Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down

Director: Ridley Scott Cast: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Jason Isaacs

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A quickly forgotten chapter in United States military history is relived in this harrowing war drama from director Ridley Scott, based on a series of Philadelphia Inquirer articles and subsequent book by reporter Mark Bowden. On October 3rd, 1993, an elite team of more than 100 Delta Force soldiers and Army Rangers, part of a larger United Nations peacekeeping force, are dropped into civil war-torn Mogadishu, Somalia, in an effort to kidnap two of local crime lord Mohamed Farah Aidid's top lieutenants. Among the team: Staff Sgt. Matt Eversmann (Josh Hartnett), Ranger Lt. Col. Danny McKnight (Tom Sizemore), the resourceful Delta Sgt. First Class Jeff Sanderson (William Fichtner), and Ranger Spec. Grimes (Ewan McGregor), a desk-bound clerk getting his first taste of live combat. When two of the mission's Black Hawk helicopters are shot down by enemy forces, the Americans -- committed to recovering every man, dead or alive -- stay in the area too long and are quickly surrounded. The ensuing firefight is a merciless 15-hour ordeal and the longest ground battle involving American soldiers since the Vietnam War. In the end, 70 soldiers are injured and 18 are dead, along with hundreds of Somalians. Black Hawk Down was voted one of the top ten films of the year by the National Board of Review prior to its limited Oscar-qualifying release. On the basis of his work in this film, co-star Eric Bana, a relatively unknown Australian actor playing Delta Sgt. First Class "Hoot" Gibson, won the lead in director Ang Lee's version of The Hulk (2003).

Product Details

Release Date: 07/12/2005
UPC: 0043396119147
Original Release: 2001
Rating: R
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:24:00
Format: Sony PSP

Special Features

Full length movie; Widescreen presentation; DVD picture quality

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Josh Hartnett Ranger Staff Sgt. Matt Eversmann
Ewan McGregor Ranger spec. Grimes
Jason Isaacs Steele
Tom Sizemore Ranger Lt. Col. Danny McKnight
Eric Bana Delta Sgt. First Class "Hoot" Gibson
William Fichtner Delta Sgt. First Class Jeff Sanderson
Ewen Bremner Spec. Sgt. Shawn Nelson
Sam Shepard Maj. Gen. William F. Garrison
Kim Coates Wex
Hugh Dancy Ranger Sgt. First Class Kurt Schmid
Ron Eldard Chief Warrant Officer Mike Durant
Ioan Gruffudd Beales
Tom Guiry Yurek
Charlie Hofheimer Smith
Danny Hoch Pilla
Zeljko Ivanek Harrell
Glenn Morshower Matthews
Gabriel Casseus Ranger Spec. Mike Kurth
Jeremy Piven Walcott
Brendan Sexton Kowalewski
Johnny Strong Shughart
Richard Tyson Busch
Brian Van Holt Struecker
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Gordon
Steven Ford Cribbs
Ian Virgo Waddell
Tom Hardy Twombly
Carmine Giovinazzo Goodale
Chris Beetem Joyce
Tac Fitzgerald Thomas
Matthew Marsden Sizemore
Orlando Bloom Blackburn
Kent Linville Othic
Enrique Murciano Ruiz
Michael Roof Maddox
George Harris Atto
Razaaq Adoti Mo'alim
Treva Etienne Firimbi
Ty Burrell Wilkinson
Boyd Kestner Goffena
Jason Hildabrant Jollata
Gregory Sporleder Galentine
Johann Myers Somali Father
Dana Woods Fales
Abdibashir Mohamed Hersi Somali Spy
Pavel Vokoun Briley
Kofi Amankwah Somali Kid
Joshua Quarcoo Somali Kid
Lee Geohagen Somali son with gun

