Black Hawk Down

Corrected entry: In the scene when Blackburn is reporting for duty he states that his birthday is 2-27-75 and his age is typed in that he is 18. But in 1992, with that birth date he would only be 17 years old.


Correction: It's stated that the film takes place in October 1993. Where did you get 1992 from?

Gavin Jackson

Corrected entry: In the scene where the American convoy is leaving and the two machine gunners are defending the chalk's position, one gunner says "Twombly, the convoy's leaving." Just before this you saw Twombly reload his machine gun, which would have equipped him with another 200 rounds. However, just after the convoy leaves he fires a few more rounds and goes to reload again.

Correction: I believe he was trying to clear a jam, not reload.

Corrected entry: In the close up of the 249 SAW (5.56 machine gun), the charging handle is moving back and forth as the rounds are ejected from the weapon system. All charging handles are locked forward on all machine guns 249, 240b, etc. I carried a 249 for 2 years.

Correction: With the FN minimi designs if you fail to lock the cocking handle forward it can move backwards and forwards when the weapon is fired. Soldiers can make mistakes like this due to the pressure of combat.

Corrected entry: There were actually 19 aircraft involved in the raid, but there were only 8 were used in the film.

Correction: The movie's budget almost didn't allow for even one Black Hawk helicopter (they were considering using cheaper, older UH-1 Iroquois helicopters in their place). It was ultimately decided that the movie's namesake couldn't simply be omitted and several UH-60 Black Hawks were included in the film. Going from zero to eight Black Hawk helicopters should be considered a feat rather than a mistake.

Corrected entry: In the last battle sequence when the Americans are driving through Mogadishu to the stadium, there is a black soldier shooting at Somalis on the street. According to the book, there was not a single black or non-white person in the Delta Force or Ranger squads in Somalia.

Correction: Incorrect - there were two with the Rangers in Somalia. One, named Kurth, is interviewed on the Collector's Edition DVD.

Corrected entry: Throughout the movie you see machine gunners with M-60s. This is wrong because the M-60 was taken out of service before the events of this film, because of its poor reliability.

Correction: This was a VERY recent change. Only in the past 2 or 3 years was the M60 replaced by the M240b machine gun, except for very limited circumstances, due to them being labled "unreliable". However, the Mogadishu conflict depicted in the film took place in 1993, when the M60 was still in wide service in all branches of the military.


Corrected entry: In the scene where the two Delta snipers are defending Durant's crash site, a few sounds gets mixed up. When the boys first arrive they pull Durant out of the chopper and place him in a hut. Gordon runs back out and start to shoot. He is using his M4, but the sound is from Shugart's M21. When the two snipers are dead we see Durant fire off his last round when Somalis are over-running the chopper. The gun he used was Gordon's M4, but the sound was from his own MP5. (01:32:46)

Correction: Shughart uses an M14, not an M21, and Gordon uses a CAR-15, not an M4. Durant uses an MP5K. The actual difference in sound is negligible in this scene, the snap of the CAR-15 blends in with the crowd.

Corrected entry: Early on, a Blackhawk with Delta troops on board flies out over the beach to pick up Eric Bana. A soldier on the chopper asks "How's the water?" and the pilot answers. When the camera faces the soldier who asked the question, it's Orlando Bloom, who doesn't report for duty till later.

Correction: They picked Orlando Bloom's character up, then picked up Eric Bana, then flew them both to the base. Bloom's character asks about the water since he's never been there before.

That's an inside joke, as the waters around The Mog were full of sharks and nobody would swim there.

Corrected entry: When Chalk 4 are walking up to the crash and about 50 Somalians are walking parallel east of them and they get shot at with a RPG, the wall that gets hit has no mark on it. (00:55:32)

Correction: That's because it hits the ground. Not the wall.

Ssiscool Premium member

Corrected entry: Early in the movie when Pilla is making fun of CPT Steele, he is referred to as 'Specialist' (E-4) by CPT Steele right before CPT Steele puts him in the headlock. However, later in the movie when he is shot while up in the turret, SGT Strucker refers to him as 'Sergeant' Pilla (E-5). E-5/SGT is denoted by 3 chevrons on the collar and E-4/SPC is denoted by the rank seen on his collar during his scene with CPT Steele.

Correction: Dominick Pilla was promoted to Sergeant just before the raid. He was still a Specialist during the earlier scenes, but pinned on his Sergeant chevrons prior to the raid itself.

Corrected entry: When Gordon and Shughart go to the 2nd crash site and Gordon knocks on Durant's cockpit door, he asks him 'how bad' then fires his rifle. 2 cartridges are ejected but there is only one shot heard.

Correction: There are 2 shots in rapid succession.

