icon Film Profile: Black Hawk Down - (2001)
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"Leave No Man Behind."

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  • Director: Ridley Scott
  • Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure,
  • Studio: Jerry Bruckheimer Films
  • Subtitled | Widescreen | Duration: 170 Mins


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Overview
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.
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Cast List:
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 : Thomas Hardy
Goodale : Carmine Giovinazzo
Sizemore : Matthew Marsden
Firimbi : Treva Etienne
Wilkinson : Ty Burrell

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