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Black Hawk Down (2001)

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160 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis.

Director:

Ridley Scott

Writers:

Mark Bowden (book), Ken Nolan (screenplay)
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439 ( 324)
Won 2 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 37 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Hartnett ... Eversmann
Ewan McGregor ... Grimes
Tom Sizemore ... McKnight
Eric Bana ... Hoot
William Fichtner ... Sanderson
Ewen Bremner ... Nelson
Sam Shepard ... Garrison
Gabriel Casseus ... Kurth
Kim Coates ... Wex
Hugh Dancy ... Schmid
Ron Eldard ... Durant
Ioan Gruffudd ... Beales
Tom Guiry ... Yurek (as Thomas Guiry)
Charlie Hofheimer ... Smith
Danny Hoch ... Pilla
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Storyline

Action/war drama based on the best-selling book detailing a near-disastrous mission in Somalia on October 3, 1993. On this date nearly 100 U.S. Army Rangers, commanded by Capt. Mike Steele, were dropped by helicopter deep into the capital city of Mogadishu to capture two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord. This led to a large and drawn-out firefight between the Army Ranges, US Special Forces, and hundreds of Somali gunmen; resulting in the destruction of two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters. The film focuses on the heroic efforts of various Rangers to get to the downed black hawks, centering on SSG Eversmann, leading the Ranger unit Chalk Four to the first black hawk crash site, Chief Warrant Officer Durant who was captured after being the only survivor of the second black hawk crash, as well as many others who were involved. Written by Matthew Patay: revised by Corbin L.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Rangers Lead the Way. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for intense, realistic, graphic war violence, and for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
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Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Somali | Arabic

Release Date:

18 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Hawk Down See more »

Filming Locations:

Morocco See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$92,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$274,347, 30 December 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$108,638,745

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$172,989,651
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the movie, Pvt Blackburn's fall is a result of the pilot twisting the helicopter to avoid an incoming RPG, and Sgt Eversmann watches him fall. In the book, Mark Bowden makes no mention of this occurring, and the circumstances of Blackburn's fall may have been altered for dramatic effect. The book contains only speculation as to possible reasons, namely Blackburn missing or losing his grip on the fast rope, and Sgt Eversmann only discovered Blackburn lying on the ground shortly after the fact. See more »

Goofs

In several scenes, such as in the lunch line when Steele is getting onto Hoot about his weapon, it is possible to see the knobs on the carry handles, revealing them to be M4A1s. These were not developed until 1994. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dan Busch: There. Technicals, nine o'clock.
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Crazy Credits

There are no studio logos at the beginning and the only opening credit is the title. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Extended Cut has about 7 minutes and 30 seconds of added footage:
  • Some rangers on the beach
  • The scene with Blackburn and Grimes is longer
  • The shooting range scene is extended
  • During the chess game with Randy and Gordy the line "Stranded and condemned, Gordy" is added after he moves his piece
  • The short scene after the meeting is edited different and as some lines added at the end
  • A ranger gets his arm looked at
  • Scene with Eversmann and Hoot is longer
  • On the way to target they added: Grimes adding his name to his helmet, two-min warning, and some lines
  • Chalk 3 shooting at delta in target building
  • Yurek sees a guy stealing a TV
  • Eversmann hearing about the second hawk on the radio
  • Short scene with Nelson and Twombly and the scene when Galantine tries to call them on the radio is moved to before they meet Yurek
  • A shot of crash site two before Durant grabs his gun
  • Steel asking about the convoy
  • Garrison looking at the monitor after Grody gets killed
  • Yurek, Nelson, and Twombly hear the praying
  • Steel asks again about the convoy
  • The little birds turn around and makes another run before going back to rearm
  • McKnight asks how much longer it takes to get the body out of the chopper
  • A lot added at the stadium: McKight yelling, "Don't let that man crawl!", Garrison walking around med area, Steel walking around med area, Sanderson talking to Grimes is moved
  • After Eversmann talks to Jamie he sees Garrison out side
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Connections

Referenced in Family Guy: Stewie Is Enceinte (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Performed by Stevie Ray Vaughan
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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one of the best ACCURATE war movies
3 March 2005 | by dberman-2See all my reviews

Unlike most of the war movies of our time, Black Hawk Down sticks to the facts about what happened in Mogadishu and doesn't romanticize the story. To support this observation, the viewer will notice that there is not really one main character. This shows that the film focuses more on what happened in Somalia instead of on the characters personality and/or struggles. Another important aspect of the film that makes it so great is the cinematography. Not only was the setting of the film accurate to the real thing, but the way that the movie was filmed is great because it seems like someone is running along the battle scene getting everything on tape. In addition, the film contains small aspects that one may not notice that are important to the situation in Mogadishu. For instance, the bullet shells that fell from the firing helicopter fell into one of the soldiers' vests, and he scrambled to get it out because of how hot it was. This small detail makes the movie that much more realistic. To conclude, Black Hawk Down is a great movie that is both an eye opener that sticks to the facts as well as a quality film. I recommend this movie to any war-film fan, as well as anyone that likes watching movies in general.


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