On this Day in Film History: Black Hawk Down (2001)

This day in film history saw the worldwide release of Black Hawk Down, an American-British war film directed by Ridley Scott. The film chronicles the events of a 1993 raid in Mogadishu (the capital of Somalia) and the battle that followed immediately after.


Credit to Vox and Associates

The film featured an ensemble cast, including: Josh Hartnett, Eric Bana, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, William Fichtner, Jason Isaacs, and Sam Shepard. The film ultimately won two Oscars for Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing.

The score for this polarizing film (it was mostly praised by American film critics, but criticized by a number of foreign groups), was composed by Hans Zimmer and assembled in collaboration with Martin Tillmann, Craig Eastman, Heitor Pereira and Mel Wesson in a matter of weeks. It is unusual (but not completely uncommon) for a score to be turned out this quickly. For the film Troy in 2005, the late James Horner also completed his score in a matter of weeks.

Hans Zimmer considered the score to be very experimental and he expressed concern that there would not be enough music that the audience would be able to enjoy if the soundtrack were to be released on CD.

You may judge the quality for yourself by listening to a few selections from the soundtrack below:

“Hunger” from Black Hawk Down

“Vale of Plenty” from Black Hawk Down

“Leave No Man Behind” from Black Hawk Down

If Zimmer’s work intrigued you, feel free to leave some comments talking about it. Until next time!-Bex

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