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Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down
Black Hawk Down
Black Hawk Down
  • NR
  • 2h 32m
  • 2002
Certified Fresh76%
Common Sense Media Iconage 17+
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Based on the true story of a war waged in Mogadishu by the high tech Black Hawk helicopters and the US Army Rangers and Deltas.
© 2001 Revolution Studios Distribution Company, LLC and Jerry Bruckheimer, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh76%
Critics Consensus: Though it's light on character development and cultural empathy, Black Hawk Down is a visceral, pulse-pounding portrait of war, elevated by Ridley Scott's superb technical skill.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Excellent but very violent depiction of a risky rescue.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Black Hawk Down is a 2001 war movie based on the true story of the bravery and grave danger faced by American Special Forces while at war against a brutal warlord and his militia amidst the civil war-ravaged Somali capital Mogadishu. The first 45 minutes or so sets up the context, introduces the officers and soldiers, outlines their mission, and then the next 90 minutes are essentially a nonstop battle of American infantry and helicopters against armed and desperate Somali militia men and boys. The movie does not shy away from war violence -- casualties, blood, and graphic injuries are a constant. Surgery in the midst of battle is performed; soldiers are cut open and entrails are exposed. A nearly cut-off finger dangles from a hand. Frequent profanity, including regular use of "f--k" and its variations. What emerges overall is the bravery and selflessness of the soldiers in the midst of a battle unexpected in its ferocity, as well as an attempt to go beyond simplistic "good versus evil" dramatizations that have historically typified war movies.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action, Drama
  • Release Date:January 18, 2002
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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