Black Hawk Down


2h 24m 2002

Brief Synopsis

The true story of the United States' involvement in Somalia during an ill-fated humanitarian mission. On October 3, 1993, U.S. soldiers entered Somalia on an exercise that was supposed to take less than an hour. The mission turned into a nightlong battle against thousands of heavily armed Somalians.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 18, 2002
Premiere Information
World premiere in Los Angeles: 18 Dec 2001; Los Angeles and New York openings: 28 Dec 2001
Production Company
Columbia Pictures, Inc.; Jerry Bruckheimer, Inc.; Revolution Studios; Scott Free
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Kenitra, Morocco; Sale, Morocco; Rabat, Morocco; Kenitra,Morocco; Rabat,Morocco; Sale,Morocco
Screenplay Information
Based on the book Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War by Mark Bowden (New York, 1999).

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 24m

Synopsis

On Saturday, 2 Oct 1993, restless American soldiers stationed at the temporary U.S. base at Mogadishu airport in Somalia, learn of a mission set for the next day. They are to capture warlord Mohamed Farah Aidid and others who have been attempting to stop the distribution of food following a time of famine in which more than 300,000 Somalis have died. Under the command of Maj. Gen William F. Garrison, a down-to-earth career officer from Texas, the men prepare for a potentially dangerous mission, but one that should take no more than thirty minutes. Rangers and Delta Force members are to be dropped into Mogadishu by Black Hawk Helicopters, capture Aidid and a handful of others from the designated site, then leave the area in Humvees which will rendezvous with them on the ground. Most of the men are anxious for the chance to go on a real mission, and spend Saturday evening amusing themselves, watching a video of The Jerk , talking and playing chess. Some are afraid, but the idealistic Ranger Staff Sgt. Matt Eversmann thinks that their mission will help "The Skinnies" as they call the Somalis. A few soldiers write "death letters" to their families, which some think is unlucky. Shortly before 3:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, Ranger Spec. Grimes, who frequently complains about being forced to work behind a desk because of excellent typing skills and an ability to make the perfect cup of coffee, is apprehensive after being told that he will be coming on the mission because another soldier has broken his wrist playing Ping Pong. Sure that they will be back before nightfall, some of the men leave night gear and canteens at the base, and as they fly toward the city, chat about how beautiful the blue water and sandy beaches of Somalia are. Passing over one area, they wave to a young boy on the ground, not knowing that the boy is using a cellphone to relay information about the incoming helicopters to Aidid's soldiers. A few minutes later, as the American Black Hawk helicopters hover over the drop site, automatic weapons and mortars are fired at them, causing the first casualty, Ranger Pvt. First Class Todd Blackburn, who sustains a serious injury when he falls to the ground. While some of the men, led by Ranger Lt. Col. Danny McKnight and Delta Sgt. First Class "Hoot" Gibson find the men they have been sent to capture and start to load them on one of the Humvees, extensive sniper fire increases and a Black Hawk flown by Chief Warrant Officer Cliff "Elvis" Wolcott goes down. Via television monitors at the base, Garrison surveys the situation and orders the men to go to the crash site, secure a perimeter and pick up survivors. Garrison then bitterly comments "We just lost the initiative." As various groups approach the crash site, the assault from the Somalis becomes more intense and many of the Humvees are unable to get through. Ranger Sgt. Dominick Pilla, who mans a machine gun on top of one of the Humvees, is the first man killed by gunfire. Meanwhile, the rigid Capt. Mike Steele orders Eversmann to head a group and go to the crash site. Eversmann and several other soldiers reach the site, but are trapped and forced to take cover in an abandoned building. As many more men are killed or sustain multiple injuries, another helicopter, flown by Chief Warrant Officer Mike Durant, is hit and forced down. Durant survives the crash, despite a badly broken leg, but cannot leave the helicopter. Hordes of armed civilians now take to the streets and run towards the crash sites, making Garrison realize that all helicopters and Humvees must pull back and regroup. He then sends word to the Pakistani army that also occupies the city that they must assemble as many armored vehicles as possible at Pakistani Stadium, which is located in a safe area of Mogadishu. By the early evening, some of the men still trapped begin to despair that they have been abandoned, but Garrison repeatedly issues orders that no man, dead or alive, will be left behind. By late evening, many of the dead and wounded arrive back at the airport base as more troops prepare a rescue mission. Several men who have sustained injuries, including McKnight, are determined to go back and rejoin the others. In a helicopter over the city, two Delta snipers, Delta Sgt. First Class Randy Shughart and Delta Master Sgt. Gary Gordon, repeatedly request permission to rescue Durant. Garrison finally agrees, after which Shughart and Gordon are dropped near Durant's helicopter and pull him to a safe place. As an increasingly large and hostile group of Somalis draws near, Shughart and Gordon are both killed and their bodies are grabbed by the frenzied mob. After Durant runs out of ammunition, he tries to hold onto a photograph of his wife and young child as the mob attacks him. His life is spared when one of Aidid's men stops them, saying he is wanted as a live prisoner. By early Monday morning, the armored vehicles depart Pakistani Stadium and additional helicopters leave the base. The ground vehicles approach the crash sites and reach the buildings, where pockets of soldiers are holed up. When the convoy reaches Eversmann and his men, they quickly evacuate the wounded and the body of a Ranger Cpl. Jamie Smith, a friend of Eversmann who died from a massive leg wound. There is not enough room in the armored vehicles to hold all the men, though, and many, including Eversmann, must run alongside, using the vehicles as cover. To the cheers of friendly Somalis and their fellow soldiers, the men finally reach Pakistani Stadium at 6:30 on Monday morning, sixteen hours after the start of their mission. As they rest, drink glasses of water offered by Pakistani soldiers and have their wounds tended, several survivors reflect that they did not become soldiers to be heroes. Grimes, who proved his worthiness as a soldier and survived the mission, is handed a cup of tea, and Eversmann sits next Smith's body and explains why he does what he does.

