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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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943 ( 46)
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 Rangers, 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 matt-282 and 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:

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Trivia

Eighteen hours of combat is compressed into less than three hours of screen time. See more »

Goofs

When Gordon is defending the second crash site he switches from his sound-suppressed M4 sniper rifle to his Colt M1911A1 pistol. The first time he uses his 1911 pistol, he fires 7 shots rapidly to kill charging Somalians. The first shot locks the slide back but the next six are clearly added in because the shells don't fly out and the gun still fires despite the slide being locked back. The next six muzzle flashes must have been added in post-production. See more »

Quotes

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

The film begins with the words "Based on an Actual Event", followed by the quote from Plato, which leads into the informative prologue with the scenes set in Somalia, East Africa, 1992. The prologue ends with the opening 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

Featured in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Minstrel Boy (Film Version)
Arranged by Joe Strummer, Scott Shields, Martin Slattery, Richard Flack and Tymon Dogg
Produced by Scott Shields, Martin Slattery, Richard Flack and Joe Strummer
Performed by Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros (as Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros)
Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros appear courtesy of Hellcat Records
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Tells it like it is
26 November 2004 | by BettieTeeseSee all my reviews

I'm not a fan of war movies usually,but when i sat down to watch Black Hawk Down,i couldn't turn it off.Heres a war movie which doesn't sugar coat.There is no crappy dialogue,no soppy love story tie ins,just the real deal,brutal battle scenes,the gruesome reality of war.Black Hawk Down is based on a true story,the bloody battle at Somalia and it leaves one drained.Its confronting,and exposes war in its true light-there's nothing glamorous to see.In two hours and a bit the viewer is able to imagine being there at the horrible battleground,and suffering like the soldiers did.It really makes you appreciate how lucky we are to be in a free country,relatively peaceful,and not having our lives threatened every second of the day.Everything about BHD is right; the setting of the film,the Somalians,the American soldiers going through hell,the brutality,the battle,the

fatalities.Not for the faint hearted,or weak stomached,but a truly powerful,compelling motion picture.Ridley Scott takes the viewer on an imaginative journey through Black Hawk Down and appeals to our emotions.A brutal,yet bearable war film.


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Official Sites:

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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:

$179,823, 30 December 2001

Gross USA:

$108,638,745

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$172,989,651
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Atmos

Color:

Black and White (opening scene)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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