MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 375 this week

Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

 -  Action | War | Drama  -  30 November 2001 (USA)
6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 75,461 users   Metascore: 49/100
Reviews: 405 user | 130 critic | 29 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (story), 2 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 16 Dec 2010
 
a list of 24 titles
created 02 Jan 2011
 
a list of 33 titles
created 30 Dec 2011
 
a list of 46 titles
created 20 Jan 2012
 
a list of 38 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

Behind Enemy Lines (2001) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Behind Enemy Lines.

User Polls

1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A Special-Ops commander leads his team into the Nigerian jungle in order to rescue a doctor who will only join them if they agree to save 70 refugees too.

Director: Antoine Fuqua
Stars: Bruce Willis, Cole Hauser, Monica Bellucci
Action | Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Navy SEALS, headed by Lt. Bobby James, are dispatched to North Korea on a covert mission, all in an effort to take out a missile site...

Director: James Dodson
Stars: Nicholas Gonzalez, Matt Bushell, Keith David
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A Russian sniper and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Stars: Jude Law, Ed Harris, Joseph Fiennes
Action | Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Navy SEALS mount an attack on Colombian special forces to clear their names and rescue a hostage.

Director: Tim Matheson
Stars: Joe Manganiello, Ken Anderson, Channon Roe
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it.

Director: Randall Wallace
Stars: Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Greg Kinnear
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

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 »

Director: Mark Griffiths
Stars: Thomas Ian Griffith, Chris Mulkey, Mark Carlton
Drama | History | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

123 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis.

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore
Green Zone (2010)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Discovering covert and faulty intelligence causes a U.S. Army officer to go rogue as he hunts for Weapons of Mass Destruction in an unstable region.

Director: Paul Greengrass
Stars: Matt Damon, Jason Isaacs, Greg Kinnear
The Recruit (2003)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A brilliant young CIA trainee is asked by his mentor to help find a mole in the Agency.

Director: Roger Donaldson
Stars: Al Pacino, Colin Farrell, Bridget Moynahan
Windtalkers (2002)
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Two U.S. Marines in WWII are assigned to protect Navajo Marines who use their native language as an unbreakable radio cypher.

Director: John Woo
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Adam Beach, Peter Stormare
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A lawyer becomes a target by a corrupt politician and his NSA goons when he accidentally receives key evidence to a serious politically motivated crime.

Director: Tony Scott
Stars: Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight
Pearl Harbor (2001)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Pearl Harbor follows the story of two best friends, Rafe and Danny, and their love lives as they go off to join the war.

Director: Michael Bay
Stars: Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett
Edit

Cast

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
Edit

Storyline

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

Taglines:

Prepare to cross the line. See more »

Genres:

Action | War | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Release Date:

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)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

During the period while filming, was the first time in 104 years that Slovakia did not get snow, so all the snow seen in the film was created by special effects. See more »

Goofs

At various times in the corridors of the aircraft carrier the bottoms of bulkhead doorways can be seen sliding into place. The bottoms are removable to avoid tripping camera crews during walking sequences. See more »

Quotes

Chris Burnett: [Burnett arrives at the designated evacuation point]
[Over the radio]
Chris Burnett: Alpha Whiskey, this is Zero-Six, come in.
Admiral Reigart: [Over the radio] Zero-Six, go ahead.
Chris Burnett: Zero-Six is at rally point three and is standing by.
Admiral Reigart: Zero-Six, latest intel says your current location undoable for pickup. Standby to copy rendezvous point.
Chris Burnett: Say again your last, I am at the rendezvous point.
Admiral Reigart: You need to hump it out to safe zone. I set IP Cadillac, Canada 1-5, Virginia 2-0, for evac.
Admiral Reigart: [...]
See more »

Connections

References Vertigo (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

The Rescue Blues
Written by Ryan Adams
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Owen Wilson. And stuff blowing up. Sounds good to me!
29 November 2001 | by (Beatrice, NE) – See all my reviews

Behind Enemy Lines ***

Bravo niner delta, what's your vector, Victor?

You'll hear lots of dialogue like that in Behind Enemy Lines. Military code talk is one of the coolest things ever. Vector, copy, come back, affirmative, negative, no-go, R(ally)P(oint)... That stuff is just plain COOL.