Cast

Josh Hartnett

[Ranger Staff Sgt. Matt] Eversmann

Ewan Mcgregor

[Ranger Special.] Grimes

Tom Sizemore

[Ranger Lt. Col. Danny] McKnight

Eric Bana

[Sgt. First Class] Hoot [Gibson]

William Fichtner

[Delta Sgt. First Class Jeff] Sanderson

Ewen Bremner

[Ranger Special. Shawn] Nelson

Sam Shepard

[Maj. Gen. William F.] Garrison

Gabriel Casseus

[Ranger Special. Mike] Kurth

Kim Coates

[Delta Master Sgt. Chris] Wex [Wexler]

Hugh Dancy

[Ranger Sgt. First Class] Schmid

Ron Eldard

[Chief Warrant Officer Mike] Durant

Ioan Gruffudd

[Ranger] Beales

Thomas Guiry

[Ranger Staff Sgt. Ed] Yurek

Charlie Hofheimer

[Ranger Cpl. Jamie] Smith

Danny Hoch

[Ranger Sgt. Dominick] Pilla

Jason Isaacs

[Capt. Mike] Steele

Zeljko Ivanek

[Delta Lt. Col. Gary] Harrell

Glenn Morshower

[Lt. Col. Tom] Matthews

Jeremy Piven

[Chief Warrant Officer Cliff "Elvis"] Wolcott

Brendan Sexton Iii

[Ranger Pfc. Richard] Kowalewski

Johnny Strong

[Delta Sgt. First Class Randy] Shughart

Richard Tyson

[Delta Staff Sgt. Dan] Busch

Brian Van Holt

[Ranger Staff Sgt. Jeff] Struecker

Nikolaj Coster-waldau

[Delta Master Sgt. Gary] Gordon

Steven Ford

[Lt. Col. Joe] Cribbs

Ian Virgo

[Ranger Pvt. John] Waddell

Thomas Hardy

[Ranger Special. Lance] Twombly

Gregory Sporleder

[Ranger Sgt. Scott] Galentine

Carmine Giovinazzo

[Ranger Sgt. Mike] Goodale

Chris Beetem

[Ranger Sgt. James "Casey"] Joyce

Tac Fitzgerald

[Ranger Special. Brad] Thomas

Matthew Marsden

[Ranger Special. Dale] Sizemore

Orlando Bloom

[Ranger Pfc.Todd] Blackburn

Kent Linville

[Ranger Pfc. Clay] Othic

Enrique Murciano

Ruiz

Michael Roof

[Ranger Pvt.] Maddox

George Harris

[Osman] Atto

Razaaq Adoti

Mo'alim

Treva Etienne

Firimbi

Abdibashir Mohamed Hersi

Somali spy

Pavel Vokoun

Briley

Dan Woods

Fales

Ty Burrell

[Air Force Tech. Sgt. Tim] Wilkinson

Boyd Kestner

[Chief Warrant Officer Mike] Goffena

Jason Hildebrandt

[Chief Warrant Officer Dan] Jollata

Kofi Amankwah

Somali kid

Joshua Quarcoo

Somali kid

Johann Myers

Somali father

Lee Geohagen

Somali son with gun

Crew

Mohamed Essaghir Aabach

Crowd marshall, Morocco unit

Rifki Abdelghani

Key grip, Morocco unit

Kirby Adams

Payroll accountant

Hatimi Ahmed

1st Assistant Director, Morocco unit

Said Arif Ahmed

Const buyer, Morocco unit

Blondel Aidoo

Executive prod, Asylum

Mark Allett

Set Dresser

Hani Alyousif

2D artist

Paul Amer

3D artist

Said Andam

Trans office Manager, Morocco unit

Damian Anderson

Assistant prod Coordinator

Abdellatif Ansary

Camera loader, Morocco unit

David Appleby

Key grip

Laya Armian

VFX Coordinator, Mill Film

Rick Ash

Addl re-rec mixer

James Ashwill

Foley mixer

Christopher Assells

Sound Effects Editor

Simon Atherton

Key armorer

Darryl Athons

Costume Coordinator

Bob Badami

Music Supervisor

Karen M. Baker

Supervisor Sound Editor

Sidney Baldwin

Still Photographer

Orna Banarie

Assistant to Mr. Bruckheimer

Murray Barber

2D artist

Steven Barnes

2D artist

Pier Luigi Basile

Art Director

Bernie Baum

Composer

Stefan Baur

Camera tech

Gavin Baxter

3D artist

David Baynham

