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Black Hawk Down 7.45pm beIN Movies Action 2
A GRITTY action movie about a real life American military disaster in Somalia in October 1993. A surprise raid by helicopter troops was made on a meeting of a warlord’s top lieutenants. The guys expected to be back in base for supper, but it all went wrong.
Somali rockets downed two black hawk helicopters and the soldiers were cut off and outnumbered. Ground support troops found it difficult to fight their way through to rescue them.
This acclaimed all-action drama by Brit director Ridley Scott in 2001 concentrates on the stark reality of their fight for survival.
For the record 18 Americans were killed and 70 wounded. Within days President Clinton pulled US troops out of Somalia. A shame because their purpose was to stop food supplies being hijacked by the warlords and an estimated 300,000 Somalis died in the famine of those days.
Somalia became a refuge for hijackers and kidnappers.
Critic Roger Ebert gave an American perspective: “Films like this are more useful than gung-ho capers. They help audiences understand and sympathize with the actual experiences of combat troops, instead of trivializing them into entertainments.”
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