Although it was received positively by critics, the film was strongly criticized by a number of groups and military officials. In 2009, an black hawk down movie script pdf cut of the film was released on DVD. The cut contained an additional 8 minutes of footage increasing the running time to 152 minutes. Mogadishu to capture Aidid, who has proclaimed himself president of the country.
To consolidate his power and subdue the population in the south, Aidid and his militia seize Red Cross food shipments, while the UN forces are powerless to intervene directly. A mission is planned to capture Omar Salad Elmi and Abdi Hassan Awale Qeybdiid, two of Aidid’s top advisers. PFC Todd Blackburn and a desk clerk, SPC Grimes, going on his first mission. The operation begins and Delta Force operators capture Aidid’s advisers inside the target building. The Rangers and helicopters escorting the ground-extraction convoy take heavy fire, while Eversmann’s Chalk Four is dropped a block away by mistake.
CWO Clifton “Elvis” Wolcott crashes when shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade. The ground forces are rerouted to converge on the crash site. RPG and crashes several blocks away. The site is eventually overrun, Gordon and Shughart are killed, and Durant is captured by Aidid’s militia before the angry mob of Somali civilians can kill him as well.
Malaysian and Pakistani armored units from the UN coalition. 10th Mountain Division’s relief column is able to reach and save the American soldiers. Pakistani Compound UN Safe Zone. Josh Hartnett and Eric Bana’s concluding speeches.
Ken Nolan was on set for four months rewriting his script and the previous work by Gaghan, Zaillian, and Bowden. The book relied on a dramatization of participant accounts, which were the basis of the movie. SPC John Stebbins was renamed as fictional “John Grimes. Stebbins had been convicted by court martial in 1999 for sexually assaulting his daughter.
Mark Bowden said the Pentagon, ever sensitive about public image decided to alter factual history by requesting the change. Bowden wrote early screenplay drafts, before Bruckheimer gave it to screenwriter Nolan. Mike Durant and militiaman Firimbi, is from a Bowden script draft. On the last day of their week-long Army Ranger orientation at Fort Benning, the actors who portrayed the Rangers received letters slipped under their doors. It thanked them for their hard work, and asked them to “tell our story true”, signed with the names of the men who died in the Mogadishu firefight. John Collette, a Ranger Specialist during the battle, served as a stunt performer.