History Film / BlackHawkDown

8th Jan '18 12:28:07 PM k410ren
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* BoomHeadshot: Gordon is killed when a militiaman sprays his rifle into the cockpit, with one bullet catching him in the head.



* CompositeCharacter: Several characters, but most prominently Eversman, who was actually part of the "lost convoy" in real life. A number of the Delta operators are composites as well.

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* CompositeCharacter: Several characters, but most prominently Eversman, Eversmann, who was actually part of the "lost convoy" in real life. A number of the Delta operators are composites as well.



** According to the book, Shughart's use of the clumsy but powerful M14 is TruthInTelevision. The other operators would apparently tease him for insisting on it. Later on, while seething about his ammunition[[note]]high-velocity armor piercing rounds that passed right through his unarmored targets causing minimal damage that could be shrugged off by fighters hopped up on khat[[/note]] (and everything else), SFC Howe would decide that Shughart was the smartest guy in the unit[[note]]the heavier round fired from the [=M14=] caused devastating wounds that couldn't be shrugged off[[/note]].

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** According to the book, Shughart's use of the clumsy but powerful M14 is TruthInTelevision. The other operators would apparently tease him for insisting on it. Later on, while seething about his ammunition[[note]]high-velocity armor piercing rounds that passed right through his unarmored targets causing minimal damage that could be shrugged off by fighters hopped up on khat[[/note]] (and everything else), SFC Howe would decide that Shughart was the smartest guy in the unit[[note]]the heavier round fired from the [=M14=] (7.62mm x51mm) caused devastating wounds that couldn't be shrugged off[[/note]].



* DeathOfAThousandCuts: At the end of his LastStand, Shughart is shot several times in the arms and back, before getting shot 11 times in the chest at point-blank range.



* DontMakeMeDestroyYou: When Specialist Mike Kurth sees a woman about to pick up a gun. He yells for her not to do it...and unhesitatingly shreds her when she [[TooDumbToLive does]].

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* DontMakeMeDestroyYou: When Specialist Mike Kurth sees a woman about to pick up a gun. He yells for her not to do it...and Struecker unhesitatingly shreds her when she [[TooDumbToLive does]].



* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Kowalewski is killed when he is shot with an [=RPG=], which passes partway out the other side of his body without blowing up.



-->'''Lt. Col. Mc Knight''': ''How are things going? Things okay there, Struecker?''

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-->'''Lt. Col. Mc Knight''': [=McKnight=]''': ''How are things going? Things okay there, Struecker?''



** Before they leave on the mission, Eversmann tells Smith he needs him to watch his back out there, Smith replies with "It's nothing." [[spoiler: When Smith is about to bleed to death during the battle later on, he assures Eversmann with the same phrase.]]

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** Before they leave on the mission, Eversmann tells Smith he needs him to watch his back out there, Smith replies with "It's nothing." [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When Smith is about to bleed to death during the battle later on, he assures Eversmann with the same phrase.]]
22nd Dec '17 8:59:04 AM k410ren
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* ImpromptuTracheotomy: Sgt. Dominick Pilla becomes the first casualty when he gets shot in the throat while manning a Humvee turret.



* OhCrap: The look on the Aidid militia officer's face when he realizes [[spoiler: Delta has commandeered his recoilless rifle and are pointing it at him.]]

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* OhCrap: The look on the Aidid militia officer's face when he realizes [[spoiler: Delta [[spoiler:Delta has commandeered his recoilless rifle and are pointing it at him.]]


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* ThousandYardStare: Durant when Randy is killed.


