Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down (2001)

66 corrected entries

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: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Core_ (Stone_Temple_Pilots_album).

Serious B

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.

willis

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.

willis

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.

Papaporkchop

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: The Somali on the cell phone phoning the militia was not possible. US army intelligence was jamming all non US radio and cell phone signals. This information is taken from the "Blackhawk Down" book.

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Correction: Several journalists were captured and killed in the city prior to the events depicted in the film. It's likely their phones were taken.

Jason Hoffman

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.

batman88

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

Gavin Jackson

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.

willis

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 jugular 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.

Jason Hoffman

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.

Jason Hoffman

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.

xx:xx:xx

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: When Durant is in the small room he is shooting through the holes in the walls at attackers. Even though the bricks making up the wall are large, none of them are ever hit by a bullet.

Correction: How is that a mistake? Surrant was firing through the wall. The attackers might not know where it is coming from so not fire at that wall. Hence, no bullet marks.

A Demon

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.

xx:xx:xx

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

A Demon

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.

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jaws65

Correction: No window can be seen.

A Demon

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.

xx:xx:xx

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

A Demon

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.

A Demon

Corrected entry: Almost every member of Chalk 4 in the movie were actually from the different chalks.

Correction: How is that a mistake?

A Demon

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

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.

xx:xx:xx

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.

killin_kellit

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

Jon Sandys

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.

killin_kellit

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

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=http://www.nightstalkers.com/tfranger/memorial/pilla/default.html]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.

RJR99SS

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.

xx:xx:xx

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.

xx:xx:xx

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.

xx:xx:xx

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.

Corrected entry: Near the beginning, where the helicopter picks up a guy with a bike from a sandy area, as it lands, a lot of sand is thrown up. When you see the shot from the inside if the helicopter of the guy with the bike, you can hear the helicopter is still running but no sand is thrown up behind him.

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Correction: The lack of sand flying around (the pickup on the beach of Hoot) is due to changing the pitch (angle of attack) of the rotor blade on the MH-60. When the aircraft is coming in the rotor still must provide lift for a smooth landing, once on the ground there is no need for lift until ready to take off. The pilot simply changed the pitch of the rotor to zero while Hoot loaded, hence, no blowing sand.

Corrected entry: In the first major ambush of the bad guys' meeting, a black hawk helicopter is hovering. We see the ropes dropped before Josh Harnett shouts "ropes down" and then they are dropped again.

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Amie

Correction: It is not the same helicopter, there are 4 Black Hawks with Rangers inside.

Corrected entry: Throughout the film, NCOs are referred to as 'Sir' (more obvious when subtitles are on), but only officers in the army are called 'Sir'. NCOs are referred to as 'Sergeant' up to 'Sergeant Major', never 'Sir'.

Correction: They are saying "Sarn't" which is a shortened way of saying "Sergeant," even though the captions say "Sir" some of the time.

Corrected entry: Helo pilots are on the right side of the aircraft and copilots on the left. This is shown wrong in the movie.

Correction: In modernized US Army helicopters, both crew stations are identical. Two qualified and current pilots are required to fly the aircraft. The pilot in command may sit in either the right or left seat.

Corrected entry: When some of the soldiers are firing their M-16s, they don't seem to produce any recoil. M-16s do have low-to-moderate recoil. This happens multiple times throughout the movie.

Correction: Good soldiers eventually develop a strong grip for their weapons, especially the small caliber, low-recoil M-16. Remember, the 5.56mm round it fires is equal to .22 caliber. It's all about firmly gripping the handle and barrel guard and planting the buttstock rigidly into your shoulder to reduce the effects of recoil.

Corrected entry: When Durant's Blackhawk went down there is only one crew chief, but there were actually two. Also, everyone on board the crash survived the fall, but were later killed when the Somali militia came except for Durant.

Correction: There were four men on Durant's Super-64, but three are shown (a crew chief and a brief shot of the co-pilot). This was apparently done for pacing reasons and to not clog up the screen.

Corrected entry: During the scene towards the beginning of the film when the rangers are taking target practice you see one guy take out his pistol and start walking up to his target firing at it. Apparently this guy has a death wish because if you look behind him you see the rest of the rangers continue to fire their rifles away while this idiot is walking right into the path of bullets.

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Correction: The Delta soldier in question must be able to trust his companions to fire next to/over him - if he can't do that on the firing range, he definitely can't do it in combat. He is walking a straight line down his firing lane towards his targets. The other soldiers are firing beside him. He isn't walking into the path of bullets.

