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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 [[Performer~P166472~Ang Lee~anglee]]'s version of The Hulk (2003). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:December 28, 2001

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Minkler Best Sound 2001 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Myron Nettinga Best Sound 2001 Winner
American Film Institute Arthur Max Best Production Design 2001 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Pietro Scalia Best Editing 2001 Winner
American Film Institute Pietro Scalia Best Editing 2001 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Pietro Scalia Best Editing 2001 Nominee
American Film Institute Slawomir Idziak Best Cinematography 2001 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Slawomir Idziak Best Cinematography 2001 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Slawomir Idziak Best Cinematography 2001 Nominee
American Film Institute Ridley Scott Best Director 2001 Nominee
American Film Institute Ridley Scott Best Picture 2001 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Ridley Scott Best Director 2001 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ridley Scott Best Director 2001 Nominee
American Film Institute Jerry Bruckheimer Best Picture 2001 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Ken Nolan Best Adapted Screenplay 2001 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Chris Munro Best Sound 2001 Winner

Cast

Josh Hartnett
as Ranger Staff Sgt. Matt Eversmann
Ewan McGregor
as Ranger Spec. Grimes
Jason Isaacs
as Steele
Tom Sizemore
as Ranger Lt. Col. Danny McKnight
Eric Bana
as Delta Sgt. First Class "Hoot" Gibson
William Fichtner
as Delta Sgt. First Class Jeff Sanderson
Ewen Bremner
as Spec. Sgt. Shawn Nelson
Sam Shepard
as Maj. Gen. William F. Garrison
Kim Coates
as Wex
Hugh Dancy
as Ranger Sgt. First Class Kurt Schmid
Ron Eldard
as Chief Warrant Officer Mike Durant
Ioan Gruffudd
as Beales
Tom Guiry
as Yurek
Charlie Hofheimer
as Smith
Danny Hoch
as Pilla
Zeljko Ivanek
as Harrell
Glenn Morshower
as Matthews
Jeremy Piven
as Walcott
Gabriel Casseus
as Ranger Spec. Mike Kurth
Brendan Sexton III
as Kowalewski
Johnny Strong
as Shughart
Richard Tyson
as Busch
Brian Van Holt
as Struecker
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Gordon
Steven Ford
as Cribbs
Ian Virgo
as Waddell
Tom Hardy
as Twombly
Carmine Giovinazzo
as Goodale
Chris Beetem
as Joyce
Tac Fitzgerald
as Thomas
Matthew Marsden
as Sizemore
Orlando Bloom
as Blackburn
Kent Linville
as Othic
Enrique Murciano Jr.
as Ruiz
Michael Roof
as Maddox
George Harris
as Atto
Razaaq Adoti
as Mo'alim
Treva Etienne
as Firimbi
Ty Burrell
as Wilkinson
Boyd Kestner
as Goffena
Joshua Quarcoo
as Somali Kid
Johann Myers
as Somali Father
Lee Geohagen
as Somali son with gun
Kofi Amankwah
as Somali Kid
Gregory Sporleder
as Galentine
Dana Woods
as Fales

