Basic - Basic (2003)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Harry Connick Jr.
Tim Daly Col. Bill Styles
Timothy Daly Styles (as Tim Daly)
Cristian de la Fuente
Cristián de la Fuente Castro
Taye Diggs Pike
Samuel L. Jackson Sgt. Nathan West
Dash Mihok Mueller
Connie Nielsen Lt. Julia Osborne
Giovanni Ribisi Kendall
Roselyn Sanchez Nunez
John Travolta Agent Hardy
Brian Van Holt Dunbar
Movie Details
Genre Thriller; Drama; Mystery
Director John McTiernan
Producer Mike Medavoy; Arnold Messer; Arnie Messer
Writer James Vanderbilt
Studio Columbia Pictures
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 99 mins
Country Canada
Color Color
IMDb Rating 6.2
The disappearance of a military leader and the death of four of his men leads two investigators to wade through a morass of deceptions and half-truths in search of the facts in this thriller. Sgt. Nathan West (Samuel L. Jackson) is the leader of an elite team of U.S. Army Special Forces operatives known as the Army Rangers; West is known as a highly effective officer, but one with a short temper and aggressive attitude who is not well liked by his soldiers. During a seemingly routine training exercise in Panama, a hurricane sweeps in, and four of West's six men are dead, while West himself seems to have vanished. Eager to get the facts behind what happened, Col. Bill Styles (Tim Daly) assigns Capt. Julia Osborne (Connie Nielsen) to investigate. However, Osborne is having a hard time getting the two survivors to talk, so Styles brings in Tom Hardy (John Travolta), a former Army Ranger who served under West and became a first-class interrogator; Hardy later became a DEA agent, but left law enforcement after allegations of corruption. Hardy interviews Dunbar (Brian Van Holt), who claims that the four soldiers had been murdered, and West was killed in retaliation. Kendall (Giovanni Ribisi), the other survivor (whose father is a powerful officer) has a very different story of how the five men turned up dead, and it's up to Hardy and Osborne to determine who is telling the truth — or if anyone is saying exactly what happened. Basic marked the first time John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson appeared in the same film together since their breakthrough roles in Pulp Fiction. — Mark Deming
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 335
Collection Status In Collection
Links All Movie Guide
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Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.40:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single side, Dual layer
UPC 043396097452
Chapters 28
Release Date 7/8/2003
Subtitles English; French
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Director's commentary


Theatrical Trailer

Basic: Directors Design
Basic Ingredients: A Writer's Perspective