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Black Hawk Down
Josh Hartnett and Ewan Mcgregor




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On October 3, 1993, Army Rangers and members of the elite Delta Force participated in a covert operation in Mogadishu, Somalia that went horribly wrong. Sent to abduct two lieutenants of a vicious Somali warlord, the soldiers found themselves surrounded by hostile militia. Two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down and many men lost their lives. Mark Bowden of the Philadelphia Inquirer told the story of the battle in his exhaustively researched, critically acclaimed book, BLACK HAWK DOWN, and filmmaker Ridley Scott (GLADIATOR) and screenwriter Ken Nolan have done an amazing job of bringing the dramatic story to the screen. Like Bowden's book, the film does not thoroughly examine the context of the conflict, but gives a detailed and intense blow-by-blow account of the fighting. The outstanding ensemble cast includes Josh Hartnett as a competent but nervous Ranger sergeant leading his first mission, Ewan McGregor as a "desk jockey" who excels when sent into combat, Eric Bana (THE INCREDIBLE HULK) as a cocky and enigmatic Delta, and Ron Eldard as a downed Black Hawk pilot. The violence of the film is brutal and nearly constant. Scott unflinchingly captures the chaos and mayhem of battle with tremendous visual finesse.

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Overview

On October 3, 1993, Army Rangers and members of the elite Delta Force participated in a covert operation in Mogadishu, Somalia that went horribly wrong. Sent to abduct two lieutenants of a vicious Somali warlord, the soldiers found themselves surrounded by hostile militia. Two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down and many men lost their lives. Mark Bowden of the Philadelphia Inquirer told the story of the battle in his exhaustively researched, critically acclaimed book, BLACK HAWK DOWN, and filmmaker Ridley Scott (GLADIATOR) and screenwriter Ken Nolan have done an amazing job of bringing the dramatic story to the screen. Like Bowden's book, the film does not thoroughly examine the context of the conflict, but gives a detailed and intense blow-by-blow account of the fighting. The outstanding ensemble cast includes Josh Hartnett as a competent but nervous Ranger sergeant leading his first mission, Ewan McGregor as a "desk jockey" who excels when sent into combat, Eric Bana (THE INCREDIBLE HULK) as a cocky and enigmatic Delta, and Ron Eldard as a downed Black Hawk pilot. The violence of the film is brutal and nearly constant. Scott unflinchingly captures the chaos and mayhem of battle with tremendous visual finesse.

Main Cast & Crew

Ridley Scott - Director
Josh Hartnett
Tom Sizemore
Eric Bana
Sam Shepard
Ewan McGregor
Ron Eldard
Jeremy Piven
William Fichtner
Jason Isaacs
Ewen Bremner

 

Details

DVD Format
  • Format: DVD (Widescreen)
  • Run Time: 144
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 043396067660
  • Genre: Action
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (intense, realistic, graphic war violence and for language)
  • Release Date: June 2002

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Politics
War
Africa
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Essential Cinema

 

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Notes:
Theatrical Release: DECEMBER 28, 2001 (NY/LA) JANUARY 18, 2002 (EXPANDS)

Reviews:
"...There may be no working director more accomplished at wringing texture out of the color blue than the prodigious and now prolific Mr. Scott..." - 12/28/2001 New York Times, p.E1


"...BLACK HAWK's knockout photography, editing and sound are all state of the art..." - 12/28/2001 USA Today, p.9D


"...A personal best for producer Jerry Bruckheimer, a triumph for Scott and a war film of prodigious power. You will be shaken..." - 01/31/2001 Rolling Stone, p.57-8


"...[The] images have a raw, vital quality that heightens the urgent, you-are-there quality of the action, and all the equipment, effects and military-related details are superb..." - 12/10/2001 Variety, p.31-5


"...[Made] with immense technical skill and spectacular photography..." - 02/01/2002 Sight and Sound, p.41


"...Well-made..." - 03/01/2002 Box Office, p.61


"...Gripping, incisive....An attempt to record as accurately as possible what it was like to be under fire on that mission..." - 03/31/2002 Chicago Sun-Times, p.5


3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he aerial photography of Black Hawks sweeping across the coastline is stunning....Technically the film is excellent..." - 07/01/2007 Ultimate DVD, p.19

 

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