Crew

Ridley Scott
Director
Jerry Bruckheimer
Producer
Ridley Scott
Producer
Ken Nolan
Screenwriter
Steven Zaillian
Screenwriter
Slawomir Idziak
Cinematographer
Bob Badami
Musical Direction/Supervision
Hans Zimmer
Composer (Music Score)
Kathy Nelson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Pietro Scalia
Editor
Arthur Max
Production Designer
Gianni Giovagnoni
Art Director
Marco Trentini
Art Director
Cliff Robinson
Art Director
Pier Luigi Basile
Art Director
Keith Pain
Art Director
Ivo Husnjak
Art Director
Pat Sandston
Associate Producer
Terry Needham
Associate Producer
Robin Shenfield
Executive Producer
Chad Oman
Executive Producer
Simon West
Executive Producer
Branko Lustig
Executive Producer
Emma McGuinness
Executive Producer
Mike Stenson
Executive Producer
Blondel Aidoo
Executive Producer
Elli Griff
Set Designer
Monica Sallustio
Set Designer
Roberta Federico
Set Designer
David Murphy
Costume Designer
Sammy Howarth-Sheldon
Costume Designer
Diane Murphy
Costume Designer
Neil Murphy
Costume Designer
Jon Title
Sound/Sound Designer
Rachid Gaidi
First Assistant Director
Terry Needham
First Assistant Director
Martin Kenzie
Camera Operator
Daniele Massaccesi
Camera Operator
Ron Hersey
Camera Operator
Stanislav Satko
Stunts
Louis-Marie Nyee
Stunts
Peter Olgyay
Stunts
Rene Hajek
Stunts
Lubomir Misak
Stunts
Marek Toth
Stunts
Jaroslav Psenicka
Stunts
Martin Uhrovcik
Stunts
Peter Hric
Stunts
Ratislav Kotula
Stunts
Roman Jankovic
Stunts
Tomas Peterac
Stunts
Michal Grun
Stunts
John Collett
Stunts
Jan Petrina
Stunts
Jiri Firt
Stunts
Klaus Jindrich
Stunts
Branislav Martinak
Stunts
Chuck Jeffreys
Stunts
Eugene Collier
Stunts
Pavel Bezdek
Stunts
Jan Holicek
Stunts
Ales Bousi
Stunts
Charles Ingram
Stunts
Eric Etje
Stunts
Miroslav Lhotka
Stunts
Austin Priester
Stunts
Rob Inch
Stunts
Miroslav Valka
Stunts
Jamal Souissi
Production Manager
Bonnie Timmermann
Casting
Suzanne Smith
Casting
Brian Kilgore
Musical Performer
Cyril Kuhmholtz
Key Grip
Daniele Massaccesi
Steadicam Operator
Emma Norton
Visual Effects Supervisor
Gianni Graziano
Makeup
Imad Rechiche
Camera Loader
Jeff Rona
Additional Music
John Roesch
Foley Artist
Marek Modzelewski
Gaffer
Antonio Maltempo
Makeup
Michelle Pazer
ADR Editor
Neil Corbould
Special Effects Supervisor
Bruce Tanis
Sound Effects Director
Damian Anderson
Assistant Production Coordinator
David Kudell
Assistant Sound Editor
Ali Cherkaoui
Second Assistant Director
Alyson Moore
Foley Artist
Antonio Murer
Set Dresser
Peter Staubli
Sound Effects Director
Rifki Abdelghani
Key Grip
Samantha Maloney
Musical Performer
Stephanie Flack
Dialogue Editor
India Salve-Guide
Production Assistant
Jeff Rona
Musical Performer
Lauren Stephens
Dialogue Editor
Ian Quiles
Production Assistant
Andrea Eliseyan
Recording
Nada Pinter
Script Supervisor
Perry Robertson
Sound Effects Director
Martin Tillman
Musical Performer
Tim Burke
Visual Effects Supervisor
Roger Holden
Greensman
Alessandra Sampaolo
Makeup
Emma Horton
Second Second Assistant Director
Fionn Comerford
Second Assistant Camera
Michele Vigliotta
Hair Styles
Nathan McGuinness
Visual Effects Supervisor
John Cucci
Foley Artist
Lindsay Burnett
Visual Effects Producer
Marek Modzelewski
Chief Lighting Technician
Ilan Eshkeri
Musical Performer
Branko Lustig
Unit Production Manager
Craig Eastman
Musical Performer
Zoran Mikincic
Steadicam Operator
Dino R. Dimuro
Sound Effects Director
Jim Dooley
Musical Performer
Hayat Ouleddahhou
Hair Styles
Malika Boukergane
Makeup
Marissa Miller
Buyer
Michael Brook
Musical Performer
Basil Fenton-Smith
Second Assistant Camera
Sylvain Despretz
Storyboard Artist
Dan Hegeman
Sound Effects Director
Donna Glasser
Production Accountant
Eric Flickinger
Recording
Graeme Purdy
Properties Master
Teresa Kelly
Post Production Supervisor
Tariq Ait Ben Ali
Production Assistant
Pamela Hochschartner
Unit Production Manager
Phil Nielson
Stunts Coordinator
Barbara DeLeonardis
Hair Styles
Jim Conrads
Post Production Coordinator
Angela Quiles
Production Supervisor
Lucio Trentini
Production Supervisor
Marielle Magne
Production Assistant
Meagan Lewis
Casting Assistant
Gora Mbaye
Casting Assistant
Susi Roper
Production Supervisor
Robert "Bobby Z" Zajonc
Pilot
Carol McAulay
Special Effects Coordinator
Damir Valincic
Boom Operator
Alexander Witt
Second Unit Director
Amine Rharda
Buyer
Chisako Yokoyama
First Assistant Editor
Eddie Bydalek
Recording
Ali Tavallali
Musical Performer
Heitor Pereira
Musical Performer
Andrew Griffiths
Boom Operator
Kim Whittaker
Production Assistant
Marc Streitenfeld
Music Editor
Mark Allett
Set Dresser
Michael Hertlein
Foley Editor
Pierre Ellul
Production Assistant
Seth Yanklewitz
Casting Associate
Dana Suman
Production Assistant
Henryk Jedynak
First Assistant Camera
Sidney Baldwin
Still Photographer
Marco Sacerdoti
First Assistant Camera
Michael Minkler
Re-Recording Mixer
Myron Nettinga
Re-Recording Mixer
Per Hallberg
Supervising Sound Editor
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