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Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Action, War, Drama  |  30 November 2001 (USA)
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A Navy navigator is shot down over enemy territory and is ruthlessly pursued by a secret police enforcer and the opposing troops. Meanwhile his commanding officer goes against orders in an attempt to rescue him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Admiral Piquet (as Joaquim De Almeida)
Marko Igonda ...
Petty Officer Kennedy
Admiral Donnelly
Aernout Van Lynden ...
Aernout Van Lynden
Red Crown Operator #1
Red Crown Operator #2 (as Shane Mikael Johnson)
Don Winston ...
Red Crown Operator #3


Fighter navigator Chris Burnett wants out: he was looking for something more than the boring recon missions he's been flying. He finds himself flying the lone Christmas day mission over war-torn Bosnia. But when he talks pilot Stackhouse into flying slightly off-course to check out an interesting target, the two get shot down. Burnett is soon alone, trying to outrun a pursuing army, while commanding officer Reigert finds his rescue operation hamstrung by politics, forcing Burnett to run far out of his way. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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His only weapon is his will to survive. See more »


Action | War | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for war violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 November 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Im Fadenkreuz - Allein gegen alle  »

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,736,133 (USA) (30 November 2001)


$59,068,786 (USA) (19 April 2002)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


As Master Chief O'Malley (David Keith) leads Lt. Burnett to see Admiral Reigart, Burnett asks him if he caught the University of Tennessee's football game the previous Saturday. O'Malley replied, "I don't know anything Lieutenant." David Keith graduated from the University of Tennessee. See more »


At minute 40: Serbian soldiers are chasing Burnett. They come from right to left. All of them appear to be left handed and all the guns have ejection ports on the left side showing that the whole scene has been inverted. See more »


Admiral Reigart: Let's go get our boy back!
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The Rescue Blues
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User Reviews

Unrealistic, but Fun
21 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sure, this movie is unrealistic, slightly jingoistic, and not exactly Dr. Zhivago when it comes to a deep plot, but it's fun to watch. I'm a serious student of the military studies in a professional sense, and I fully realize that the technology (especially the missile chase) and doctrines are unrealistic, but I am also capable of suspending my critical eye when I just want to sit back and enjoy an action flick. I'll save the brain power for something that actually matters, not for a movie, which is just another form of escaping from real life for an hour or two. So yeah, this movie gets a thumbs up for a fun film to sit back and enjoy the surround sound and big screen TV while chomping on some popcorn and a Coke.

Don't a movie seriously that isn't supposed to be taken so seriously!

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