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#4582720 - 10/16/21 04:43 PM Black Hawk Down  
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Just re-watched this film today, saw it when it came out and loved it. But it is in some ways a hard film to watch after reading the book.

The book really connects you to the soldiers/heroes. The film almost cheapens the loss, though I find it hard to relay why. It's an amazing film still, but one I will not watch again anytime soon.

Not many films do that. Name a film that you watch and like but do not want to see again. I cannot think of many.

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#4582726 - 10/16/21 05:27 PM Re: Black Hawk Down [Re: RossUK]  
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I don't know if it has been surpassed since then, but I recall seeing this movie when it came out and I declared it the most gunfire ever seen in a single film.

I'll nominate Showgirls for the question. I liked watching it but never want to see it again biggrin


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#4582746 - 10/16/21 10:21 PM Re: Black Hawk Down [Re: RossUK]  
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The film is really outstanding and one of Ridley Scott's best. Hard to believe that movie came out 20 years ago. I have not read the book so I can't comment on that.


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#4582747 - 10/16/21 10:41 PM Re: Black Hawk Down [Re: RossUK]  
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#4582748 - 10/16/21 10:55 PM Re: Black Hawk Down [Re: RossUK]  
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IMHO, the book Unbroken was much better than the movie. Absolutely gut wrenching tale of human perseverance. My wife bought it for me when I first got sick. It really inspired when things got tough. I figured, if this guy can make it through that, I can make make it through being sick.


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#4582750 - 10/16/21 11:01 PM Re: Black Hawk Down [Re: RossUK]  
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I agree about the book. As a matter of fact it really resonated with me. I have known of all the cruelty shown prisoners and POWs, but Unbroken made it hit me on a level that has stuck with me. I have a whole new appreciation for food. When I’m trimming meat and things I will think of how prisoners would have cried to have what I was cutting. It really hits me when I throw anything away for any reason again thinking of how those prisoners would have cried for what I was throwing away. I look at portions and think how if what I was eating could have been shared by 10 prisoners they would have been filled with gratitude and how it could have saved their lives.


It haunts me.


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#4582751 - 10/16/21 11:18 PM Re: Black Hawk Down [Re: RossUK]  
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Starvation is one of the cruelest forms of torture. We in the West have no idea of what just hunger is. We speak of poverty, and some do go hungry from time to time. The physical and mental pain that comes with starvation is something that almost no can imagine.


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#4582772 - 10/17/21 01:50 PM Re: Black Hawk Down [Re: RossUK]  
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I forgot to mention that I was quite impressed with all the UK actors in the film who did very convincing American accents: Jason Isaacs, Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Eric Bana and Ewen Bremner.

Correction: Eric Bana is Australian but his American accent was still convincing. wink

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#4582775 - 10/17/21 02:34 PM Re: Black Hawk Down [Re: RossUK]  
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#4582806 - 10/17/21 11:59 PM Re: Black Hawk Down [Re: RossUK]  
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#4582807 - 10/18/21 12:02 AM Re: Black Hawk Down [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Originally Posted by PanzerMeyer
I forgot to mention that I was quite impressed with all the UK actors in the film who did very convincing American accents: Jason Isaacs, Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Eric Bana and Ewen Bremner.

Correction: Eric Bana is Australian but his American accent was still convincing. wink

I've read that British and Australian actors often find the Southern accents of the US easier to do than the "normal" US accent.


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#4582809 - 10/18/21 12:30 AM Re: Black Hawk Down [Re: RossUK]  
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Originally Posted by RossUK
Just re-watched this film today, saw it when it came out and loved it. But it is in some ways a hard film to watch after reading the book.

The book really connects you to the soldiers/heroes. The film almost cheapens the loss, though I find it hard to relay why. It's an amazing film still, but one I will not watch again anytime soon.

Not many films do that. Name a film that you watch and like but do not want to see again. I cannot think of many.

The book was more horrific.

Movie I liked, but don't want to see again, The Deer Hunter. Depressing.


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#4582812 - 10/18/21 01:40 AM Re: Black Hawk Down [Re: RossUK]  
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Yeah I’m pretty sure not too many people went to go see “The Deer Hunter” on their first date. Lol.

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#4582815 - 10/18/21 02:18 AM Re: Black Hawk Down [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Originally Posted by PanzerMeyer
Yeah I’m pretty sure not too many people went to go see “The Deer Hunter” on their first date. Lol.


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#4582907 - 10/19/21 01:25 AM Re: Black Hawk Down [Re: RossUK]  
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#4582908 - 10/19/21 01:49 AM Re: Black Hawk Down [Re: oldgrognard]  
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#4582958 - 10/19/21 03:46 PM Re: Black Hawk Down [Re: oldgrognard]  
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Come and See

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#4582974 - 10/19/21 05:13 PM Re: Black Hawk Down [Re: RossUK]  
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The Great Escape.

I must have seen it 13 times when I was a teen, never since.

This said, I don't think I re-watched any film in the last 10 years ,and I liked a few.

I probably could re-watch Top Gun, Midway, Tora Tora Tora, Dark Blue World and a few more.

#4582975 - 10/19/21 05:17 PM Re: Black Hawk Down [Re: RossUK]  
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I have to say that I've never seen a movie that I liked and found so depressing/dark that I couldn't watch it again. When I see great artistry and creativity in a film I always want to revisit it regardless of how dark the subject matter is.

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#4582998 - 10/19/21 08:45 PM Re: Black Hawk Down [Re: RossUK]  
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I went to see Saving Private Ryan in theaters when I was a teenager with some friends. We really enjoyed the movie. Several years later in my early 20's I got it on DVD and watched it again for the first time. The knife scene really disturbed me and I haven't watched it again since. Strange I don't even really remember that scene specifically from the first time I watched it as a teenager, and only a few years later it affected me so much I didn't want to watch it again...


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