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* WeaponOfChoice: An [=M14=] battle rifle for Randy Shughart.
18th Dec '17 6:40:11 AM k410ren
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** [[spoiler:”Randy,]] last mag! [[spoiler:Gary Gordon]]
** [[spoiler:”Gordy’s]] gone, man. I’ll be outside. Good luck. [[spoiler:Randy Shughart]]

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** [[spoiler:”Randy,]] last mag! mag!” [[spoiler:Gary Gordon]]
** [[spoiler:”Gordy’s]] gone, man. I’ll be outside. Good luck. [[spoiler:Randy Shughart]]
18th Dec '17 6:39:45 AM k410ren
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* FamousLastWords:
** [[spoiler:”Randy,]] last mag! [[spoiler:Gary Gordon]]
** [[spoiler:”Gordy’s]] gone, man. I’ll be outside. Good luck. [[spoiler:Randy Shughart]]



* HeroicSacrifice: The two Delta operators that go to help Durant take him from the chopper and place him in a nearby building, then go back to defend the chopper. This doesn't make much sense until you realize they didn't have enough men to guard the building. They were drawing the militia fighters away from Durant by using themselves as bait. However, it does ''almost'' end up becoming a SenselessSacrifice, considering Durant got captured by the Somali militia anyway. Almost, in that they thinned out the armed crowd and it ended up mainly being unarmed Somalis who beat on Durant. He was then spared by the lieutenant who decided to take him as a hostage. He was also helped by not being armed at the time of his abduction.

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* HeroicSacrifice: The Gary Gordon and Randy Shughart, the two Delta operators that go to help Durant take him from the chopper and place him in a nearby building, then go back to defend the chopper. This doesn't make much sense until you realize they didn't have enough men to guard the building. They were drawing the militia fighters away from Durant by using themselves as bait. However, it does ''almost'' end up becoming a SenselessSacrifice, considering Durant got captured by the Somali militia anyway. Almost, in that they thinned out the armed crowd and it ended up mainly being unarmed Somalis who beat on Durant. He was then spared by the lieutenant who decided to take him as a hostage. He was also helped by not being armed at the time of his abduction.
20th Nov '17 12:29:13 AM Linda58
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** Of particular note, ''Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare'' features two levels highly reminiscent of the film: in one, the player and his fellow US Marines are deployed via Blackhawk helicopters (despite the Blackhawk not being part of the Marine's TO&E), and another, where the player must rescue a downed helicopter pilot from an enraged militia group; for bonus points she's even armed with an [=MP5=] and [Spoiler This also ends in a heroic sacrifice for everyone.]

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** Of particular note, ''Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare'' features two levels highly reminiscent of the film: in one, the player and his fellow US Marines are deployed via Blackhawk helicopters (despite the Blackhawk not being part of the Marine's TO&E), and another, where the player must rescue a downed helicopter pilot from an enraged militia group; for bonus points there's a similar line ("We have a Cobra down, we have a Cobra down"), she's even armed with an [=MP5=] [=MP5=], and [Spoiler This [[spoiler: this also ends in a heroic sacrifice SenselessSacrifice for everyone.]]]
31st Oct '17 12:46:09 PM Piterpicher
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** Of particular note, ''Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare'' features two levels highly reminiscent of the film: in one, the player and his fellow US Marines are deployed via Blackhawk helicopters (despite the Blackhawk not being part of the Marine's TO&E), and another, where the player must rescue a downed helicopter pilot from an enraged militia group; for bonus points she's even armed with an MP5 and [Spoiler This also ends in a heroic sacrifice for everyone.]

