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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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Hardy
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Osborne
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West
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Styles
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Kendall
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Dunbar
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Pike
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Mueller
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Castro
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Nunez
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Vilmer
Georgia Hausserman ...
Pilot
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Nurse #1
Dena Johnston ...
Nurse #2
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Helicopter Pilot
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Helicopter Pilot
Steven Maye ...
CID Officer
Jonathan Rau ...
G.I. on the Tarmac
Tait Ruppert ...
Jeep Driver (as Tait Rupert)
Timothy S. Wester ...
Doctor
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Curtis Ricks ...
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Charles L. Fails ...
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Directed by

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John McTiernan

Written by

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James Vanderbilt ... (written by)

Produced by

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Moritz Borman ... executive producer
Anson Downes ... associate producer
Linda Favila ... associate producer
Bradley J. Fischer ... co-executive producer
Andy Given ... co-producer (as Andrew D. Given)
Basil Iwanyk ... executive producer
Jonathan D. Krane ... executive producer
Mike Medavoy ... producer
Arnold Messer ... producer (as Arnie Messer)
Lee Nelson ... co-producer
Louis Phillips ... co-producer
Nigel Sinclair ... executive producer
Dror Soref ... co-producer
Michael Tadross ... producer
James Vanderbilt ... producer

Music by

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Klaus Badelt

Cinematography by

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Steve Mason

Film Editing by

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George Folsey Jr.

Editorial Department

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Steve Calalang ... dailies colorist
Mo Henry ... negative cutter
Michael Ilasi ... post-production assistant
James Nichols Jr. ... assistant editor
Robert Raring ... color timer (as Bob Raring)
Mark Scovil ... assistant editor
Brad Wilhite ... associate editor (as Brad E. Wilhite)

Casting By

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Patricia McCorkle ... (as Pat McCorkle)

Production Design by

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Dennis Bradford

Art Direction by

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Gary Kosko

Set Decoration by

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Vera Mills

Costume Design by

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Kate Harrington

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Allan A. Apone ... makeup artist: Mr. Jackson
Adam Brandy ... key second unit makeup artist
Michelle Bühler ... makeup artist: Mr. Travolta (as Michelle Buhler)
Lee Grimes ... makeup artist: additional photography
Lisa Miller ... makeup artist
Peggy Nicholson ... key hair stylist
Robert L. Stevenson ... hair stylist: Mr. Jackson
Yolanda Toussieng ... hair stylist: Mr. Travolta
Brian Wade ... special makeup effects crew (uncredited)

Production Management

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Terra Abroms ... post-production supervisor
Daniel R. Chavez ... executive in charge of post production
Mauri Freed ... unit manager
Borjan Jovanovich ... assistant production manager (as Boki Jovanovich)
Justin Moritt ... unit production manager
Julian Valdes ... unit manager: Panama unit
Sandy Watterson ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Frank Capra III ... first assistant director: additional photography
Mischa Hausserman ... second unit director
Anel E. Moreno ... assistant director
Jesse Nye ... second second assistant director
Douglas Plasse ... second assistant director (as Douglas T. Plasse)
Michael Tadross Jr. ... second second assistant director
Julian Wall ... first assistant director

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Jason Arteaga ... scenic foreman
Bruce Bisbey ... art department coordinator
Amanda S. Burns ... construction production assistant
Rex Christensen ... on-set dresser
James P. Crapser ... propmaker gang boss
Peter Damien ... propmaker foreman
Michael J. Flynn ... greensman
Kate Forry Guanci ... carpenter (as Kate D. Forry)
Douglas Fox ... property master
Geoffrey S. Grimsman ... set designer
James Hayward ... set dresser
Michael Hendrick ... set dresser
Jude Kahle ... scenic artist
Paul D. Kelly ... assistant art director
Richard A. McCarthy ... plaster department head
Jeff 'J.Mac' McDonald ... greensman
Herman McEachin ... scenic charge
Jody McFarland ... scenic artist
William D. McLane ... greensman
Arturo Mendez ... signs painter
Deborah Palmer ... assistant art director
Dan Pemberton ... construction coordinator: additional photography
Jeremy Alan Read ... greensman
Julia Starr Sanford ... set designer (as Julie Sanford)
Christopher Scheetz ... construction coordinator: Panama
Jeffrey Schlatter ... construction coordinator
Roger Sherman ... scenic artist
Tim Steinouer ... props
Joseph E. Stone ... art supplier
Johnny Thombleson ... scenic artist
Gary Tuers ... assistant property master
Dan Wilkerson ... greensman
Alan S. Reynolds ... scenic artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Michael Aretsky ... adr trailer/PNC Engineering
David E. Campbell ... re-recording mixer (as David Campbell)
Michael C. Casper ... additional sound re-recording mixer (as Michael Casper)
Mike Chock ... sound effects editor (as Michael Chock)
Harry Cohen ... sound effects editor
Patrick Cusack ... assistant sound editor
Andrew DeCristofaro ... supervising sound editor
Marc Deschaine ... adr assistant
Joe Dorn ... adr supervisor
Lee Dragu ... adr studio manager
David Esparza ... sound effects editor
Ken Fischer ... sound effects editor (as Ken Fisher)
Angela Hackner ... sound recordist
Denise Horta ... adr editor
Eileen Horta ... adr editor
Mark Johnston ... sound recordist
Nicholas Korda ... adr editor
Sean Landeros ... sound recordist
Daniel J. Leahy ... additional sound re-recording mixer (as Daniel Leahy)
Jason Miller ... sound utility
Chris Navarro ... adr recordist
Tom Nelson ... production sound mixer
Nancy Nugent ... dialogue editor (as Nancy Kyong Nugent)
Michael Payne ... supervising sound editor
John T. Reitz ... re-recording mixer (as John Reitz)
Stephen P. Robinson ... sound effects editor (as Steve Robinson)
Gregg Rudloff ... re-recording mixer
Mike Schmidt ... utility sound
Ann Scibelli ... sound designer / sound editor
Kim Secrist ... sound effects editor
Gregg Silk ... second engineer
John C. Stuver ... supervising dialogue editor
Becky Sullivan ... supervising adr editor
Shawn Sykora ... foley supervisor
Eric Thompson ... adr mixer
Nancy Truman ... looping
Tim Walston ... sound effects editor
James Ashwill ... foley mixer (uncredited)

