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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2018 3:57 p.m. PST

"The 2001 blockbuster war film Black Hawk Down depicted a battle largely forgotten upon the movie's release. Being released in the wake of 9/11 also gave it an extra dose of significance it might not have held otherwise. The battle occupies a special place in American military history, a legendary status among other post-Cold War military engagements that struggle to gain recognition in the public eye.

The price paid for recognition, however, is that the story becomes a legend that takes on a life of its own. It goes on an unscripted journey, ending up in a place well-removed from where it began. Consequently, the public often appreciates the wrong story or only a part of it. 25 years after the Battle of Mogadishu and 17 years after the film's release, what the public believes it knows about Black Hawk Down, if not entirely inaccurate, isn't the whole story…."
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14Bore03 Oct 2018 4:07 p.m. PST

Interesing additional information, BHD is in my top 10 war movies but couldn't watch it until I read Durante's book.

Chuckaroobob03 Oct 2018 7:21 p.m. PST

Loved the flick and the book.

Oberlindes Sol LIC03 Oct 2018 10:07 p.m. PST

I read Mark Bowden's book on a trans-Pacific flight. I thought he did a great job.

Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2018 6:51 a.m. PST

I saw the movie eight times in the theater. I am not sure how many times I have watched it on DVD.

I have read Bowden's book at least five times. I have also read other books on it.

I think the movie was the finest depiction of heroism and loyalty I have ever seen.


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2018 11:02 a.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friend!. (smile)


Lion in the Stars04 Oct 2018 11:23 a.m. PST

I think the only downside to the movie was that they had to consolidate characters.

ScoutJock04 Oct 2018 11:39 a.m. PST

Buddy of mine flew Cobras there for 10th Mtn. Said he remembers two things from that battle, he fired more rockets and 20mm in one night than he did combined for the remainder of his career, and the second thing was that he always thought the TF guys were super high speed and squared away, but discovered that they are as screwed up as everybody else when the fan distributes the feces and had 10th Mtn not been there with their Cobras, it would have been a lot bloodier for all concerned.

His intention was not to disparage the skill and valor of all involved, merely to point out that credit was not proportionately given.

14Bore04 Oct 2018 12:22 p.m. PST

Read a comment by someone there once that it's pretty close to real except there were way more FPG' s flying around than was shown

Personal logo 28mm Fanatik Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2018 12:54 p.m. PST

The movie was good but the Bowden book even better. Cost me a sleepless night flipping through its tension-filled pages, so riveting and unputdownable it was.

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