Corrected entry: Sgt Everman's chalk four, which in the movie made it to the first crash site, never even got there that night. They initially moved out on foot, then got picked up by the "Lost Convoy" and got stuck on it. They went back to the base and moved out to rescue everyone. Big oops on the producer/director's part.

Correction: Sgt. Eversman got Blackburn stabilized and evacuated within minutes after they were on the ground, and then he proceeded right to the crash site on foot. He said they were racing Somalis to the site, much like in the movie.

Corrected entry: Hoots delta team has 4 members but later there are only 3.

Correction: The fourth Delta operator was probably killed offscreen some in between. If so, it would presumably be Earl Filmore, as he is the only Delta operator killed that day whose death is not shown onscreen.

Corrected entry: When the officers want some soldiers to rescue the crew of the fallen helicopter, there is one who takes a puff of asthma medication. You can't go in the army if you are asthmatic.

Dr Wilson

Correction: If you have read the Black Hawk Down book then you would know that a single Ranger was allowed to, even with asthma. You can go through BCT (Basic Combat Training) with Asthma and an inhaler. You can also go through Boot Camp with Asthma, but Boot Camp is for Marines, not ground pounders in the Army. All branches take Asthma sufferers, it just depends on their level of Asthma. My dad had Asthma and went Ranger in December 1970 and I have Asthma while going into the pipeline for AFSOC (CCT).

Corrected entry: Blackburn did not fall from the rope by an RPG almost hitting the Blackhawk helicopter. In actuality he just missed the rope period.

Correction: The pilot tilted the blackhawk for no apparent reason other than that he could not see anything and it was very chaotic. I heard Sgt Eversmann speak this evening and he specifically mentioned that there was no RPG that he saw, but the pilot did bank the heli. That caused Blackburn to fall, as Blackburn was probably 5-10 feet down the rope at that point.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the ODA-D sergeant is cut in half and thrown from the 5-Ton Truck, it first shows one soldier grabbing his shoulders to pick him up. It then cuts away to show two soldiers, one on each side of the sergeant, moving him to a vehicle.

Correction: McKnight calls two soldiers over before the Sergeant is picked up. The soldiers are standing to either side of the body. In the closeup of his face where two hands are seen on his shoulders, one hand is from each person carrying him.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the soldiers fail to tie the artery in the dying soldier's leg, they then perform CPR. Not only do they forget to tilt the dead soldier's head back but when he starts doing compressions he presses on the lower ribs. This really needs to done firmly and directly over the heart to work.

xx:xx:xx

Correction: Actually, the film is pretty much correct. Having done this with the Coastguard, the correct procedure is to place both hands, knitted together, just below the end of the breastbone. However, what the film does get wrong is the amount of compressions the medic does. He only does a few, then breathes into Smith. It should be 15 compressions to 2 breaths.

Corrected entry: Ewan McGregor pours bottled water to make coffee and the label on the water is "Me Eden" water, which is a company exclusively in Israel. This movie is supposed to take place in Somalia.

Correction: And was filmed in Morocco. If Ewan McGregor in Morocco could get a bottle of Me Eden, it's not inconceivable that his character in Somalia could, too.

Kaite13

Corrected entry: In the scene where the two snipers are defending Durant's downed Black Hawk, both of them get shot up pretty badly, especially the second one, yet in the next scene viewed from overhead one has been stripped and there is no mark on him.

Correction: The body is Durant's co-pilot that died in the crash, not the Delta sniper.

Corrected entry: The injured pilot (Durant) is in the small room looking at the picture of his family and when the angry mob of Somalis start attacking him he is wearing a pair of gloves. Later in the scene you can see his hands - the gloves have disappeared.

Correction: Like the snipers the Somali's were taking his clothes and equipment you even see them grabbing that hand explaining the missing glove, hence no mistake.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Yurek, Nelson and Twombley are meeting up with chalk 4 you can see Yurek running and no one is shooting at him but you can see the pyros going off at his feet as if there were someone shooting.

Correction: Those weren't pyros, but dirt splashes from the debris lifted from the soldier run.

Corrected entry: When the Humvees are driving through the Market of Bakara, there is a sign above a building which says, "Olympic." Why would an English sign be placed in a country where no English is spoken at all?

