Basic

Basic (2003)

Plot summary

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During a Army Ranger exercise, the legendary Colonel West (Samuel L. Jackson) is shot and killed. Was it intentional? was it an accident? There are only two witnesses left alive. One is being held at an army base and the other is in the hospital. Why is the one at the base refusing to talk? He says he will only talk to a Ranger... so they call upon Hardy (John Travolta), a former Ranger who is now a DEA agent. He and Osborne (Connie Nielsen) talk to the witnesses... their versions of what happened during the exercise are different. Who's telling the truth? Who's lying?

Factual error: When the Ranger trainees first meet Samuel L. Jackson, he's wearing the rank of a Specialist on his collars even though he's a Master Sergeant. Title 18, Chapter 33 of the US code prevents the unauthorized wear of a military uniform (among other things), however this does not automatically correct the mistake since a common misconception is that one slight alteration is sufficient to make the uniform legal. Having the wrong rank on is too obvious of an alteration, especially for anybody who has spent more than a day in or around the Army and would still be punishable by law, if he was dressed in an attempt to fool your average citizen outside of a movie.

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Styles: Osbourne's the closest thing we have to an in-house investigator.
Hardy: And here you are going out of house... now, how does that make you feel, Jules?
Osbourne: Hostile and uncooperative, sir.
Hardy: Fantastic.

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Question: Why did the REAL Pike pick Kapler up and take him out? Was it a plan of Section 8 or what?

Answer: It added to the plan of section 8, in that they were successfully able to stage two contradicting stories and source further incriminating evidence about the doctor and Colonel. By having Kapler there, they were able to see who would make an attempt on his life, the Colonel, and completely shut down the drug smuggling operation.

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