Technical Credits
Ridley Scott Director,Producer
Hatimi Ahmed Asst. Director
Blondel Aidoo Executive Producer
Bob Badami Musical Direction/Supervision
Pier Luigi Basile Art Director
Pavel Bezdek Stunts
Malika Boukergane Makeup
Ales Bousi Stunts
Mark Bowden Consultant/advisor
Jerry Bruckheimer Producer
Ana Bulajik-Crecek Makeup
John Collett Stunts
Eugene Collier Stunts
Neil Corbould Special Effects Supervisor
Gergely Csolle Stunts
Eric Etje Stunts
Roberta Federico Set Decoration/Design
Jiri Firt Stunts
Rachid Gaidi Asst. Director
Gianni Giovagnoni Art Director
Gianni Graziano Makeup
Elli Griff Set Decoration/Design
Michal Grun Stunts
Rene Hajek Stunts
Ron Hersey Camera Operator
Jan Holicek Stunts
Sammy Howarth-Sheldon Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Hric Stunts
Ivo Husnjak Art Director
Slawomir Idziak Cinematographer
Rob Inch Stunts
Charles Ingram Stunts
Roman Jankovic Stunts
Chuck Jeffreys Stunts
Klaus Jindrich Stunts
Martin Kenzie Camera Operator
Ratislav Kotula Stunts
Miroslav Lhotka Stunts
Branko Lustig Executive Producer
Antonio Maltempo Makeup
Branislav Martinak Stunts
Daniele Massaccesi Camera Operator
Arthur Max Production Designer
Emma McGuinness Executive Producer
Lubomir Misak Stunts
Diane Murphy Costumes/Costume Designer
Neil Murphy Costumes/Costume Designer
David Murphy Costumes/Costume Designer
Terry Needham Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Kathy Nelson Musical Direction/Supervision
Ken Nolan Screenwriter
Louis-Marie Nyee Stunts
Peter Olgyay Stunts
Chad Oman Executive Producer
Keith Pain Art Director
Tomas Peterac Stunts
Jan Petrina Stunts
Austin Priester Stunts
Jaroslav Psenicka Stunts
Cliff Robinson Art Director
Monica Sallustio Set Decoration/Design
Alessandra Sampaolo Makeup
Pat Sandston Associate Producer
Stanislav Satko Stunts
Pietro Scalia Editor
Robin Shenfield Executive Producer
Suzanne Smith Casting
Jamal Souissi Production Manager
Mike Stenson Executive Producer
Bonnie Timmermann Casting
Jon Title Sound/Sound Designer
Marek Toth Stunts
Marco Trentini Art Director
Martin Uhrovcik Stunts
Miroslav Valka Stunts
Simon West Executive Producer
Steven Zaillian Screenwriter
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