Special Effects Supervisor plasterer

Clive Beard

Special Effects lead senior tech

Rosie Bedford-stradling

First aid, 2d unit

Tarik Ait Ben Ali

Production Assistant

Salah Benchegra

Casting Assistant, Morocco unit

Vanessa Bendetti

Research

M. Najib Benfares

Best boy Electrician, Morocco unit

Robert Bennett

Assistant to Mr. Zimmer

Sara Bennett

2D artist

Kimberley Ann Berdy

Los Angeles prod Coordinator

Abdelaali Berhich

Special Effects unit crew

Pavel Bezdek

Stunts

Hitesh Bharadia

3D artist

Bhd Band

Addl score cues performed by

Ian Biggs

Special Effects senior tech

Annick Biltresse

Art Department Coordinator

Rob Blue

Inferno artist

Valerio Bonelli

Assistant Editor

Mike Booys

Assistant action vehicle Coordinator, 2d unit

Michael Bordin

Composer

Roddy Bottum

Composer

Malika Boukergane

Makeup, Morocco unit

Samir Bounit

Control of Morocco labor, Morocco unit

Ales Bousi

Stunts

Mark Bowden

Consultant

Mark Bowden

Contract Writer

Dave Bowman

2D artist

Kaz Boyle

Assistant to Mr. Zimmer

Phil Brennan

Inferno artist

David Brighton

Special Effects workshop Supervisor

Dean Brkic

Key rigging Electrician

Bela Brojek

CG artist

Michael Brook

BHD band

Michael Brook

Composer

Andrea Bruce

Assistant to Mr. Bruckheimer

Jerry Bruckheimer

Producer

Michal Bukojemski

Video op

Tim Burke

VFX Supervisor

Lindsay Burnett

Visual Effects prod, Asylum

Sandra Butterworth

Dialect coach

Eddie Bydalek

Recording

Jose Cabrera

Casting Assistant

John Campbell

Assistant to Mr. Bruckheimer

Jerry Cantrell

Composer

Alex Corven Caronia

Unit Manager, 2d unit

Martin Chamney

3D artist

Ali Cherkaoui

2d Assistant Director, Morocco unit

Houssna Choukri

Assistant to Mr. Souissi

Jamal Chrourou

Special Effects unit crew

Lisa Chugg

Assistant set dec

Monica Ciafardini

Music clearance

Al Clay

Score rec

Isabel Cody

3D artist

John Collett

Stunts

Eugene Collier

Stunts

Fionn Comerford

2d Assistant Camera

Grant Connor

2D artist

Jim Conrads

Post prod Coordinator

Joe Conti

24 frame video Effects

Paul Conti

24 frame video Supervisor

Toby E. Cook

Production Assistant

Ian John Corbould

Special Effects lead senior tech

Neil Corbould

Special Effects Supervisor

Neil Corbould

Prosthetics Effects Supervisor

Paul Grant Corbould

Assistant Special Effects Supervisor

Colin Coull

Digital color timer, Mill Film

John Robert Cox

3D artist

Stephen Crawley

Special Effects wireman/rigger

Ana Bulajic Crcek

Makeup

Stuart Cripps

2D artist

Gergely Csolle

Stunts

John Cucci

Foley artist

Steve Cummings

Armorer

Brian Cuscino

I/O

Merrilee Dale

Loc accountant

Zack Davis

ADR Editor

Dean De Leo

Composer

Robert De Leo

Composer

Sandy Decrescent

Music contractor

Barbara Deleonardis

Hairstylist

Giancarlo Deleonardis

Key hair stylist

Sylvain Despretz

Storyboard artist

Dino R. Dimuro

Sound Effects Editor

William Dodds

3d Assistant Director, 2d unit

Jim Dooley

BHD musician

Antoine L. Douaihy

Unit Manager

William F. Dowd

Loc and extras casting

Mitch Drain

Inferno artist

Robert Drwila

Assistant Editor

