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Release Date: January 18th, 2002

DVD Release Date: June 11th, 2002

R|2 hr 24 min

Plot Summary
The film takes place in 1993 when the U.S. sent special forces into Somalia to destabilize the government and bring food and humanitarian aid to the starving population. Using Black Hawk helicopters to lower the soldiers onto the ground, an unexpected attack by Somalian forces brings two of the helicopters down immediately. From there, the U.S. soldiers must struggle to regain their balance while enduring heavy gunfire.

Cast: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Eric Bana, William Fichtner, Ewen Bremner, Sam Shepard, Gabriel Casseus

Director: Ridley Scott

Genres: War, Drama

Production Co: Columbia Pictures Corporation, Revolution Studios, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Scott Free Productions

Distributors: Columbia TriStar Home Video, Columbia Pictures, Revolution Studios, Svensk Filmindustri (SF) AB, Cascade Film, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Columbia Tristar

Keywords: Soldier, Pursuit, 1990s, Rescue, Tense, Gritty, Quest

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Functions mainly as an action extravaganza, and a numbingly depersonalized one at that.

  • Throw in the music -- a wall-to-wall whorl of Eastern modal dirges, thumping rock and Celtic-y skirl -- and you've got a veritable cinematic rhapsody of war.

  • Films like this are more useful than gung-ho capers like "Behind Enemy Lines." They help audiences understand and sympathize with the actual experiences of combat troops, instead of trivializing them into entertainments. show more

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Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2002)
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2002)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2002)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Cinematography
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