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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Corrected entry: Almost every member of Chalk 4 in the movie were actually from the different chalks.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Corrected entry: There were actually 19 aircraft involved in the raid, but there were only 8 were used in the film.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Corrected entry: Most of the actions attributed to SSG Matt Eversman in the movie were actually conducted by 1LTs Larry Perino and Tom DiTomasso.
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.
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'.
Corrected entry: Helo pilots are on the right side of the aircraft and copilots on the left. This is shown wrong in the movie.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).