Ravi Dube

Transportation capt

Clay Duncan

BHD musician

Michael Dunleavy

Prosthetics senior tech

Tommy Dunne

Armorer

Lester Dunton

Video assist

Frederic Durand

3D artist

Dave Early

2D artist

Craig Eastman

BHD band

Craig Eastman

Composer

Areito Echevarria

2D artist

Todd Egan

Assistant Sound Editor

Karim Elamri

Prod translator, Morocco unit

Andrea Eliseyan

Recording

Pierre Ellul

Production Assistant

Ilan Eshkeri

BHD musician

Eric Etje

Stunts

Roberta Federico

Set Design

Andy Feery

3D artist

Carla Ferroni

Travel Coordinator

Jiri Firt

Stunts

Greg Fisher

3D artist

Mike Fisher

BHD musician

John Fitzgerald

BHD musician

Stephanie Flack

Dial Editor

Eric Flickinger

Recording

Tomo Fogec

Prod mixer, 2d unit

Bruce [l.] Fowler

Orchestration

Walt Fowler

BHD musician

Lilian Gahlin

2D artist

Rachid Gaidi

1st Assistant Director, Morocco unit

Elton John Garcia

Inferno artist

Francisco Paco Garcia

Helicopter pilot

Jose Garretta

Helicopter pilot

Adam Gascoyne

2D artist

Joseph Geday

Special Effects tech

Capt. Nabil Ghiadi

Military adv, Morocco unit

Bill Giant

Composer

Gianni Giovagnoni

Art Director

Donna Glasser

Prod accountant

Kevin Globerman

Assistant eng

Tami R. Goldman

Post prod Coordinator

Bill Gould

Composer

Laura Graham

ADR Editor

Katherine Granger

2D artist

Jerry Grayson

Helicopter pilot

Gianni Graziano

Makeup

Nicky Gregory

First aid

Elli Griff

Set Decoration

Andrew Griffiths

Boom Operator

Basil Grillo

2d 2d Assistant Director

Michal Grun

Stunts

Andrew Haigh

Assistant Editor

Gregory J. Hainer

Sound Effects Editor

Rene Hajek

Stunts

Per Hallberg

Supervisor Sound Editor

Lahcen Harouane

Special Effects unit crew

Alan Hausmann

Armorer

Dan Hegeman

Sound Effects Editor

Kieron Helsdon

3D artist

Michael Hemschoot

CG artist

Bart Hendrickson

Sampling eng

Jimi Hendrix

Composer

Ron Hersey

Camera op, 2d unit

Michael Hertlein

Foley Editor

Steve Hillage

Composer

Pamela Hochschartner

Unit Production Manager

Christopher Hogan

Supervisor dial Editor

Roger Holden

Greensman

Jan Holicek

Stunts

Jonathan Hook

Base camp Manager

Tommy Hooper

Head of tech

Mark Hopkins

2D artist

Emma Horton

2d 2d Assistant Director

Mark Howard

Special Effects tech

Sammy Howarth-sheldon

Costume Design

Peter Hric

Stunts

Robin Huffer

3D artist

Laurent Hugueniot

CG Supervisor, Mill Film

Harry Humphries

Military adv

Harry Humphries

Associate Producer

David Hunter

Prosthetics workshop Supervisor

Karen Hurley

Apprentice Editor

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 18, 2002
Premiere Information
World premiere in Los Angeles: 18 Dec 2001; Los Angeles and New York openings: 28 Dec 2001
Production Company
Columbia Pictures, Inc.; Jerry Bruckheimer, Inc.; Revolution Studios; Scott Free
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Kenitra, Morocco; Sale, Morocco; Rabat, Morocco; Kenitra,Morocco; Rabat,Morocco; Sale,Morocco
Screenplay Information
Based on the book Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War by Mark Bowden (New York, 1999).

