15 certificateBlack Hawk Down is a Film programme that first aired in 2001 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

Black Hawk Down is a 4 star programme

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Black Hawk Down (2001)

Directed by
Ridley Scott

Oscar-winning director Ridley Scott (Gladiator) assembled an exceptional cast, including Ewan McGregor, Josh Hartnett, Eric Bana, Tom Sizemore and William Fichtner, for this hard-hitting war movie (2001) based on the true story of a mission to disempower a corrupt Somali warlord by an elite group of US Delta Force soldiers in 1993.

The mission goes horribly wrong when unexpected resistance fighters shoot down two US Black Hawk helicopters in the Somali capital of Mogadishu. The survivors of the wrecked choppers are outnumbered by militia and have no choice but to fight for their lives. When they are finally evacuated the following morning, the US Army has suffered its heaviest loss of military life since the Vietnam War.

With frighteningly real combat scenes, Scott's film seeks to recreate the actual soldiers' experiences as accurately and graphically as possible, making it one of the most convincing representations of war ever captured on celluloid.

The movie itself doesn't rely on jingoistic hero figures like a lot of war movies, instead opting to show the central characters simply trying to survive in the face of an overwhelming threat.

The winner of two Academy Awards (for editing and sound), Black Hawk Down is a relentless attack on the senses, utilising extraordinary visual effects in the combat sequences. While the characters say very little, the indelible images that the movie leaves etched in your memory speak volumes about the grisly and horrific nature of war.

Written by ,

Also known as "La Caída del Halcón Negro"

Genre: Film

Production Year: 2001

4/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Filmed in Colour

When is Black Hawk Down next on TV?

It's next showing on 5Action Tomorrow, 9:00pm and on 5Action Tomorrow, 10:10pm. See more...


Image for Josh HartnettJosh Hartnett...SSgt. Matt Eversmann
Image for Ewan McGregorEwan McGregor...Spec. John Grimes
Image for Jason IsaacsJason Isaacs...Capt. Mike Steele
Image for Tom SizemoreTom Sizemore...Lt. Col. Danny McKnight
Image for William FichtnerWilliam Fichtner...Sfc. Jeff Sanderson
Image for Eric BanaEric Bana...Sfc. Norm "Hoot" Gibson
Image for Sam ShepardSam Shepard...Maj. Gen William F. Garrison
Image for Ewen BremnerEwen Bremner...Spec. Shawn Nelson
Image for Tom HardyTom Hardy...Spec. Lance Twombly
Ron Eldard...CWO Michael Durant
Charlie Hofheimer...Cpl. James 'Jamie' Smith
Image for Hugh DancyHugh Dancy...Sfc. Kurt Schmid
Tom Guiry...SSgt. Ed Yurek
Image for Brian Van HoltBrian Van Holt...SSgt. Jeff Struecker
Steven Ford...Lt. Col. Joe Cribbs