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Blackhawk down - Ridley Scott, Josh Hartnett, Eric Bana, Tom Sizemore

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Movie propaganda

This is the true story of the Battle of Mogadishu, the longest sustained ground battle involving USA soldiers since the Vietnam War. An elite force of 120 USA Delta units and Ranger infantry were dropped into Mogadishu on 3 October 1993, to abduct two of Somalian warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid's lieutenants. Instead, two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters were shot down and what was expected to take an hour lasted fifteen, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of Somalians, eighteen Americans and hundreds more wounded.

Persons of interest

  • Josh Hartnett .... Ranger Senior Sergeant Matt Eversmann
  • Eric Bana .... Delta Sergeant First Class Norm "Hoot" Hooten
  • Tom Sizemore .... Ranger Lieutenant Colonel Danny McKnight
  • Ewan McGregor .... Ranger Specialist Fourth Class Danny Grimes
  • Sam Shepard .... Major General William Garrison
  • William Fichtner .... Delta Sergeant First Class Jeff Sanderson
  • Jason Isaacs .... Ranger Captain Mike Steele
  • Ewen Bremner .... Ranger Specialist Fourth Class Shawn Nelson
  • Tom Hardy .... Ranger Specialist Fourth Class Lance Twombly
  • Charlie Hofheimer .... Ranger Corporal Jamie Smith
  • Tom Guiry .... Ranger Senior Sergeant Ed Yurek
  • Ron Eldard .... Chief Warrant Officer Mike Durant
  • Steven Ford .... Lieutenant Colonel Joe Cribbs
  • Gregory Sporleder .... Ranger Sergeant Scott Valentine
  • Brian Van Holt .... Senior Sergeant Jeff Struecker
  • Hugh Dancy .... Delta Medic Sergeant First Class Kurt Schmid
  • Mark Bowden .... Author Blackhawk down: a story of modern war
  • Ken Nolan .... Screenwriter
  • Ridley Scott .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

FUBAR.

USA: they still haven't figured out that no one believes their hype other than themselves. They still haven't figured out that most people don't like them because they are loud, arrogant, intrusive, opinionated, egotistical wankers. They still haven't figured out that every country that speaks English doesn't speak the same language that they do. They believe that they are right, that they deserve to be right and that everything will turn out right. After Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, etc., they still haven't figured out that the rest of the world doesn't want them to be on top. They may never learn.

War: things started going downhill for soldiers on the day that the Generals stopped being on the front line. When you take a Commander away from their troops the Commander stops treating them like human beings and starts treating them like human resources. Strategies become increasingly grandiose and increasingly inappropriate; generals forget what it is like in the trenches and start believing their own prophesies. If 10 men can hold a 3 storey building then 20 men can hold a 6 storey building. Intelligence says that the enemy have no heavy weapons. It will take 30 minutes for reinforcements to drive to your location.

Murphy: what makes anyone think that any plan by mice or man will not go astray? Chaos theory says that a butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil causes a monsoon in Malaysia. You think that a mission that involves sending 100 soldiers into an enemy stronghold with 10,000 troops will go according to plan? Oi.

Mogadishu: Somalia belongs to the Somalis. If you go to their country and try to tell them what to do, they will tell you what to do in far less friendly terms. The last time an invading army fought and won in another country's civil war was... well, I am still waiting to hear back on that one.

Politics: politicians make Generals look like your dear, old grandmother. They have no scruples, no sense of honour, no integrity and no value for human life. They will tell you to fight a war and then take away the weapons you need to win because using them will look bad on the 6 o'clock news. They will order you not to tell your allies that you're going on a dangerous mission because your allies don't need to know, after all, you don't want them to steal any of the limelight.

SNAFU.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Disc: Single side, single layer
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen (2.40:1/16:9 enhanced)
  • Special features:
    • Behind-the-scenes: On the set
    • Picture disc
    • Talent profiles
    • Trailers: Bonus
  • Subtitles: English, English captions, Dutch, Hindi

Media intelligence (DVD special edition)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen (1.85:1/16:9 enhanced)
  • Special features:
    • Disc 1:
      • Biographies: Talent profiles
      • Commentaries:
        • Ridley Scott, Jerry Bruckheimer (Producer)
        • Mark Bowden, Ken Nolan
        • Special forces veterans
      • Picture disc
    • Disc 2:
      • Deleted scenes: with optional commentary by Ridley Scott:
      • Featurettes:
        • Image and design: 7 including Jerry Bruckheimer's on-set photography, Ridleygrams, storyboard to final film comparisons
        • The essence of combat: 6 including actor's bootcamp, visual effects, music
      • Galleries: Photo
      • Picture disc
    • Disc 3:
      • Documentaries:
        • Ambush in Mogadishu (60 minutes on the making of the movie with cast and crew interviews)
        • Target building insertion: Multi-angle scene deconstruction with optional commentary
        • The true story of Blackhawk down (92 minute History Channel documentary on the events that inspired the movie)
      • Gallery: Posters
      • Interviews:
        • American Cinematheque: Ridley Scott, Jerry Bruckheimer
        • BAFTA: Ridley Scott, Jerry Bruckheimer, Cast
        • Editor's Guild: Pietro Scalia (Editor)
      • Music video: Gortoz a ran - j'attends by Lisa Gerrard, Denez Prigent
      • Picture disc
      • Trailers:
        • Movie: Original, bonus
        • Soundtrack: TV commercial
  • Subtitles: English

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (High level violence)

Surveillance time

144 minutes (2:24 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 21 February 2002
DVD retail: 21 August 2002
VHS rental: 21 August 2002
DVD retail: 14 May 2003 - Special edition

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