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 24m

Award Wins

Best Editing

2001

Best Sound

2001

Award Nominations

Best Cinematography

2001

Best Director

2001
Ridley Scott

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

An opening title card on the film reads, "Only the dead know the end of war-Plato." According to a 17 December 2001Time magazine article, the print shown at the film's press preview bore a different inscription, a quotation from T. S. Eliot that read: "All our ignorance brings us closer to death." Although there are no opening credits prior to the start of the story, several title cards are presented, with each offering information on the setting or historical background of the real life event on which the film is based. As noted in one title card, the film begins on 2 October 1993.
       According to historical sources, the background to the incident, sometimes called "The Battle of Mogadishu," began in 1991, when a large-scale civil war erupted in Somalia following the ouster of long-time dictator Siad Barre. During the bloody civil war between the Somali National Movement and warlord Mohemed Farah Aidid, among others, and the simultaneous famine that took place over the next two years, it is estimated that more than 300,000 Somalis died. UN peacekeepers were brought into Somalia in late April 1992, following a ceasefire.
       On June 5, 1993, after a massacre of twenty-four Pakistani troops, the UN issued a resolution to apprehend those responsible. On August 8, 1993, four American soldiers were killed by a Somali detonated land mine, and by late Aug, 440 American elite troops from Delta Force and the U.S. Rangers were sent to Somalia under Maj. Gen. William F. Garrison's command, with a mission to capture Aidid. As noted in the film, when the proposed three-week mission was still unresolved after six weeks, pressure was put on Garrison to complete the mission as soon as possible.
       The mission that comprises the bulk of the film took place from mid-afternoon on Sunday, October 3, 1993 to early morning on Monday, 4 Oct, and lasted for approximately eighteen hours [sources variously list the duration as sixteen to twenty hours, but within the film it lasts sixteen hours]. Although the mission was to capture Aidid and top lieutenants, Aidid was not apprehended, and in the film, it is unclear whether Aidid himself or just his cohorts were the intended targets.
       Eighteen Americans were killed and eighty-four were wounded during the operation. While most sources indicate that the exact number of Somalis who died during the incident cannot be confirmed, it has been variously reported that between 350 and 1,000 died. Although not explicitly shown in the film, the bodies of fallen American soldiers were carried by a mob through the streets of Mogadishu, after which photographs of their mutilated bodies were shown in news media throughout the world. Many news sources about the incident have indicated that, following the operation's failure, there was a greater reluctance during the late 1990s to have the U.S. become embroiled in other international peacekeeping and humanitarian operations.
       According to a Hollywood Reporter news item on January 22, 1998, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Touchstone Pictures had recently acquired screen rights to the as yet unpublished Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden. In addition to the rights to Bowden's non-fiction book, Bruckheimer and Touchstone also acquired the rights to a series of articles written by Bowden for The Philadelphia Inquirer. The news item noted that Bowden was signed to write the screenplay and Simon West was slated to direct. By September 8, 2000, as reported in a Hollywood Reporter news item, Ridley Scott was in negotiations to direct the film and Ken Nolan had been assigned to rework Bowden's first draft screenplay. After Bruckheimer moved his company to the Sony/Columbia Pictures lot, the $90,000,000 production was scheduled for filming in Morocco, where Scott had recently shot much of his 2000 release, Gladiator (see below).
       Unlike the book, there are no back stories for the main characters and only allusions to decisions "in Washington" that May have hampered the mission. The film's cast was multinational, and all who portrayed Americans assumed appropriate accents for their roles. In most cases, the actual names of men involved in the mission were used. The onscreen credits list all of the Americans by one-word character names, usually the surname.
       Within the film, as noted in reviews, clarity for the audience necessitated that names are displayed on each soldiers' helmet, although in reality, soldiers would not display their names thus. Within the film, dialogue and situations parallel portions of the U.S. Ranger's Code, especially in the recurring theme, used in the film's key art, "Leave no man behind," which in the code is stated as "I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy..."
       The film's end titles state that it was made on location in Sale and Rabat, Morocco. Various trade paper news items and press releases in the AMPAS library production file for the film indicate that the U.S. Military Base in Mogadishu was created at a Royal Moroccan Air Force field at Kenitra, twenty miles north of Rabat. The closing titles also thank and acknowledge the contributions of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, The Government of Morocco, The Governor and the People of Sale and the Centre Cinematographique Marocain. The producers also acknowledge the support and cooperation of the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Army in the making of the film. Footage from The Jerk (1979) and The Last of the Mohicans (1992), which was shown on television while the soldiers prepare for their mission is acknowledged in the end credits as being shown courtesy of Universal Studios Licensing, Inc. and Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. respectively.
       The end titles include the following dedication: "For My Mum, Elizabeth Jean Scott, 1906-2001." Several additional end title cards briefly detail the results of the operation. Some of the title cards relate the following information: eighteen Americans (whose names are listed) lost their lives during the incident; as many as 1,000 Somalis died; Sgt. First Class Randy Shughart and Master Sgt. Gary Gordon, who attempted to rescue downed helicopter pilot Chief Warrant Officer Mike Durant, were posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the first soldiers to be so honored since the Vietnam War; Durant was released after eleven days in captivity; Garrison accepted full responsibility for the action; Aidid, who was not captured during the operation, died in 1995, after which Garrison retired from the Army. In March 2002, it was widely reported by source organizations that a GPS (global positioning satellite) device belonging to downed pilot Gordon was found in Afganistan, in a cave that had recently been cleared of Al Queda fighters; those reports, however, proved untrue.
       A Los Angeles Times article of November 5, 2001, reported that several of the military personnel who appeared in the film were currently serving in Afghanistan. The article also revealed that, although filming was almost completed before the events of 11 Sep, an epilogue was being added to the film to discuss the Somalian incident and how it contributed to U.S. reluctance to become involved in later international conflicts. However, the Hollywood Reporter review of the film stated that "In order to address less-than-subtle suggestions made by the film that the country's involvement in the Somalia conflict May have been ill-advised and/or poorly planned, a number of corrective, post-Sept. 11 sentiments have been clumsily grafted onto the back end, with awkward results." This material was not included in the viewed print, however, and according to an article by Bowden in the December 28, 2001 Los Angeles Times, was cut just prior to the film's Los Angeles and New York limited release openings.
       A documentary dealing with the historical incident, called "Ambush in Mogadishu," was broadcast on the PBS series Frontline in 1998. In addition to being nominated by AFI as the 2001 Movie of the Year, AFI nominations were also received by Scott as Director of the Year, Janusz Kaminski for Cinematography, Pietro Scalia for Editing and Arthur Max for Production Design. Black Hawk Down was also included in the Ten Best lists of Time, Rolling Stone, National Board of Review, Screen International, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New York Daily News and USA Today. The film received an Academy Award for Best Editing and was nominated for the following Academy Awards: Best Cinematography, Best Directot, Best Sound

