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