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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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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:

Leave No Man Behind. 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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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Brendan Sexton III (Kowalewski) was unhappy working on the film because it conflicted with his views on US foreign policy in general and specifically with regard to US actions in Somalia (both before and during the 1992-93 peacekeeping operations there). He told Salon.com after the film opened that he and another actor improvised a scene with anti-imperialist materials, but it was all cut from the film before it was released. See more »

Goofs

The briefing map supposed to show Mogadishu at 33:38 consists of the same map copied three times and pasted together. It also appears to have much more green areas than can be seen on a Google Earth satellite view of Mogadishu. 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 Destroy All Humans! (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Suspicious Minds
Written by Francis Zambon (as Mark James)
Performed by Elvis Presley
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label, a Unit of BMG Entertainment
Under license from BMG Special Products
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A very American war story directed by an Englishman
19 March 2005 | by DesbUKSee all my reviews

I've been watching this movie and its accompanying extras on DVD this week for the first time and I thought is ironic that this very American war story should be directed and produced by an Englishman (Ridley Scott) and have a large number of British actors cast as the American servicemen (Ewan McGregor, Jasson Issacs, Hugh Dancy, Euan Bremner, Orlando Bloom.) I suppose it's the equivalent of Steven Spielberg directing a film about the Battle of Goose Green during the Falklands War and casting Americans as members of the Parachute Regiment.

Scott's movie is quite brave in that it has no major stars and no central character (unlike, say Tom Hanks in SAVING PRIVATE RYAN or Mel Gibson in WHEN WE WERE SOLDIERS). It's also largely free of the clichés of the genre: no soaring John Williams score accompanying shots of the flag fluttering in the sunlight; no scenes of the families back home. Instead its all about the logistics and the absolute horror of battle. This is the best combat footage since ZULU way back in 1964, a film which it resembles. In Scott's commentary description words, it is 'Anti-War but pro-military'.


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