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.


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19 March 2005 | DesbUK
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| A very American war story directed by an Englishman
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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Trivia

The movie opens with a quote from Plato: "Only the dead have seen an end to war." An earlier cut of the movie opened with a quote from T.S. Eliot: "All our ignorance brings us closer to death."


Quotes

Dan Busch: There. Technicals, nine o'clock.


Goofs

When Grimes is inputting Blackburn's information into the computer, he asks for his service number. The Army stopped using service numbers in 1969. Grimes should have asked for his social security number or, more commonly, just his social.


Crazy Credits

There are no studio logos at the beginning and the only opening credit is the title.


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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Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Written by
Jimi Hendrix
Performed by Stevie Ray Vaughan
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing

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Drama | History | War

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