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Basic (2003)

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A D.E.A. Agent investigates the disappearance of a legendary Army Ranger Drill Sergeant and several of his cadets during a training exercise gone severely awry.

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John McTiernan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Hardy
Connie Nielsen ... Osborne
Samuel L. Jackson ... West
Tim Daly ... Styles
Giovanni Ribisi ... Kendall
Brian Van Holt ... Dunbar
Taye Diggs ... Pike
Dash Mihok ... Mueller
Cristián de la Fuente ... Castro
Roselyn Sanchez ... Nunez
Harry Connick Jr. ... Vilmer
Georgia Hausserman Georgia Hausserman ... Pilot
Margaret Travolta ... Nurse #1
Dena Johnston Dena Johnston ... Nurse #2
Nick Loren ... Helicopter Pilot
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Storyline

Tom Hardy, an ex-Army Ranger turned DEA agent, is drawn into an ever-widening mystery surrounding the disappearance of the feared and often hated Sgt. Nathan West, as well as several of his elite Special Forces trainees on what appears, at first, to have been a routine training exercise during a hurricane in the jungles of Panama. Only two survivors are found, Dunbar, and a badly wounded Kendall, the son of a high-profile Joint Chiefs of Staff official. Neither is willing to cooperate with Capt. Julia Osborne's investigation. So base commander Col. Bill Styles calls in ex-Ranger Hardy, an old friend and a persuasive interrogator. Osborne disapproves of Hardy who is on leave from the D.E.A. after having come under suspicion of accepting bribes from local drug traffickers. She is also uneasy when she learns that Hardy once trained under West and hates him almost as passionately as his current recruits. With time running out, Hardy and Osborne call a temporary, if uneasy, truce. Hardy ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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In a Secret War Truth is the Enemy. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Giovanni Ribisi is a method actor, and stayed in character, and in bed, between every shot there. See more »

Goofs

When West throws Pike's backpack off the cliff and down into the jungle, a hand is briefly seen on a tree stem in the left of the picture just as the pack lands. See more »

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Osbourne: [narration] The French tried to build a canal here before the Americans. At the height of their effort, 500 workers were dyin' a week from malaria and yellow fever. They couldn't come up with cemetary space fast enough. Not to mention the morale problem all those crosses would have made. So they bought shiploads of vinegar in Cuba, and in each barrel, they sealed one corpse, and then they sold them as medical cadavers all over Europe. And for a while, that was their principal source...
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Referenced in Basic Ingredients: A Writer's Perspective (2003) See more »

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Bolero
Written by Maurice Ravel
Performed by Hungarian State Orchestra
Conducted by Ádám Fischer
Courtesy of LaserLight Digital
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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Interesting and exciting film with good interpretation by John Travolta
28 October 2004 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The movie deals upon a commando of brave soldiers . During the training , the sergeant (Samuel L. Jackson) is killed . A previously soldier and now DEA agent (John Travolta) has to solve who is the killer . He investigates the disappearance of a legendary Army ranger drill sergeant and several of his cadets during a training exercise gone severely awry . He's helped by an officer (Connie Nielsen) . They will have to face off difficult enigmas until to find out the truth .

The picture blends action , suspense , whodunit , thriller , emotions and is pretty entertaining . The flick is tense and mysterious from the beginning till ending and is neither boring , nor dull but entertaining . The screenplay of the film has a twisted plot and the final gets an extraordinary surprise . Runtime film is overlong but is fast-moving and for that reason is amusing . The movie is similar to classic ¨Rashomon¨ (by Akira Kurosawa) and ¨The Outrage¨ (by Martin Ritt) , regarding deeds since various points of sight as people explain them . Every time the story of the bunker is retold , each person has a different partner . Interpretation by John Travolta is top-notch likeness to Connie Nielsen . Samuel L. Jackson's acting is limited , he has a secondary but excellent role . Direction by John McTiernan is outstanding and stunning . The picture will appeal to mystery enthusiasts and suspense lovers . Rating : 7/10 above average. Well worth watching.


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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Costa Rica See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,511,960, 30 March 2003

Gross USA:

$26,793,311

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,792,561
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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