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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.”

2005 thriller. Mu­sic pro­ducer John Tra­volta tries to make a star of Christina Mil­ian, de­spite Har­vey Kei­tel and the Rus­sian mafia. 4.10pm beIN Movies Com­edy

Dark­est Hour.

2017 Os­car-win­ning biopic. The life story of Win­ston Churchill soon af­ter be­com­ing Prime Min­is­ter in 1940. With Gary Old­man and Lily James. 5.25pm beIN Movies Pre­mier 2

Robo­Cop.

1987 sci-fi. A badly wounded cop is given me­chan­i­cal parts and fights crime. With Pe­ter Weller and Nancy Allen. 5.50pm beIN Movies Ac­tion 2

King­pin.

1996 com­edy. Ex-bowl­ing cham­pion Woody Har­rel­son uses rookie Randy Quaid to get even with old ri­val Bill Mur­ray. 6.15pm beIN Movies Com­edy

The Cam­paign.

2012 com­edy. Dy­lan McDer­mott is hired to help Zach Gal­i­fi­anakis run against Se­na­tor Will Fer­rell. 8.15pm beIN Movies Com­edy

The Rite.

2011 su­per­nat­u­ral thriller. Amer­i­can stu­dent Colin O’Donoghue goes to Rome to be­come an ex­or­cist. With An­thony Hop­kins. 8.30pm beIN Movies Ac­tion

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