The Battle of Mogadishu was a bloody fight in Mogadishu, Somalia that lasted about two days. It was dramatized in the film "Black Hawk Down," which featured Ron Eldard as Michael Durant. As part of Operation Gothic Serpent, the battle was a part of a bigger picture, but history and the events on those days made the Battle of Mogadishu the most horribly memorable aspect of the operation and Michael Durant was in the middle of it.
Durant was part of one of several missions that day to aid the men who had gone into Mogadishu in the hope of taking out General Mohamed Farrah Aidid, who had been terrorizing the population with starvation and violence. The original mission had gone horribly wrong. Durant was piloting an MH-60L Black Hawk helicopter they dubbed Super Six Four, but his was not the Black Hawk in need of assistance, that is until the tail of Super Six Five was struck by an RPG. His was the second Black Hawk to go down that day.
Whether the movie was a good representation of the specifics surrounding Durant's ordeal only Durant could say. No one else on his team survived. However, we do know that the film depicted him as going down southwest of the compound the original mission was sent to secure. This did happen. It showed Durant injuring his back and breaking his legs upon impact. This happened. In "Black Hawk Down," Durant's crew was killed by Somalis. This also happened.
After Durant was left alone with a mob of Somalis headed for him, two snipers, SFC Randy Shughart and MSG Gary Gordon, who were trying to offer assistance from the air offered to go in and try to establish a perimeter around Super Six Four. They were denied permission initially, but were eventually allowed to assist. They both died in the effort, after killing 25 hostile Somalis. One notable difference between the film and accounts of the incident is that Shughart gave Durant Gordon's CAR-15 after the former's death. In the film, they armed Durant immediately after extracting him from the wreckage of his 'copter.
Michael Durant was able to work with Ron Eldard and we can assume he recounted his experiences and it looks like his story, the official story and the film all sync up pretty well in regard to the second Black Hawk and the efforts to secure it. After all of his comrades died, Michael Durant was beaten severely on top of the injuries he had already sustained. He was then taken by the enemy and held for 11 days. The men who tried to save him were awarded Medals of Honor posthumously.