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Behind Enemy Lines (1997)

An ex-marine returns to Vietnam when he learns his former mercenary partner whom he thought was killed is being held by a sadistic general. Contains extreme violence, including torture, and... See full summary »

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Mike Weston
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Jones
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Col. Wolfe
Mushond Lee ...
Luther
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Kat
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Church
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Donny
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Tex
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An ex-marine returns to Vietnam when he learns his former mercenary partner whom he thought was killed is being held by a sadistic general. Contains extreme violence, including torture, and profanity. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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When the large-caliber machine gun is captured from the 'Vietnamese' troops and used against the ones conveniently lined up in a wooden shack, a close-up view of the front of the gun clearly shows the belt feeding it to be loaded with blanks, with the crimped ends. See more »

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Donny: [after hiding behind a bush that a soldier has just urinated on] I've had my shower, where's breakfast?
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Written by Marcus Barone
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18 February 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

So there seems to be some debate about whether this is made-for-TV or a B movie. Well, it appears to have been made for the cinema but with writers and a director not used to producing B movie quality.

The two lead actors, Thomas Ian Griffith as Mike Weston, and Chris Mulkey as Jones, are competent, the minor ones less so. If the Vietnamese actors look like Philippinos, there is a reason for that! The camera-work is pretty good, though I could use less slo-mo, and the action scenes are frequent and watchable.

The main problem is the writing. The basic story is too stupid to be worth describing. The US military is portrayed as full of low-intellect young men who can't put a sentence together without profanity. I wondered if there was some irony there but I don't think so.

Sit back and enjoy the action, if you can?


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