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Black Hawk Down

(DVD - 2002 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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With exacting detail, the film re-creates the American siege of the Somalian city of Mogadishu in October 1993, when a 45-minute mission turned into a 16-hour ordeal of bloody urban warfare. Helicopter-borne U.S. Rangers were assigned to capture key lieutenants of Somali warlord Muhammad Farrah Aidid, but when two Black Hawk choppers were felled by rocket-propelled grenades, the U.S. soldiers were forced to fend for themselves in the battle-torn streets of Mogadishu, attacked from all sides by armed Aidid supporters.
Title: Black Hawk down
[videorecording]
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, [2002]
Edition: Widescreen version
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (144 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Revolution Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer Films present a Ridley Scott film, a Jerry Bruckheimer productions in association with Scott Free Productions ; producers, Jerry Bruckheimer, Ridley Scott ; screenplay, Ken Nolan ; director, Ridley Scott
Notes: Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Special features: "Black hawk down: on the set" featurette; theatrical trailers; filmographies; production notes animated menus, scene selections
Based on the book by Mark Bowden
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2001
Summary: With exacting detail, the film re-creates the American siege of the Somalian city of Mogadishu in October 1993, when a 45-minute mission turned into a 16-hour ordeal of bloody urban warfare. Helicopter-borne U.S. Rangers were assigned to capture key lieutenants of Somali warlord Muhammad Farrah Aidid, but when two Black Hawk choppers were felled by rocket-propelled grenades, the U.S. soldiers were forced to fend for themselves in the battle-torn streets of Mogadishu, attacked from all sides by armed Aidid supporters.
Awards & Distinctions: Academy Award, 2000: Best Film Editing (Pietro Scalia); Best Sound (Michael Minkler, Chris Munro, Myron Nettinga)
ISBN: 076787062X
Branch Call Number: DVD Action BLACK
Credits: Cinematography, Slawomir Idziak ; editor, Pietro Scalia ; music, Hans Zimmer.
Performers: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Eric Bana, William Fichtner, Ewen Bremner, Sam Shepard.
Physical Form Available: Also issued on VHS
System Details: DVD format, Dolby digital 5.1
Other Language: English or French dialogue; English, French, Chinese and Thai subtitles ; closed captioned for the hearing impaired
Subject Headings: War films Operation Restore Hope, 1992-1993 Drama United States. Army. Task Force Ranger Drama Aidid, Mohammed Farah, 1934- Drama
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Feature films
Topical Term: War films
Operation Restore Hope, 1992-1993
Publisher No: 06766 Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
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The 2003 First Battle of Mogadishu was planned to be a raid lasting under an hour to capture warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. The resulting standoff raged through the night, and resulted in capture, injuries, and fatalities for the special forces and soldiers of Task Force Ranger.


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Jun 30, 2014
  • kevfarley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have not the slightest doubt that this is a Great War Movie.
However, that being said, I can't help but think that in some future African-made version of this movie,.. its going to look like a re-telling of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, with the Americans portrayed as the Redcoats (?!?).
,...sometimes the version of what happened depends on the viewpoint of who's writing the "history". (6-30-14: 1)

Aug 29, 2013
  • lasertravis rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an outstanding war movie. Graphic and realistic in its violence and depiction of the MOUT (Military Operations on Urban Terrain) warfare that occurred in Somalia. Nonstop. Gripping and entertaining. You almost can't believe it is a true story. You will never forget this film.

Aug 20, 2013
  • 2101kol rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The performances are not remarkable but it is action packed. There is a good plot concerning the U.S' failure in Mogadishu in 1993.

May 25, 2013
  • a5a22406 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This might be the most realistic and best directed war movie I have come across yet. Jerry Bruckheimer and Ridley Scott do a fabulous job.

Feb 03, 2013
  • jayjay2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

AWESOME MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!! but i like seals better than delta.

Oct 26, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This movie perfectly exemplifies the incompetency of the UN and the US administration that, in this specific case, sent its soldiers to battle underequipped. The UN cowardly (as a rule!) denied them help from their cute baby-blue helmeted "peace keepers." Still, these brave soldiers prevailed. From the movie: "300,000 civilians die of starvation. Mohamed Farrah Aidid, the most powerful of the warlords, rules the capital Mogadishu. He seizes international food shipments at the ports. Hunger is his weapon." 20,000 brave U.S. Marines were sent there and made sure food was safely delivered to the starving population. A must see: it is History! (So, I guess facts may have different versions and points of view, but there is always the truth.)

Jul 31, 2012
  • ct7825555 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of the greatest films of all time and has great special effects.

May 17, 2012
  • Mocha6ft3 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It's been often said that this film is tough to watch. To me, war is hell and what better way to see and feel hell is by playing this movie on your HOMETHEATER!!! Although this is not my favorite war movie, i still enjoy watching this film i consider a classic for it's amazing mission against the odds, and the audio presentation. There are some scenes that are "sound freak" worthy and will have your neighbors thinking you have a war going on in your home. This movie is filled with machine guns, explosions, and helicopters filling your speakers with the sounds of hell. I'm giving this movie 4 and half stars. Very good sound effects, great story, good cast, beautiful theme song, and an unflinching view of war. White Castle cheese burgers, two fish fillets, onion rings, fries and a large ginger ale. Keep the bathroom door open.

May 16, 2012
  • kevfarley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have not the slightest doubt that this is a Great War Movie. ...
However, that being said,.. I can't help but think that in a future African-made version of this movie ,.. its going to look like a re-telling of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, with the Americans portrayed as the Redcoats ?!?
,...sometimes the viewpoint depends on who's writing the "history".

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May 09, 2010
  • Eujames rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Jan 22, 2014
  • BRUCE PILCHER rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Other: This copy would not play on my DVD player. It skipped and got stuck. I was not able to view the complete movie.

Oct 02, 2011
  • re_discover rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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Jul 31, 2012
  • ct7825555 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Hey, where's the rest of the back up? " We're it."

Apr 10, 2012
  • ct7825555 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"There shooting at us!"
"Well **** it shoot back!"

"You Americans don't smoke anymore. You live long, dull and uninteresting lives." -Abdullah 'Firimbi' Hassan

May 15, 2011
  • EuSei rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"My love, stay strong and you will do well in life. I love you and my children deeply. Today and tomorrow let each day grow and grow. Keep smiling and never give up even when things get you down. So in closing my love, tonight tuck my children in bed warmly. Tell them I love them, then hug them for me and give them both a kiss goodnight for daddy." Shughart

May 15, 2011
  • EuSei rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"300,000 dead and counting. That's not a war Mr. Atto. That's genocide." General Garrison

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