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Black Hawk Down 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
JCWilkerson More than 1 year ago
In October of 1993, in an effort to secure the Somali town of Mogadishu, Task Force Ranger, comprised of Delta Force soldiers and Rangers, are sent in for a mission that is supposed to last no more than half an hour. But when two Black Hawk helicopters are downed by insurgents with rocket launchers many of the members of Task Force Ranger are left stranded in the city. The ensuing battle lasts for 18 hours. The Battle of Magadishu (also known as The Battle of the Black Sea, Black Hawk Down, and for the Somali's The Day of the Rangers) was both a disaster and a success depending on who you talk to. It was a success in that when all was said and done Task Force Ranger accomplished their main objectives. At the same time, it was a disaster because originally the mission was only supposed to take 30 minutes, but in the end lasted 18 hours and cost the lives of 19 American soldiers and somewhere in the range of 500-2000 Somali's. How do you adapt an 18 hour battle into a two and a half hour movie? Very carefully, and had the movie been placed in a less capable director's hands than Ridley Scott's (Alien, Gladiator) this movie could very well have been a disaster. Ridley Scott, though, along with first time screenwriter Ken Nolan, do their best to capture the battle in a truly authentic light, and they do an amazing job. From what I hear (I have a lot more to learn about the battle) this is possibly the most accurate depiction of a battle ever put to film. I would also argue that it's the best example of modern urban warfare put to film as well. The performances in this film are amazing as, despite a hugely recognizable cast (something I might just be saying because many of the actors in this movie have become huge since, and weren't as big at the time) there is no vanity amongst the actors. Their lack of vanity only adds to the realism, and also builds up the feeling of brotherhood as they act out the battle in the field. All in all, if there was going to be an argument against this film it would really only be the fact that there's not much character development. In the end, though, it's not as much about the characters as it is about the units. It's not as much about the battle as it is a reminder that there are still soldiers that carry the DNA of bravery and brotherhood that we saw in the World War II elite. And it's not so much about Somalia as it is about the war fronts we fight on throughout the world whether in Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc. If you haven't seen this movie yet, definitely give it a shot. 4.5/5
JJNolin More than 1 year ago
The movie Black Hawk Down is about an America military conflict in Somalia, the Battle of Mogadishu, on October 3, 1993. In a mission that was supposed to take Rangers and Delta Force 30 minutes to remove a brutal drug leader; ended up taking 19 hours to complete, they now were in for the fight of their lives. I like this movie because the way the director was able to show the passing of time. The mission took 19 hours but he was able to show it all in two and a half hours. The special effects in the movie were superb. What I like most about this movie is the way the director showed both the good and the bad to this conflict. While he still kept the movie as accurate as he could with the way some soldiers died, which is pretty graphic. It is very gory and not for the squeamish or faint of heart. Black Hawk Down is a very upbeat, action packed movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is one of my favorite movies and I would highly recommend that you buy this movie and add it to your collection of movies.
sgtgwj More than 1 year ago
Although some changes were made from the book this is a very good movie which captures the camaraderie within the Army.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was great and as realistic as it gets. The actors played wonderfully.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Black hawk Down is the greatest movie ever because it gives us an opportunity to see what the American Soldiers had to go through in the Mogadishu fighting .It was also a great movie that touched me alot. Josh Hartnett, Thomas Guiry, and Orlando Bloom were great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was well written and directed, but especially played very well by Josh Harnett. Being fond of the Marine Corps, this was a must see movie for me. Not only was this movie action packed, but it was REAL action. Watching a true story is much better than some made up Hollywood junk.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Black Hawk Down is a great film. To an individual familiar with American operations in Somalia during 1992 and 1993, this movie is remarkably accurate, from the chronology of events down to the smallest details of the special operations troops' uniforms. The film does a tremendous job in showing the heroism of the soldiers of Task Force Ranger, and also gives a good dipiction of the Somali perspective. There are some minor innacuracies, but they contribute to the plot and so are excusable. The film is not only dramatic and exciting, but informative as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just think, that all really happened. It is a great movie. It is very realistic. It is not a movie where one guy went in with two guns never got shot and killed everbody. This is a very good movie for people who like war movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Black Hawk Down is a great film for various reasons. Even though it takes almost an hour to get the action, it is well worth the wait. Director Ridley Scott gives the veiwer a smal but helpful view into the everyday thoughts and fears of America's elite soldiers such as the Rangers and Delta. The battle scenes are realistic and are without bias. I was sixteen years old when this happenend and it stirred up many memories, some fearfully painfull, of this tragic blot on American military history. to this day, I still have vivid recolections of seeing dead American soldiers dragged through the streets of Mogadishu. In all honesty, the acting may be a bit lacking the painstaking realsim of the battle scenes makes this a worth while video purchase. Anyone who is remotely interested in military history should see this film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the greatest movies I have ever seen. Politics is left out and portrays the bravery and sacrifice of our soldiers. It captures you from beginning to end. Excellent acting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excelent movie!!! Shows how modern urban warfare can be and also the United States special forces in action. A must see. 2 thumbs up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even though I am only 10 this is my favorite war movie I have because it demonstrates warfare the best.This is a must see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
