Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down

A simple search-and-capture operation turns into a desperate survival mission for a group of US soldiers when their Black Hawk helicopters are shot down in this action thriller from Ridley Scott.

Based on the book by journalist Mark Bowden, detailing the true story of the Unified Task Force's efforts to capture Somali faction leader Mohamed Farrah Aidid in 1993. Winner of Best Film Editing and Best Sound at the 2002 Academy Awards, with two more nominations for Scott (Director) and Slawomir Idziak (Cinematography).

2001Rating: MA15+, Strong violence145 minsUSA, UK
ActionThrillerTrue Story & BiographyWar

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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The fact that the film failed to collect a single Golden Globe nomination from the hooeyheads of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association should suggest how good it is.

TV Guide

TV Guide

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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.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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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.

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

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The mission was doomed. This movie is not. It is an exceptional accomplishment -- and in certain ways that could not have been foreseen.

Variety

Variety

press

War is hell for 100 continuous minutes of screen time in “Black Hawk Down,” a relentless immersion in combat strikingly realized but none too pleasurable to sit through.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

The fact that the film failed to collect a single Golden Globe nomination from the hooeyheads of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association should suggest how good it is.

TV Guide

TV Guide

press

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.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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.

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

The mission was doomed. This movie is not. It is an exceptional accomplishment -- and in certain ways that could not have been foreseen.

Variety

Variety

press

War is hell for 100 continuous minutes of screen time in “Black Hawk Down,” a relentless immersion in combat strikingly realized but none too pleasurable to sit through.

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