• Black Hawk Down (2002)

Black Hawk Down

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: Drama , War

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

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

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    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.

  • 40
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

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

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

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