Black Hawk Down

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.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Blackburn is fast-roping out of the helicopter, SGT Evers initially is not wearing the goggles down over his eyes. In the shot after Blackburn falls and Evers leans over the edge of the helicopter, Evers is shown wearing his goggles down. In the next shot, he is wearing them up again. (00:43:23)

Correction: Evers pulls the goggles down just before fast roping and they stay on throughout the fast rope. They don't move.

Ssiscool Premium member

Corrected entry: The first time McKnight gets in his Humvee after the three Humvees leave the camera shows the Humvee from outside and there is no window in the front passenger door but when they show the Humvee from inside you can see the window. (00:34:30)


Correction: No window can be seen.

Ssiscool Premium member

Corrected entry: In the scene where Super Six 1 picks up Hoot off the beach, the Hawk lands and we see the shadow of the rotors inside the cockpit. However when we look forward into the cockpit, these rotor shadows are not there. (00:12:00)

Correction: I just watched this scene 4 times and the mistake is not there.

Ssiscool Premium member

Corrected entry: When General Garrison is watching what's happening on the screens back at the JOC, they are in black and white; yet in the real event it states that he was watching it all on a colour screen.

Correction: It is colour screens, but the colour is subtle.

Ssiscool Premium member

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.

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.

Correction: As an experienced operator with the M203 grenade launcher, its very rare to need to put the sight up. I used to just use the M16's rifle sight. Under 100m that's all you need anyway.


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: 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.

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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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: Why did the film makers portray Sgt. Eversmann as the main character/hero of the story? I've read the book and his involvement was minimal.

Answer: The answer to this question is quite simple. Whenever any book is put on to the screen things must be glorified in order to catch the eye of a film goer. In movies like this one, heroes, brave men, and down right bad ass characters are what people need to see. If the movie was just like the book, there would be just a whole bunch of equally important characters, which is something very rarely seen in movies. So in short they made sgt Eversmann a main character simply because the movie needed one.

That makes sense but does anyone know why Eversmann was the specific soldier chosen as the focus for the movie?

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