Correction: The Olympic hotel does exists in Mogadishu, it is not an mistake. It is near the target building and Mike Durant's crash site.

Corrected entry: When Blackbird falls from the helicopter, Josh Hartnett goes down the rope. You see another soldier immediately grab the rope and start to descend too. However when Hartnett hits the ground, the soldier is nowhere to be seen.

xx:xx:xx

Correction: As Josh was going down the rope, there are other men in the chopper and one was only holding onto the rope as Josh was descending, but he was not descending himself.

Corrected entry: As the American soldiers run away from Mogadishu, one fires an automatic weapon that side loads a belt of bullets into the breech. The gun shakes as he shoots, and there are muzzle flashes, but the belt of bullets doesn't move.

xx:xx:xx

Correction: The M249 SAW that he is firing does have a belt of bullets that move, but because of the rate of fire they are blurred.

Corrected entry: When the 2 Delta snipers are defending the 2nd downed Black Hawks, the Delta snipers, Gary Gordan carries a camo-painted M4, and Randy Shughart carries a Vietnam M14 right? When Gary Gordan fires, and then reports "reloading" for the 1st time, it changes to one guy holding a black M16 firing at the crowd. Who is that? Neither one of the Delta snipers carry a black full-size M16.

Correction: A Black Hawk carries small arms on board which include M-16's. Shugart and Gordon utilized all the weapons they could gather to the end. When it got down to only one Delta left he was finally killed after using up all available ammunition despite what was shown in the movie.

Corrected entry: In many parts of the movie, you see the APCs getting constantly riddled with bullets by Somalian rebels. However, in certain camera shots were you see the APCs rumbling back and forth from the base, they are completely free of bullet dents.

Correction: APCs are so well armored that when hit by bullets, virtually no mark is made.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the informant parks his car outside the correct building and raises the hood to check the steam etc, an OH-6 Little Bird can be seen in the background. At this point in the movie, the only aircraft over Mog would have been the C2 Black Hawk and the P-3 Orion (not actually shown in the movie). The attacking Black Hawks, MH-6s and OH-6s have not yet taken off.

Correction: Over Mogidishu three helicopters that almost look identical to AH-6 Little Birds, except for the camera equipment, flew surveillance along with the Orion.

Corrected entry: In one scene two helicopters fly over troops on the ground. The helicopters are OH-58 Kiowas (Jet Rangers) not UH-60/MH-60 Blackhawks or OH-6/AH-6/MH-6 Cayuses (Little Birds or Loaches).

Correction: There were OH-58 Kiowas over the battle that day, serving as observation helicopters (their role on the battlefield), and reporting back to the commanders in the JOC.

Corrected entry: On the Delta Force uniform right sleeve is sewn an American flag. Frequently throughout the fighting some uniforms have the flag sewn on backwards (with the blue field and stars on the right). Either the costumer had non-Americans sew the uniform insignia without correct instructions; or, it is some kind of statement by the film maker. This would never happen on regulation uniforms.

Correction: The flag decals have the union (the blue area with the stars) on the side closer to the front of the plane/car/person. On the left, the decal shows the flag with the union at the left, as usual. On the right side, the union is on the right. This is done so that the flag looks as if it is blowing in the wind created by forward movement. There are two separate flag patches in the Army inventory: the normal U.S. flag replica that is worn on the left sleeve, and what is referred to as the "reversed field" flag patch, which is worn on the right sleeve.

Corrected entry: After Blackburn fell from the chopper, Matt quickly puts on his goggles to prepare to rope down. You can see he wore gloves on both hands. After Matt roped down, he attended to Blackburn. Watch his right hand placed on Blackburn's chest - he's not wearing his glove.

Correction: This mistake is just a result of poor examining of the movie. Matt ropes down and attends Blackburn. He is still wearing both gloves. Then we see the chopper leaving, then we see Matt again, now with only one glove. He had plenty of time to remove it for being able to examine Blackburn. You can't feel a pulse through a leather glove.

Corrected entry: The American soldiers are wearing a curious mix of uniforms. The uniforms are the newer set of desert camouflage called DCUs, yet their helmet covers are of the older 'chocolate chip' pattern.

Correction: The "chocolate chip," or six-color desert camouflage, was used in the Persian Gulf war, which was before the incident in Somalia. The three-color they wear in Somalia was the newer, updated color. It's not out of the question that some of them were still wearing the six-color helmet cover on their PAGST's.

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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.

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