when i went to see black hawk down, i went on opening night with my best friend. we were barely able to get two seats together, the theater was so packed. I didn't know it at the time, but my aunt told me that my uncle's brother was there when black hawk down took place and he knew everyone that was down there. talk about a eye opener! even if you don't support what your government is doing in another country, you should always support your troops and there families. not only was my uncle's brother special forces, but my uncle is an air force colonel and i am very proud of him. just remember that there are people behind the names and suffering behind every death and injury and pray for the families and victims no matter what you believe.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this movie to be very graphic, but very well made. I cannot make an educated decision on the realism of the battle scenes as I have never been in combat. But, those scenes looked real enough to give viewers a good idea of how truly horrible war is. Unfortunately, the tragedy surrounding these characters did not end in Somalia. There was one major discrepancy between this film and real life. Matt Eversmann(it may have been another main character) is a made up name. His character was renamed because the man he represents is, in real life, a convicted child molester. His name was changed to avoid embarrassment of our military. Don't believe me? Check out Russ Kick's 50 Things You're Not Supposed To Know. I am sure this name change was highly beneficial to the studio as well. This knocks this movie down a notch in my opinion. Instead of getting an honest portrayal of an imperfect, multidimensional person(i.e. a very good soldier but also a sick pervert), we are shown a glossed up version of a the story in the name of profit, certainly not art.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie was something and reminded me of other movies similar like saving private ryan and recently death watch. basically about a group heading over to somolia and thus in the process have unexpected surprises in store.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the movie because it was one of those events that we don't hear much about and after seeing it makes you want to reasearch about it to see what happened in the eyes of the Rangers, and Delta.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an army black hawk crew chief that has flown many air assault missions, I can truly say this movie is to real. My helo has been shot at many times (never by an RPG, thank god) and there is a rush of adrenaline like no other when u shoot back. This movie brings me back a long ways every time I watch it. The fact that they can make it seem so real is incredible. Please support your troops because we go through a lot of crap (i.e. being shot at, living in a desert for a year at a time without their families. etc etc.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was great because there really wasint a happy time ,The graphics and pictures of the realism were the best Ive seen sense braveheart
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully shot, this movie gives you insight into the weaponry, destruction, fear, adrenaline and (most evocatively) confusion on today's modern battlefield. These ''quick'' and flexible firefights are the way wars will be fought for the forseeable future and it is harrowing. It also shows that America's achilles heal throughout the years (evacuating the wounded) is still part of our war culture.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie was incredible. Having read the book twice, once before and once afterward. I have become even more astounded at the quality of this film. I personally felt it should have been nominated for best picture. It was the the best war flick since Saving Private Ryan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed watching the movies Black Hawk Down when it arrived at the movies. My favorite part when Matt Eversman chalk was roping in and he look to his right and said, ''RPG''. America should have sent at least 300 rangers which would have kept the American casualty rate lower. The Somalians fought good with what they had but between 115-120 rangers held off thousands of Somalians. I recently purchased the Black Hawk Down Special Edition.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie I have seen in a really long time. It has awesome special effects, and it's no wonder why practically all the movie go-ers and reporters gave it five stars. I really enjoyed this movie. I would recommend it to almost anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was the boost we all needed to salute the armed forces in this time. Although the ending is bittersweet, it shows the true comraderey between friends and soldiers. No Hollywood ending here. No Behind Enemy Lines un realistic attitude
Guest More than 1 year ago
When you watch Black Hawk Down you get an accurate first-hand look at US Army Rangers, our most elite fighting force. The actors went to boot camp together and went through all the same training (although much less) as true army rangers. This gave them a true sense of comradeship, as they learned to live by the ranger creed. They weren't concerned with winning any awards for acting; they were more interesting in doing honor to the real life characters they were representing. It all makes for a very realistic movie. The movie itself tells the story of an event that was viewed by the public as a tragic loss where our soldiers died in vain. In reality (as the movie shows), these soldiers did not die in vain and they fought bravely. They did accomplish their mission as well. The media focused only on the loss of our soldiers and twisted it into a horrible defeat. The soldiers who were thrown into the battle were not defeated by any means. It is wrong to say that those soldiers died in vain. They fought for each other and for their country, and in that they were victorious. If you have trouble following the movie, read the book by Mark Bowden. Even if you don't have trouble following along, reading the book opens up so much more in the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Was the best movie I've ever seen so far.