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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 cajoles a confession out of Dunbar, who claims that Sgt. West and the missing Rangers have been murdered and their bodies blown away by the hurricane. When they later interview Kendall, he confirms that the other Rangers and West are dead. But, in almost every other way, his story contradicts Dunbar’s. What happened to West and his Ranger team? And what were they really doing out there in the jungle? As each layer reveals more lies and greater deceptions, Hardy and Osborne inch towards the horrible truth about the fate of the missing Rangers.

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

Directed By: John McTiernan
Written By: James Vanderbilt
Produced By: Orbit Entertainment Group & Phoenix Pictures

Release Date (US): March 28th, 2003

Length of Movie: 1h 38min

MPAA Rating: Rated R for violence and language.

Budget: $

Opening Weekend: $11,511,960

Overall Domestic Box Office Gross: $26,536,120

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