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Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

 -  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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Admiral Piquet (as Joaquim De Almeida)
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Petty Officer Kennedy
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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>

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massacre | rescue | navy | navigator | battle | See more »

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Prepare to cross the line. See more »

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Action | War | Drama | Thriller

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

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30 November 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Im Fadenkreuz - Allein gegen alle  »

Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$400,310 (Spain) (1 February 2002)

Gross:

$59,068,786 (USA) (19 April 2002)
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Matthew McConaughey turned down the lead role that went to Owen Wilson. See more »

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Burnett, while on the run, drank his last sip of fluid from the plastic bottle and tossed it onto the ground. That would never had happened in real life. He would have buried it so as not to be easily tracked. See more »

Quotes

Admiral Piquet: Admiral, what's going on down there?
Admiral Reigart: We have an F18 shot down over southern Bosnia. One pilot is suspected dead.
Admiral Piquet: Who authorized the search and rescue mission?
Admiral Reigart: I did.
Admiral Piquet: Call it off. Stand down, Admiral.
Admiral Reigart: Maybe I didn't make myself clear! We have pilots down! One is probably already dead!
Admiral Piquet: Admiral, I've spoken personally to Bosnian military commanders and they assure me the shoot down was perpetrated by renegades outside of their control, attempting to disrupt the peace process.
Admiral Reigart: Well of course ...
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So Badly Written It`s Offensive To The Dead Of The Balkans Conflict
23 June 2003 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

What`s fundamentally wrong with this movie is summed up by the opening voice over about " The Cincinatti peace accord " . I jumped out of my seat screaming " The whaaaat ? . It`s the Dayton peace accord you bloody fool " . But I realised this was a complete work of fiction even though it`s set against the background of the aftermath of the early 90s Balkans conflict . Or is it ? Is it set before the signing of the Dayton peace accord of 1995 or after it ? Is it set before the Kosovo campaign of 1999 or after it ? This vagueness of chronology is irritating as are the politics . Why is the Serb faction so anti- Mladic ? Despite his unforgivable behaviour against Bosniak ( Bosnian Muslims ) and Croat civilians during the conflict Mladic was by far the most popular Bosian Serb leader amongst the Bosnian Serb population , and once again I`ve got to ask when BEHIND ENEMY LINES is set ? If it`s after 1995 Slobodan Milosevic should be the hate figure for these Serb rebels for signing the Dayton peace agreement . Another thing that annoyed me was the false picture painted of the NATO command structure which has always been commanded by Americans . There is exceptions to the rule such as NATO`s ground offensive in Kosovo in 1999 being led by British general Mike Jackson but NATO has nearly always been an entirely American run show and there`s no way Uncle Sam would allow an entire NATO task force to be run by a French admiral as seen here . And another unforgivable error that shows the screenwriters don`t have a clue what they`re writing about is the line " The F-18 was shot down over southern Bosnia " ! Even when the Bosnian Serb army made its greatest gains in the summer/autumn of 1992 they never reached as far as southern Bosnia , this area remained in the hands of the Bosnian Croats before , during and after the war while most of central Bosnia was held by the Bosniaks while the rest of Bosnia was held by the Serbs so if the hero was shot down over " Southern Bosnia " how come he`s being chased by Serb militia and tanks . Oh and if there`s a peace deal how come everyone is fighting again ? Wasn`t there a large UN presence before NATO arrived ? Wasn`t there a large NATO ground force ( I-For it was called ) sent into the country to implement the Dayton peace accord ? So how come we don`t see any NATO ground forces stopping the fighting between the factions ?

I might be accused of nit picking but I wish to say that I think it`s absolutely obscene that Hollywood has made a movie set against the back drop of a conflict that killed 278,000 human beings and not once do I get the impression that the production team know what they`re talking about . It`s not too difficult to check a few facts if only to show a little respect to the victims of this brutal conflict . I`ve never been to the former Yugoslavia but I obviously know more about the conflict than the people who produced and wrote the screenplay . If you`re going to do a made up movie that resembles MCGUYVER meets MTV can you please have the decency to set it in a made up country


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