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Conrad V. Brink Jr. ... special effects coordinator (as Conrad V. Brink)
Ken Gorrell ... special effects technician
Thomas Kittle ... special effects technician
Richard Scioli ... special effects technician
Patrick Tantalo ... special effects technician
Kathleen Tonkin ... special effects technician
Tim Tonkin ... special effects technician
Robert Vazquez ... special effects foreman

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Joseph Bailey ... digital compositor: big red pixel
Jeremy Bloch ... digital artist: big red pixel
Clay Dale ... CG animator: Pixel Magic
Steven Fagerquist ... visual effects compositing artist
Patrick Flanagan ... digital compositor: Pixel Magic
Tarn Fox ... digital compositor: big red pixel
Jim Gorman ... digital compositor
M.K. Gururaj ... visual effects producer: DAMFX
Nate Haggard ... digital compositor: Pixel Magic
Mike Hardison ... cg supervisor: Pixel Magic
James David Hattin ... digital compositor: OCS/Freeze Frame/Pixel Magic
Bonnie Kanner ... visual effects executive producer: Pixel Magic
John G. Kirby ... digital artist: big red pixel (as John Kirby)
Marc Kolbe ... visual effects supervisor: DAMFX
Jonah Loop ... visual effects producer: big red pixel
George Macri ... visual effects producer: Pixel Magic
Ray McIntyre Jr. ... visual effects supervisor: Pixel Magic
David B. Moulder ... visual effects coordinator (as Dave Moulder)
Brad Moylan ... digital compositor: Pixel Magic
Craig A. Mumma ... visual effects supervisor: DAMFX (as Craig Mumma)
Heather Neuberger ... visual effects post assistant
Robert Rossello ... visual effects supervisor: big red pixel
Ray Scalice ... general manager: Pixel Magic
John E. Sullivan ... visual effects consultant (as John Sullivan)
Kondareddy Suresh ... rotoscope artist
Devin Uzan ... digital compositor: Pixel Magic

Stunts

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Hank Amos ... stunts (as Henry Amos)
Kevin Ball ... stunts
Daniel W. Barringer ... stunts
Nick Brandon ... stunts (as Nicholas Brandon)
Chris Byrne ... stunts (as Christopher Byrne)
Wally Crowder ... stunts (as Wallace Dwight Crowder)
Gary Davis ... stunt coordinator
Cheryl Wheeler Duncan ... stunts (as Cheryl Wheeler)
Kiante Elam ... stunts
Jason Gray ... stunts
Thirl Haston ... stunts (as Thirl R. Haston)
Mike Justus ... stunts
Robert Lennon ... stunts
Douglas Neithercut ... stunts
J.J. Perry ... stunts (as Jordan Perry)
Steven Ritzi ... stunt coordinator (as Steven T. Ritzi)
Dennis Scott ... stunts (as Dennis R. Scott)
Doug Snively ... stunts (as Douglas Snively)
Todd Rogers Terry ... stunts
Dana Kristen Vahle ... stunts (as Dirk Vahle)
Chris Byrne ... stunt performer (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Eric Amundsen ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Miles Anderson ... gaffer: Los Angeles
Kurt Beckler ... grip
Travis Burdick ... camera production assistant
Shiloh Eck ... grip
Morris Flam ... gaffer
Ryan French ... electrician
Joe Humphreys ... electrician
Kevin Jackson ... rigging best boy electric
Nils Johnson ... key video assist operator
Gordy Jorian ... additional electrician
Clay Liversidge ... rigging gaffer
Jim McConkey ... camera operator / steadicam operator
Larry McConkey ... camera operator / steadicam operator
James McMillan ... key grip
Jack Nealy ... electrician
Gene Page ... still photographer
George Patsos ... key grip
Scott Rathner ... assistant camera: "a" camera
Louis Smith ... additional second assistant camera
Scott Stuart ... electrician
Michael J. Walsh ... balloon lighting supervisor
Marc Wostak ... electrician
John Wruck ... best boy