Steve Kozak

Corrected entry: When Grimes is being told he is going to fight, "Creep" by Stone Temple Pilots is playing in the background. Though this song was recorded in 1992, it wasn't released until November of 1993. The events of the movie occurred on October 3rd and 4th of 1993, the song wasn't released for another month.

Correction: Incorrect. "Creep" may have been released as a single in 1993, but the album it is from, "Core", was released on September 29, 1992, which means the song was available to consumers for a full year before the events of the movie take place. As long as the troops were playing that album as opposed to listening to the radio, then there is no reason why the song could not have been playing in this scene. Source: (Stone_Temple_Pilots_album).

Phaneron Premium member

Corrected entry: During the scene when the windshield explodes on McKnight's humvee, he gets clipped in the neck by a bullet. At that moment you can see a bullet hole appear in his passenger seat window. Rewind however and you will see that a few seconds earlier there was no window there. The window only appeared when the bullet was shot.


Correction: I just watched that scene and the window stays there the whole time.

Corrected entry: When the two delta snipers are defending the second crash site, they sit the pilot down in a building right next to them. Several times it cuts to him sitting there defending their rear. Right after the first delta sniper is killed, it cuts to him again and he has the camo Car-15 in his lap. Following this, it cuts back to the downed chopper and the second delta sniper proceeds to take the camo Car-15 from his fallen comrade and bring it to the pilot covering his rear. The pilot shouldn't have the Car-15 in his lap when he does.


Correction: Shughart (the delta sniper still alive) grabbed the crew chief's M-16 to help him when his other weapons ran out of ammo. Also seen when he picks up the MP5A3 after he is shot.

Corrected entry: Toward the end of the movie when the soldiers get back to the stadium, and water is brought to them. Watch as a wide shot shows the soldier drinking all the water in the cup, it jumps to a close up and the cup is half full again and he splashes water on his face.


Correction: The close up is from one of the Delta's. He just sipped his water right before he threw the rest in his face. Grimes drinks it all, to which this one refers. Hoot is the one in the close up.

Corrected entry: During the scene when Chalk 4 is moving parallel to the crowd, and the .50 cal is waiting for them at the corner, they get pinned down. Shortly after that the Little Birds kill the .50 cal gunner. Right before that however, there is an above view of a helicopter that isn't seen at any time during the movie, neither a black hawk nor a little bird. From what I could tell it appeared to be a Huey.


Correction: It is a Huey, It's the C-2 Bird that the two Colonels that are coordinating air units with ground forces are flying in. After the meeting they note that they will be in the C-2 bird above the action at 500 feet.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Jamie dies from his femoral artery wound, the close up shot of his face after he is already dead reveals his artery in the neck still beating.

Correction: He's dying, not dead. He slips into unconsciousness, but his heart keeps pumping for a few more seconds.

Corrected entry: After Blackburn has fallen, Eversmann asks to call Steele. But actually it was Perino who he was talking to, when this fight happened.

Correction: MANY changes were made to factual accounts when converting the book to film. Entire characters were consolidated into others, making minor changes like this one necessary.

Corrected entry: The scene where a soldier is calling to his wife and the machine answers is impossible, because there is a time difference of about 9 or 10 hours between Somalia and USA, it should be dark and everybody sleeping. (00:29:40)

Correction: Actually, it would be light when the phone call was made. I just returned from Iraq 7 months ago, and Iraq is only an 8 hr. time difference from Ft. Bragg, NC. Since the mission happened at 3pm, the time back in the states would be 7 or 8am.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the rangers are trapped in the building across from the first crash the camera is looking down from an aerial view of a helicopter. This helicopter is not a Black Hawk, but a Huey. You can tell by its single engine, and the fact it has landing skids. Black Hawks use wheels for landing gear.

Correction: Actually the bird seen is supposed to portray the 0h-58 observation birds, or maybe the uh-1y.

Factual error: In the first 15 minutes of the movie, a Delta Force operative is seen wearing a pair of Oakley X-Metal Juliets. The events portrayed in the movie took place in 1993. Oakley didn't make the Juliets until 1999. (00:05:02)

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Pilla: Colonel, they're shooting at us! Colonel, they're shooting at us!
McKnight: Well shoot back!

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Trivia: According to veterans of the actual event, when the Rangers got the go-ahead for the mission and were getting their gear ready, "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N Roses was playing on the base's loudspeakers. There were some half-serious comments among the men about the appropriateness of this song. However, the film's producers failed to secure the rights to use "Welcome to the Jungle," so they substituted Faith No More's "Falling to Pieces"--which is perhaps thematically in line with what happened on the raid. (00:27:28)


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Question: What ever happened to the pilot that was captured by the Somalians (who had the picture of his wife and child), did he get rescued or killed?

Answer: Mike Durant was released 11 days after his capture. He retired from the Army a few years later and published a book about his time in the 160th.

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