... Pilot
Margaret Travolta ... Nurse #1
... Nurse #2
... 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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28 March 2003 (USA)  »

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Básico y letal  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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James Vanderbilt made good on the promise of a story with lots of twists and turns, said producer Mike Medavoy, Chairman and CEO of Phoenix Pictures. He said: "When I read the script for Basic (2003), I was captivated. It is packed with dark, Hitchcockian twists and turns. The story is told by several characters whose versions conflict with one another, which keeps the audience guessing as to what happened that day in the jungle, and why. It all leads up to a surprise ending that you never see coming." See more »

Goofs

Dunbar tells West that the muzzle velocity of his M16A2 is 700 meters per second. The actual muzzle velocity of that weapon is 975 meters per second. 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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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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I liked it...
22 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

There's a whole lot of deep analysis going on here, but in the end, since so many others have analyzed this to death, I would recommend just watching it with an open mind and seeing if you find it entertaining.

I thought it original to a point, well acted out, and while predictable on a couple points, for the most part, leaving me wondering when we would find out the absolute truth of what the heck was going on...

Maybe later I will put something more in depth here, but for now, beware of the critics and their "plot holes," because in the end, aside from a couple very small glitches, this was pretty well done.


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