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** Of particular note, ''Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare'' features two levels highly reminiscent of the film: in one, the player and his fellow US Marines are deployed via Blackhawk helicopters (despite the Blackhawk not being part of the Marine's TO&E), and another, where the player must rescue a downed helicopter pilot from an enraged militia group; for bonus points she's even armed with an MP5 [=MP5=] and [Spoiler This also ends in a heroic sacrifice for everyone.]
13th Oct '17 3:11:14 AM TrollBrutal
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* ExecutiveMeddling
** InUniverse: Task Force Ranger's mission in Somalia was poorly defined other than "get rid of Aidid." Operational plans had to be approved by cabinet members in Washington (with little to no military experience and a very incomplete picture of the situation in Mogadishu), who would insist on changes that were often unrealistic and counterproductive. Aidid easily avoided capture by moving around to take advantage of this lag time (which varied from hours to days)--by the time an assault was authorized, he was already gone. The Task Force's morale dropped, taking discipline with it, while the local Somalis grew increasingly tired and resentful of the American presence. TruthInTelevision, unfortunately.
** {{Real Life}}: Several scenes were cut from the shooting script at the insistence of the Pentagon. According to actor Brendan Sexton III, these scenes brought up hard questions about U.S. involvement in Somalia and created much more palpable sense of GreyAndGrayMorality about the film's central conflict.
12th Oct '17 5:15:35 PM MatthewRenn
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* ExecutiveMeddling--InUniverse: Task Force Ranger's mission in Somalia was poorly defined other than "get rid of Aidid." Operational plans had to be approved by cabinet members in Washington (with little to no military experience and a very incomplete picture of the situation in Mogadishu), who would insist on changes that were often unrealistic and counterproductive. Aidid easily avoided capture by moving around to take advantage of this lag time (which varied from hours to days)--by the time an assault was authorized, he was already gone. The Task Force's morale dropped, taking discipline with it, while the local Somalis grew increasingly tired and resentful of the American presence. TruthInTelevision, unfortunately.

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* ExecutiveMeddling--InUniverse: ExecutiveMeddling
** InUniverse:
Task Force Ranger's mission in Somalia was poorly defined other than "get rid of Aidid." Operational plans had to be approved by cabinet members in Washington (with little to no military experience and a very incomplete picture of the situation in Mogadishu), who would insist on changes that were often unrealistic and counterproductive. Aidid easily avoided capture by moving around to take advantage of this lag time (which varied from hours to days)--by the time an assault was authorized, he was already gone. The Task Force's morale dropped, taking discipline with it, while the local Somalis grew increasingly tired and resentful of the American presence. TruthInTelevision, unfortunately. unfortunately.
** {{Real Life}}: Several scenes were cut from the shooting script at the insistence of the Pentagon. According to actor Brendan Sexton III, these scenes brought up hard questions about U.S. involvement in Somalia and created much more palpable sense of GreyAndGrayMorality about the film's central conflict.
5th Oct '17 11:35:24 AM k410ren
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* DramaticGuncock: A Delta operator racks the charging handle on the [[{{BFG}} Ma Deuce]] after he takes the place of the Ranger who was just killed. A JustifiedTrope; US Soldiers are trained to cycle the weapon once when replacing a dead or wounded gunner to ensure the weapon is still functional and in a ready-to-fire state, making it less dramatic and more TruthInTelevision.

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* DramaticGuncock: DramaticGunCock: A Delta operator racks the charging handle on the [[{{BFG}} Ma Deuce]] after he takes the place of the Ranger who was just killed. A JustifiedTrope; US Soldiers are trained to cycle the weapon once when replacing a dead or wounded gunner to ensure the weapon is still functional and in a ready-to-fire state, making it less dramatic and more TruthInTelevision.



* FatalFamilyPhoto: Mike Durant, who survives the conflict as a Somali hostage.

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* FatalFamilyPhoto: Subverted with Mike Durant, who survives the conflict as a Somali hostage.



* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: For a two hour long movie.

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: For a two two-and-a-half hour long movie.


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* NoRangeLikePointBlankRange: Randy Shughart is finally killed when he receives 12 pistol rounds to the chest at two feet away.
30th Sep '17 3:07:29 PM darrenr
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* HeadlockOfDominance: After catching Pilla performing his [[BriefAccentImmitation comical immitation of him]], and acknowledging that it was ActuallyPrettyFunny, Captain Steele asks to have a word, before putting Pilla into a headlock and walking off with him in tow.

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* HeadlockOfDominance: After catching Pilla performing his [[BriefAccentImmitation [[BriefAccentImitation comical immitation imitation of him]], and acknowledging that it was ActuallyPrettyFunny, Captain Steele asks to have a word, before putting Pilla into a headlock and walking off with him in tow.
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