2001   USA Black Hawk Down
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Director:Ridley Scott
Studio:Sony Pictures
Writer:Mark Bowden, Ken Nolan
IMDb Rating:7.7 (121,687 votes)
Awards:Won 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 29 nominations
Genre:Action, Drama, War
Duration:144 min
Ridley Scott  ...  (Director)
Mark Bowden, Ken Nolan  ...  (Writer)
Josh Hartnett  ...  Eversmann
Ewan McGregor  ...  Grimes
Tom Sizemore  ...  McKnight
Eric Bana  ...  Hoot
William Fichtner  ...  Sanderson
Ewen Bremner  ...  Nelson
Sam Shepard  ...  Garrison
Gabriel Casseus  ...  Kurth
Kim Coates  ...  Wex
Hugh Dancy  ...  Schmid
Ron Eldard  ...  Durant
Ioan Gruffudd  ...  Beales
Tom Guiry  ...  Yurek
Charlie Hofheimer  ...  Smith
Danny Hoch  ...  Pilla
Slawomir Idziak  ...  Cinematographer
Summary: Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down conveys the raw, chaotic urgency of ground-force battle in a worst-case scenario. 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. Based on author Mark Bowden's bestselling account of the battle, Scott's riveting, action-packed film follows a sharp ensemble cast in some of the most authentic battle sequences ever filmed. The loss of 18 soldiers turned American opinion against further involvement in Somalia, but Black Hawk Down makes it clear that the men involved were undeniably heroic. --Jeff Shannon

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