Casting Department

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Brenda Egedy Kolb ... extras casting (as Brenda Egedy)
Ed Lewis ... casting associate
Dani Super ... casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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James P. Cullen ... costumer: Mr. Travolta (as Jimmy Cullen)
Suzy Freeman ... assistant costume designer
Askia Won-Ling Jacob ... costumer: Mr. Jackson
Kate Sawyer ... seamstress
Emae Villalobos ... costumer
Megan Walker ... costume assistant

Location Management

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Dilvio Bonilla ... location assistant
Tom Fallon ... location manager
Mitch Harbeson ... location manager

Music Department

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Christopher Brooks ... supervising music editor (as Christopher S. Brooks)
Ramin Djawadi ... composer: additional music / music arranger
Jay Duerr ... music editor: temp score
Marylou Eales ... music coordinator
Ian Honeyman ... technical score assistant
Stephen Krause ... score mixer
Jill Meyers ... music clearances
Craig Pilo ... musician
Joel Sill ... executive music producer

Script and Continuity Department

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Ilene Pickus ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Danny Mortenson ... transportation coordinator
Timothy Stephens ... driver
Tim Whisenant ... transportation: John Travolta

Other crew

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Maricarmen Arauz ... production assistant: Panama
Tobin Armbrust ... production executive
Karen Bosma ... assistant production coordinator (as Karen L. Bosma)
Josef Brandmaier ... banker
Daniel R. Chavez ... executive in charge of post
Patrick Curd ... production assistant
Raisa De Alba ... production assistant: Panama
Rob Dickerson Jr. ... production assistant
Alicen Fonseca ... production assistant
Rebecca Garrison ... assistant: Mr. McTiernan
Barbara Harris ... looping group
Michael Ilasi ... intern
Terry Ladin ... production coordinator (as Terry Ellen Ladin)
L. Luquette ... military expert
Rob McEntegart ... executive vice president, business affairs: Intermedia Films
Mark Moran ... assistant: John McTiernan
Kory O'Donnell ... assistant: Mr. Tadross (as Kory A. O'Donnell)
Oak Porcelli ... assistant: Mr. McTiernan
Patricia Story ... unit publicist (as N. Patricia Story)
Susan Such ... executive assistant: Mr. Travolta
Leonard L. Thomas ... assistant: Mr. Jackson (as Leonard Thomas)
Trish Vengoechea ... assistant accountant (as Patricia Vengoechea)
Dixie D. Walker ... production accountant
John H. Whisenant ... assistant: Mr. Travolta
Rebecca White ... assistant accountant
Rob Williams ... synthesizer programmer
Robert Milo Williams ... synthesizer programmer
Jeff George ... assistant to producers (uncredited)
Michael J. Harker ... completion bond company representative (uncredited)
Jonathan Kadin ... production executive (uncredited)
Jason Burke Sutter ... International Sales (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 cajoles a confession out of Dunbar, who claims that Sgt. West and the missing Rangers have been murdered and their bodies blown away by the hurricane. When they later interview Kendall, he confirms that the other Rangers and West are dead. But, in almost every other way, his story contradicts Dunbar's. What happened to West and his Ranger team? And what were they really doing out there in the jungle? As each layer reveals more lies and greater deceptions, Hardy and Osborne inch towards the horrible truth about the fate of the missing Rangers. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Taglines When fact becomes fiction. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Basic - Hinter jeder Lüge eine Wahrheit (Germany)
  • База «Клейтон» (Ukraine)
  • Violação de Conduta (Brazil)
  • Vasikos stohos (Greece)
  • Basic - Farligt uppdrag (Sweden)
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Runtime
  • 98 min
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Budget $50,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $11,342,070, 07 Nov 2003

Did You Know?

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Trivia Screenwriter James Vanderbilt wanted to fool a certain type of moviegoer. He said: " . . . those who say 'I know who the killer is' in the first ten minutes." See more »
Goofs Osborne states that US Army records do not show race, which would make it very easy for Pike and Dunbar to switch dog tags as shown. Not only is this completely false, but by 2003 basic screening requirements for anyone enlisting in the US Army also included fingerprinting, dental x-rays, and providing a blood sample for DNA records. Even if both Pike and Dunbar had enlisted prior to this requirement going into effect, as graduates of the Ranger School and current students in the Jungle Warfare School they would both have had to undergo a background investigation for a security clearance, which would include fingerprinting at a minimum. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Basic Ingredients: A Writer's Perspective (2003). See more »
Soundtracks Bolero See more »
Quotes Styles: Osbourne's the closest thing we have to an in-house investigator.
Hardy: And here you are going out of house... now, how does that make you feel, Jules?
Osbourne: Hostile and uncooperative, sir.
Hardy: Fantastic.
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