DVD 144 mins IMDB 7.6 (41,574 votes)
Black Hawk Down
Columbia Pictures (2001)
In Collection

My Rating:

Seen It:
Action, Drama, War
USA  /  English

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
Tom Hardy Spec. Lance Twombly (as Thomas Hardy)
Ron Eldard CWO Michael Durant
Charlie Hofheimer Cpl. James 'Jamie' Smith
Tom Guiry SSgt. Ed Yurek (as Thomas Guiry)
Brian Van Holt SSgt. Jeff Struecker
Steven Ford Lt. Col. Joe Cribbs
Ewan Bremner

Director Ridley Scott
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer; Ridley Scott
Writer Mark Bowden; Ken Nolan
Cinematography Slawomir Idziak
Musician Tobias Enhus; Joe Strummer; Rachid Taha; Hans Zimmer
User Credit 1 Pietro Scalia
User Credit 2 David Murphy; Sammy Sheldon

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). — Karl Williams

Edition Details
Barcode 043396067660
Region Region 1
Chapters 28
Release Date 2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles Chinese; English; French
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Black Hawk Down On The Set Featurette
Theatrical Trailers
Animated Menus
Production Notes
Scene Selections
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Original
User Text 1 Intense, realistic, graphic war violence, and for language.
User Text 2 Leave No Man Behind
Links All Movie Guide
DVD Empire
Internet Movie Database

Trivia: The film features soldiers wearing helmets with their last names on them. Although this was an inaccuracy, Ridley Scott felt it was necessary to have the helmets to help the audience to distinguish between the characters because they all look the same once the uniforms are on. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: When Hoot takes over the 0.50 caliber machine gun, his gloves disappear and reappear between cuts. (more)

Quotes: Struecker: It's what you do right now that makes a difference. (more)

Awards: Won 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 27 nominations (more)