Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down

Ridley Scott (2001)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Following on swiftly from the release of Behind Enemy Lines, here's another noisy, gung-ho modern war movie. However, the fact that this film is based on the disastrous 1993 "Battle of Mogadishu" in Somalia does not temper its flag-waving, pro-American militarism. The film's poster tagline "Leave no man behind" disguises what was a strategic American mess as chest-beating melodrama - in reality, 18 Americans were killed, as were hundreds of Somalis during a 15-hour firefight. That it should come from a British director is the surprise, though to his credit Ridley Scott has cast many non-Americans in prominent roles - an underused Ewan McGregor, an impressive Jason Isaacs, comic turn Ewen Bremner and charismatic Eric Bana. It's sensitive, cool-headed and intelligent for a Jerry Bruckheimer movie, but for all of Scott's incredible technical skill - you really do feel as if you are there - the battle scenes lack identifiable characters and there is scant insight into the Somalian conflict. In a post-11-September world, its call for "heroes" makes it little more than a recruitment film.


American soldiers are sent into war-torn Mogadishu in 1993 on a routine search and capture operation. Learning some of their compatriots have been shot down, they feel compelled to mount a perilous rescue attempt - one that descends into all-out conflict with heavily armed Somalians. Ridley Scott's fact-based drama, starring Josh Hartnett, Eric Bana, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore and Orlando Bloom.

Cast & Crew

Ranger Staff Sgt Matt Eversmann Josh Hartnett
Ranger Spec Grimes Ewan McGregor
Ranger Lt Col Danny McKnight Tom Sizemore
Delta Sgt First Class "Hoot" Gibson Eric Bana
Delta Sgt First Class Jeff Sanderson William Fichtner
Specialist Shawn Nelson Ewen Bremner
Maj Gen William F Garrison Sam Shepard
Ranger Spec Mike Kurth Gabriel Casseus
Delta Master Sgt Chris "Wex" Wexler Kim Coates
Ranger Sgt First Class Kurt Schmid Hugh Dancy
Chief Warrant Officer Mike Durant Ron Eldard
Ranger Beales Ioan Gruffudd
Chief Warrant Officer Cliff Wolcott Jeremy Piven
Ranger Private First Class Richard Kowalewski Brendan Sexton III
Captain Mike Steele Jason Isaacs
Private First Class Todd Blackburn Orlando Bloom
Harrell Zeljko Ivanek
Matthews Glenn Morshower
Twombly Tom Hardy
Goodale Carmine Giovinazzo
Sizemore Matthew Marsden
Firimbi Treva Etienne
Wilkinson Ty Burrell
Director Ridley Scott
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarGuidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 18 Jan 2002