Back to the movie review. So – you're making a war movie with airplanes. Let's make sure you have everything you need. Stock footage? Check. Lieutenant with a ‘bad boy' attitude? Check. Stuff blowing up? Check. Politically ambiguous military situation? Che – what? That doesn't make sense. I mean, we're America... (Don't worry – We're the good guys. It's all the rest that's ambiguous.)

See, Behind Enemy Lines is set in Bosnia during the ‘last' days of the civil war in Serbia/Yugoslavia/Bosnia-Herzegovina. Chris Burnett (Wilson) is stationed on an aircraft carrier in the Adriatic Sea. The ship is commanded by Admiral Leslie Reigart (Hackman), who in turn is under the command of NATO, represented by Admiral Piquet (de Almeida). Now, Burnett is a bit of a maverick. Not like the Tom Cruise type – Burnett is tired of being in the Navy. He signed on to be a fighter pilot, not a sitting around on the ship pilot. In fact, he's handed in his resignation papers. Of course, you can't just leave in the middle of a mission. When the ship returns to port, Burnett is done. Reigart doesn't really care for Burnett – he used to have potential, but now he's just dead weight. So, in a bit of vindictiveness, Reigart assigns Burnett (a navigator) and his pilot, Stackhouse (Gabriel Macht), on a recon mission on Christmas. The recon? A lake. Lovely. But, radar picks up some activity. Activity OFF OF THE ASSIGNED COURSE. Now, we've established that Burnett is a maverick, so, naturally they do recon over there. They take pictures of mass graves. Then, they get shot down. BEHIND ENEMY LINES. This is not good. See, NATO planes were not supposed to be making fly-bys in that area. A peace treaty has just been signed, and things could fall apart at any moment. So, Reigart has a choice to make – does he risk the lives of thousands of people to get one man? Does he ensure peace and leave a man behind? We all know the answer to that.

Behind Enemy Lines is slick. It is very, very slick. Teflon. It looks like a video game. A really cool video game. Shifty frame-rates, cool filters, Matrix-style special effects, Saving Private Ryan-camera-effects, it looks way cool. It's not universally realistic, but, stylistically it works very well.

The acting is also good. No one is going to win any acting awards in this picture, but, no one stinks. If you don't know who Gene Hackman is, turn off your computer right now. You have some serious catching up to do. If you don't know who Owen Wilson is, start paying attention. This guy is good. Very, very good. You may have seen him in Zoolander (he was the blonde model). You may have seen him in Shanghai Noon with Jackie Chan. You may have seen an underrated comedy called Rushmore – he co-wrote that. He's just beginning to get recognition, and he deserves it. While I think he's better in comedies, he's no slouch as a leading-man-action-hero. Joaquim de Almeida doesn't stand out, but you've seen him before. (He played Bucho (the bad guy) in Desperado)

So, that leaves us with the story. It must be tough to make a war movie now. WWII was easy – the bad guys were easy to spot. But, to make a movie based on any war post-1970 must be tricky. Things like finding ‘bad guys' aren't easy anymore. Even in something like the Gulf War. To paraphrase Mark Wahlberg from Three Kings: `I forget... Are we shooting people anymore?' The Balkan conflict was really, really tricky. First of all, there were three sides. Secondly, there was a huge history of racial strife in the area. Thirdly, NATO stepped in to prevent the war from spreading into Macedonia, which would have brought Greece (a NATO member) and Turkey (another NATO member) into the war against each other. Fourthly, keeping all the factions straight was very, very hard unless you studied political science. Behind Enemy Lines doesn't get too bogged down in the details, which is good. Nor does it name real names. Slobodan Milosovic is not mentioned, but he is implied. The story is about an American airman in the middle of the conflict, but it's not based on the story of Lt. Scott O'Grady.

What we have here is a slick, mostly non-political (there are some references to landmines being bad for children and other living things) war movie. It's not perfectly paced, but it's close. The cinematography is really, really cool. And stuff blows up.


25 of 46 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Is this the Worst War Movie of all time? Froomshanker
Excuse my ignorance but... NineEighteen
Angel statue? haludek
Loved the movie, especially camera work and editing alexbush20-1
Niko Bellic = Sniper snownation
Last 10 minutes!! sherwoodbaggies
Discuss Behind Enemy Lines (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?