Black Hawk Down

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: The scene in which Eversmann runs out into the street to throw the strobe marker for the helicopter support is based on the actions of SPC Twombley, not Matt Eversmann.

Correction: Artistic licence - this is not a documentary.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: When Dominique Pilla is shot in the Humvee, McKnight asks about his status by radio. The Delta guy (Hoot/Norm Gibson) reports that he is dead, from the front seat of the same Humvee. When they show McKnight again (he's at Bakara Market) hearing those words from the radio, in the background (between the trucks) the same Delta guy is telling something to another. A second ago he was sitting in that speeding Humvee, miles away from Bakara Market.

Correction: In the shot mentioned, it's not Hoot (Eric Bana) standing behind McKnight (Tom Sizemore), it's Sanderson (William Fichtner), and Wex (Kim Coates). They are placing the prisoners into the back of a truck.

Corrected entry: When Grimes fires his grenade launcher at the technical, he does not put the special sights for it up and aim with that.

Correction: This is easily a character error since Grimes is inexperienced (or at least rusty) and a bit rattled with all the mayhem. The film even seems to acknowledge this since he misses and has to fire a second shot.

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: In the scene where the SAW gunner and the M60 gunner in chalk four's original position notice the big convoy heading for the first crash, Twomley drops to reload his SAW, but when they switch shots, he is firing again and a SAW takes time to reload, you can't just slap a new magazine in, it takes a good solid 10-20 seconds but, again when they switch shots you see him drop to reload again and the SAW has a 200-round box magazine. (00:57:37)

Correction: Actually, you never see him remove the drum from the weapon. It is possible, though not definite that he was clearing a jam in one of the shots.

Corrected entry: The Rangers are not wearing their Unit Patches (a scroll with battalion designation). This is required by all members of the unit as opposed to Ranger tabs which are only worn by soldiers who have graduated from Ranger School.

Correction: It is true that they were not wearing their unit patches in the movie. Of course, that is consistent with the uniforms they wore in Somalia in '93, which did not have unit patches.

Corrected entry: This may also fall under Continuity error, but near the end we see a wounded Lorenzo Ruis laying in the hospital bed recuperating from his wound, but later we see him under the KIA list. This is true that he dies, but he was killed in the lost convoy and not in a hospital.

Correction: Actually Lorenzo Ruiz died on the way to the hospital in Germany (they seemed to combine him with another soldier). The other soldier had said "don't go back without me." In the book BHD, Ruiz knew he was going to die. He told his buddies that it was over for him, and that he wanted his wife and daughter to know that he loved them. It is also not mentioned that SSG Dan Busch died of his wounds. One would not notice, unless they read the end text, which listed him amongst the dead.

Corrected entry: In the conversation scene between Mr. Atto and general Garrisson, we see sunglasses and an ash tray placed on the table. In the next shot the ash tray moves to different place and the sunglasses switch position.


Correction: The two shots of the table are from opposite sides of it, which is why they appear to have swapped sides.

Jon Sandys Premium member

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the movie when the character played by Eric Bana is walking at the Bakara market, you can see there's a total number of four crew members behind him in the crowd (one is right behind him and three more a bit further). It's easy to spot these white men in a crowd where everyone's supposed to be black.


Correction: There are white men in the background but there is nothing to indicate they are part of the crew as they are just walking around doing nothing but looking around. They could be visitors or may have been backup for Eric Bana's character in case anything went wrong whilst he was waiting there.

Lummie Premium member

Corrected entry: After Michael Durant lands his Black Hawk helicopter in hostile territory, he begins fending off his attackers from the seat of the helicopter with an MP5A3 sub-machine gun. In actuality, Black Hawk helicopter pilots in service in Somalia at the time the movie takes place were issued SP89 sub-machine guns, a similar, but much more compact weapon.

Correction: The MP5A3 was carried onboard most of the Helos used in Somalia.

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: When Dominick Pilla is impersonating Captain Steele in the hangar, Steele refers to him as 'Specialist' and he is wearing specialist's rank insignia on his collar. When he is later shot, Struecker twice refers to him as 'Sergeant Pilla' (which was his actual rank in real-life).

Correction: Pilla was promoted to sergeant the same day he was killed. [url=]This[/url] explains why they called him specialist the day before and sergeant the next.

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: 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.

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 second convoy is leaving the base to head back into Mogadishu the 3 Humvee's pass a C-130. If you look at the engines you can see that there are no propellers on the aircraft at all. There should be 4, 2 on each wing. Even if this was a maintenance issue it wouldn't be at that level in a hostile environment, and the plane would be in a hanger, not parked outside with no covers on any of the exposed lines. It appears to be a decommissioned aircraft used for a prop. (01:18:52)

Correction: This C-130 is NOT a USAF plane but along with a B707 stored nearby is a scrapped & derelict aircraft of the Moroccan Air Force, in one shot you can see a crown on the tail giving hint to the fact that the scenes where shot in Morocco. The C-130 shows no signs or insignias of the USAF. Also, the Boeing 707 in the other shots carries a Moroccan registration (CN-).

Corrected entry: At the 2nd helicopter crash site (Durant's) the scene jumps back to Pilot Durant in a small room several times while the D-boys are outside fighting. After Durant is placed in the small room with his MP-5, he is shown with Gordon's CAR-15 on his lap, then without. (01:28:02)

Correction: If you watch carefully, you can see one of the Somalis pick it up.

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: Most of the actions attributed to SSG Matt Eversman in the movie were actually conducted by 1LTs Larry Perino and Tom DiTomasso.

Correction: When adapting a real life event with as many participants as the situation in Mogadishu, it is necessary to make changes, leave things out and bake things together. Instead of showing both Perino, Eversman and DiTomasso they baked things into one character to make it easier for the audience. It would not have worked otherwise.

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Visible crew/equipment: Near the end of the movie when the convoy is heading back to the Pakistan Stadium, a Humvee stops briefly to allow a man to walk across the street with a child in his arms. When the shot changes and the Humvee begins driving again, a crew member or cameraman is seen inside the Humvee wearing a white shirt. All of the men who entered the Humvee were wearing fatigues. (02:05:27)

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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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