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At Theaters: 1/18/2002 On Video: 6/11/2002
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 24 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 379905
Studio: Columbia Pictures Inc.
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A group of elite U.S. soldiers sent into Magadishu, Somalia in 1993 as part of a U.N. peacekeeping operation. Young Rangers and veteran Delta Force Soldiers fight side by side against overwhelming odds. For 18 harrowing hours, they remain trapped and wounded in the most hostile district of Magadishu until a rescue convoy can be mounted to retrieve them.
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Action Drama - Men in general are most likely to like this film, which is essentially one long combat sequence; as such, those sensitive to violence, not to mention young children, should stay away. Those looking for character and story should also steer clear, for there is very little of both.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Josh Hartnett O, BLOW DRY, THE VIRGIN SUICIDES, HERE ON EARTH
Eric Bana THE NUGGET, THE HULK
Ewan McGregor MOULIN ROUGE, EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
Tom Sizemore PEARL HARBOR, RED PLANET, PLAY IT TO THE BONE
William Fichtner THE PERFECT STORM
Sam Shepard THE PLEDGE
Director: Ridley Scott HANNIBAL, GLADIATOR
Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer PEARL HARBOR, COYOTE UGLY, ENEMY OF THE STATE
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The Mission
Location
Casting
Learning The Ropes
The Filming
Production Design
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PROFANITY: Frequent use of strong profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Violent, non-stop combat.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Smoking.
ACTION: Non-stop warfare.
COMEDY: None.
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Very Good

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Roger Ebert  Full Review
Excellent "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. Although the American mission in Somalia was humanitarian, the movie avoids speechmaking and sloganeering...''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Excellent "Black Hawk's knockout photography, editing and sound are all state of the art, while the ensemble performers, in contrast, are effectively subordinate to the material.  By focusing without distraction on the mission at hand, Black Hawk Down breaks out of the pack in Hollywood's long history of combat movies. It does so, in ironic screen timing, by reminding us of a battle that turned many against American troop commitment''

Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Good ''Black Hawk Down is driven by scenes of gripping, unflinching battle, touched by the director's talent for communicating through the colors he chooses, even in the spray of mud on a wounded man's face. It's powered by extended stretches of pummeling, adrenalized battle that are perhaps the stylistic contributions of Scott's Delta Force of a producing colleague, Jerry Bruckheimer.

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Above Average "The film, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, no doubt captures some of the horror and the chaos of the actual situation, but it makes for a loud, often confusing, and always bloody two and a half hours.''

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 176 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
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Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
26
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
9
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
28
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
16
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
52
Very High
96%
30+Adults (F)
45
Very High
96%
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Moviegoer Opinions:

NOTE: This movie is STRICTLY for those who either enjoy or can tolerate an EXTREMELY HIGH LEVEL of GRAPHIC and BLOODY violence! It's virtually non-stop killing with very little story.

We collected 176 opinions and they are EXTREMELY HIGH! As you can see, most of the opinions are either "Fantastic" or "Excellent," with most of the remaining ones being "Very Good," which is also high. Also remarkable, especially for this type of movie (bloody and violent) is the fact that only a handful of moviegoers rated it somewhat low with opinions of"Good" and "Fair," and that the ladies enjoyed it almost as much as the guys. All this makes it very easy to HIGHLY RECOMMEND "BLACK HAWK DOWN"! (But please BE SURE to read the detailed content information.)


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Black Hawk Down is the heroic account of a group of elite U.S. soldiers sent into Magadishu, Somalia in 1993 as part of a U.N. peacekeeping operation. Their mission: to capture several top lieutenants of the Somali Warlord, Mohamed Farrah Aidid, as part of a strategy to quell the civil war and famine that is ravaging the country.

Young Rangers and veteran Delta Force Soldiers fight side by side against overwhelming odds. For 18 harrowing hours, they remain trapped and wounded in the most hostile district of Magadishu until a rescue convoy can be mounted to retrieve them. Outnumbered and surrounded, tensions flare, friends are lost, alliances are formed and soldiers learn the true nature of war and heroism.

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