BLACK HAWK DOWN
2001, Sony Repertory, 143 min, USA, Dir: Ridley Scott

This true story of the Battle of Mogadishu, the longest sustained ground battle involving American soldiers since the Vietnam War, earned Oscars for Best Editing and Sound. An elite force of 120 American Delta units and Ranger infantry were dropped into Mogadishu on October 3, 1993, to abduct two lieutenants of the Somalian warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. Instead, two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters were shot down, resulting in a 15-hour battle that left 19 Americans and hundreds of Somalis dead. With Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor and Tom Sizemore.


THE ROCK
1996, Buena Vista, 136 min, USA, Dir: Michael Bay

FBI chemical weapons specialist Nicolas Cage and ex-convict Sean Connery (the only man to successfully escape from Alcatraz, aka "The Rock"), are enlisted to break into the former prison when a disgruntled U.S. general (Ed Harris) goes over the edge, seizing the island with his elite commandos and threatening to attack San Francisco if his demands aren’t met. Bruckheimer’s first film after splitting with partner Don Simpson, THE ROCK is a mega-octane action machine, delivered with characteristic skill and humor by director Michael Bay and acted by a superb cast including Cage, Connery, David Morse, Michael Biehn and William Forsythe.


12 YEARS A SLAVE
2013, Fox Searchlight, 133 min, USA, Dir: Steve McQueen

Based on the 1853 autobiography of a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, this exciting historical drama stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, whose struggle to regain his liberty is thwarted by pitiless plantation owner Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) and aided by Canadian carpenter Samuel Bass (Brad Pitt). Costarring Alfre Woodard and Paul Giamatti.


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