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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:
Adm. Piquet (as Joaquim De Almeida)
Petty Officer Kennedy
Adm. Donnelly
Aernout Van Lynden ...
Aernout Van Lynden
Red Crown Operator #1
Red Crown Operator #2 (as Shane Mikael Johnson)
Don Winston ...
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Mission: to evade and 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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character Sasha (Vladimir Mashkov) was used as the model for Niko Bellic in Grand Theft Auto IV (2008). See more »


Burnett talks about flying for Bill Gates or an airline when he leaves the Navy but he's a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) which technically isn't a pilot (Naval Aviator). Whereas NFOs do get some training at the controls of an aircraft in flight school they wouldn't be qualified to get a job as a pilot right out of the Navy. See more »


Sasha: [In Serbian] I have 48 hours, my friend. Let's see who can wait longer.
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Referenced in The Amazing Race: I Feel Like I'm in, Like, Sicily (2010) See more »


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Written and Performed by Ray Charles
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User Reviews

A movie with everything!
7 February 2002 | by (Melbourne, Victoria) – See all my reviews

From the very start of the epic cinematographical masterpiece I could tell that I was about to witness something truly special; I was not let down. That said, I would have been better able to review this film objectively had not been for my mesmerisation at the hands of the truly astonishing nose of the man himself, Owen Wilson. Many lines of quality dialogue flew right past me as I marvelled at the wonderous nostrils adorning the beautious face of this great man. This herculean facial feature was indeed the highlight of the movie for me.

Regathering my scattered senses, I was once again plunged into the gripping storyline as a group of evil Serbians vindictively shoot down the spyplane of two great and noble american airmen. After bailing out, good ol' Owen is shot at by a platoon of monobrowed soldiers, who seem to be carrying guns because it makes them look sexy rather than for putting them to any practical use. Honestly, I could have done better with half a brick.

I will continue no further as I do not wish to spoil the amazing and absolutely-not-predictable twist at the end. Will Owen escape the guerilla scum? Will you be able to hold onto your lunch (or meal of preference) after the director utilises his 30th high speed pan and his 10 billionth ultra-fast zoom to closeup? Will Brad get back with Janice now that she is carrying his baby? Do Village Cinemas do refunds? All this and more in one of the greatest movies of all time.

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