Miscellaneous Notes

Nominated for the 2001 Award for Best Production Design in a Feature Film - Contemporary from the Society of Motion Picture & Television Art Directors/ Art Directors Guild (ADG).

Nominated for the 2001 award for Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published from the Writers Guild of America (WGA).

Nominated for the 2001 award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing - Feature from the Cinema Audio Society (CAS).

Nominated for the 2001 award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film from the Directors Guild of America (DGA).

Voted one of the 10 best films of 2001 by the American Film Institute (AFI).

Winner of the 2001 Eddie Award for Best Edited Feature - Drama, from the American Cinema Editors (ACE).

Winner of the 2001 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing - Effects & Foley, Domestic Feature Film by the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE).

Released in United States Winter December 28, 2001

Wide Release in United States January 18, 2002

Project acquired in turnaround from Touchstone Pictures.

Feature screenwriting debut for Ken Nolan.

The reported budget for the film was $92 million, but documents made available to prospective buyers of the Revolution library revealed that the actual budget was $110.5 million.

Completed shooting June 29, 2001.

Began shooting March 8, 2001.

Released in United States Winter December 28, 2001

Wide Release in United States January 18, 2002

Nominated for five awards, including Movie of the Year, Director of the Year, Cinematographer of the Year, Editor of the Year and Production Designer of the Year, at the 2001 American Film Institute (AFI) Awards.