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The disappearance of a military leader and the death of four of his men leads two investigators to wade through a morass of deceptions and half-truths in search of the facts in this thriller. Sgt. Nathan West (Samuel L. Jackson) is the leader of an elite team of U.S. Army Special Forces operatives known as the Army Rangers; West is known as a highly effective officer, but one with a short temper and aggressive attitude who is not well liked by his soldiers. During a seemingly routine training exercise in Panama, a hurricane sweeps in, and four of West's six men are dead, while West himself seems to have vanished. Eager to get the facts behind what happened, Col. Bill Styles (Tim Daly) assigns Capt. Julia Osborne (Connie Nielsen) to investigate. However, Osborne is having a hard time getting the two survivors to talk, so Styles brings in Tom Hardy (John Travolta), a former Army Ranger who served under West and became a first-class interrogator; Hardy later became a DEA agent, but left law enforcement after allegations of corruption. Hardy interviews Dunbar (Brian Van Holt), who claims that the four soldiers had been murdered, and West was killed in retaliation. Kendall (Giovanni Ribisi), the other survivor (whose father is a powerful officer) has a very different story of how the five men turned up dead, and it's up to Hardy and Osborne to determine who is telling the truth -- or if anyone is saying exactly what happened. Basic marked the first time John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson appeared in the same film together since their breakthrough roles in Giovanni Ribisi. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:April 18, 2003

Cast

John Travolta
as Agent Tom Hardy
Connie Nielsen
as Capt. Julia Osborne
Samuel L. Jackson
as Sgt. Nathan West
Giovanni Ribisi
as Kendall
Brian Van Holt
as Dunbar
Tim Daly
as Col. Bill Styles
Cristián de la Fuente
as Castro
Dash Mihok
as Mueller
Taye Diggs
as Pike
Roselyn Sanchez
as Nunez
Harry Connick, Jr.
as Vilmer
Clayne Crawford
Tait Ruppert
as Jepp Driver
Nick Loren
as Lt. Choppa
Cliff Fleming
as Helicopter Pilot
Georgia Hausserman
as Pilot
Dena Johnston
as Nurse #2
Steven Maye
as CID officer
Jonathan Rau
as G.I. on the Tarmac
Margaret Travolta
as Nurse #1
Jonathan Rau
as G.I. on the Tarmac
Nick Loren
as Lt. Choppa
Tait Ruppert
as Jepp Driver
Steven Maye
as CID officer
Dena Johnston
as Nurse #2
Cliff Fleming
as Helicopter Pilot
Georgia Hausserman
as Pilot

Crew

John McTiernan
Director
Mike Medavoy
Producer
Arnie Messer
Producer
Michael Tadross
Producer
James Vanderbilt
Producer
Jonah Loop
Producer
Gururaj M K
Producer
James Vanderbilt
Screenwriter
Steve Mason
Cinematographer
Klaus Badelt
Composer (Music Score)
George Folsey, Jr.
Editor
Dennis Bradford
Production Designer
Gary Kosko
Art Director
Dror Soref
Co-producer
Andy Given
Co-producer
Lee Nelson
Co-producer
Louise Phillips
Co-producer
Anson Downes
Associate Producer
Linda Rae Favila
Associate Producer
Nigel Sinclair
Executive Producer
Jonathan D. Krane
Executive Producer
Bonnie Kanner
Executive Producer
Basil Iwanyk
Executive Producer
Moritz Borman
Executive Producer
Vera Mills
Set Designer
Julia Starr Sanford
Set Designer
Kate Harrington
Costume Designer
Jimmy Cullen
Costume Designer
Emae Villalobos
Costume Designer
Ann Scibelli
Sound/Sound Designer
Julian Wall
First Assistant Director
Robert Rossello
Supervisor/Manager
Marc Kolbe
Supervisor/Manager
Craig Mumma
Supervisor/Manager
Clay Dale
Animator
Jim McConkey
Camera Operator
Kiante Elam
Stunts
Jordan Perry
Stunts
Nick Brandon
Stunts
Mike Justus
Stunts
Wally Crowder
Stunts
Dennis Scott
Stunts
Todd Terry
Stunts
Dirk Vahle
Stunts
Douglas Neithercut
Stunts
Tom Nelson
Sound Mixer
Stephen Krause
Sound Mixer
Sandy Watterson
Production Manager
Pat McCorkle
Casting
Pat Story
Unit Publicist
Patrick Curd
Production Assistant
Patrick Cusack
Assistant Sound Editor
Peggy Nicholson
Key Hairstylist
Peter Damien
Construction Foreman
Raisa De Alba
Production Assistant
Ramin Djawadi
Additional Music
Rebecca Garrison
Personal Assistant
Rex Christensen
Set Dresser
Rick Camara
Sound Recordist
Rick Canelli
ADR Recordist
Linda Gennerich
Costume/Wardrobe
Scott Rathner
First Assistant Camera
Becky Sullivan
Supervising ADR Editor
Shawn Sykora
Foley Supervisor
Ben Bradford
Production Assistant
Suzy Freeman
Assistant Costume Designer
Tarn Fox
Compositor
Tim Walston
Sound Effects Director
Tony Nagy
First Assistant Camera
Yolanda Toussieng
Hair Styles
Mischa Hausserman
Second Unit Director
Mitch Harbeson
Location Manager
Mo Henry
Negative Cutter
Nick Shuster
Second Assistant Camera
Nils Johnson
Video Assist
Oak Porcelli
Personal Assistant
Marc Deschaine
Assistant ADR Editor
Maricarmen Arauz
Production Assistant
Mark Scovil
Assistant Editor
Mary Hess
Production Assistant
Mauri Freed
Unit Production Manager
Michelle Buhler
Makeup
Michelle Mader
Video Assist
Holly Sachi
First Assistant Editor
Ilene Pickus
Script Supervisor
James Ashwell
Foley Mixer
Kim Secrist
Sound Effects Director
Justin Moritt
Unit Production Manager
Ken Fischer
Sound Effects Director
Joe Dorn
Supervising ADR Editor
Joel Sill
Executive Music Producer
John Cucci
Foley Artist
John Fails
Production Assistant
John Reitz
Re-Recording Mixer
Jason Rody
Production Assistant
Jeffrey Schlatter
Construction Coordinator
Andrew DeCristofaro
Supervising Sound Editor
Daniel Rosenblum
Boom Operator
Denise Horta
ADR Editor
Eric Amundsen
Second Assistant Camera
Alicen Fonseca
Production Assistant
Eileen Horta
ADR Editor
Allison Clark
Production Coordinator
George Macri
Visual Effects Producer
Gregg Rudloff
Re-Recording Mixer
Brad Wilhite
Associate Editor
Brenda Egedy
Extra Casting
Chris Navarro
ADR Recordist
Clay Liversidge
Assistant Chief Lighting Technician
Paul D. Kelly
Assistant Art Director
Askia Won-Ling Jacob
Set Dresser
Boki Jovanovich
Production Assistant
Terry Ellen Ladin
Production Coordinator
Michael Tadross Jr.
Second Second Assistant Director
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