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Behind Enemy Lines -- Lt. Burnett is shot at while taking a short water break.
Behind Enemy Lines -- 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.
Behind Enemy Lines -- A mine field is set off and Lt. Burnett does his best to out run the blasts.
Behind Enemy Lines -- Lt. Burnett falls into a massive open grave site.

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In War There Are Some Lines You Should Never Cross. See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Owen Wilson ... Lt. Chris Burnett

Gene Hackman ... Admiral Leslie McMahon Reigart

Gabriel Macht ... Stackhouse

Charles Malik Whitfield ... Capt. Rodway, USMC

David Keith ... Master Chief Tom O'Malley

Olek Krupa ... Miroslav Lokar

Joaquim de Almeida ... Admiral Piquet (as Joaquim De Almeida)

Vladimir Mashkov ... Sasha
Marko Igonda ... Bazda

Eyal Podell ... Petty Officer Kennedy

Geoff Pierson ... Admiral Donnelly
Aernout Van Lynden ... Aernout Van Lynden

Sam Jaeger ... Red Crown Operator #1

Shane Johnson ... Red Crown Operator #2 (as Shane Mikael Johnson)
Don Winston ... Red Crown Operator #3
Elizabeth Perry ... Red Crown Operator #4
Igor Hajdarhodzic ... Serb Spotter
Tarik Filipovic ... Serb Soldier
Peter Palka ... Serb Soldier at Lokar's Mansion

Todd Boyce ... Junior Officer
Kamil Kollarik ... Babic
Salaetin Bilal ... Ejup (as Salaudin Bilal)

Laurence Mason ... Brandon

Leon Russom ... Ed Burnett
Goran Grgic ... Technician
Ivan Urbánek ... Father in Minefield
Ismet Bagtasevic ... Muslim Passenger
Dragan Marinkovic ... Damir
Kamil Mikulcík ... Tiger #1
Vedrana Seksan ... Serb Anchor
Vladimir Oktavec ... Petrovic

Dorothy Lucey ... Dorothy Lucey
Greg Goossen ... CIA Spook (as Gregory B. Goossen)
Filip Nola ... Serb Soldier at Mass Grave

Bumper Robinson ... SCIF Technician
Ann Sorum ... Mom Burnett
George Davis ... Sky News Cameraman
Tom Mooney ... Carrier Commanding Officer
Mark Bocchetti ... Navy Rep
Lucia Srncova ... Muslim Girl
Daniel Margolius ... Muslim Teenager
Robert Franko ... Tiger #2
Lukás Hoffmann ... Tiger #3 (as Lukas Hoffmann)
Jared Chandler ... Piquet's Aide
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dwayne Adway ... Additional voices (voice) (uncredited)
Ratko Mladic ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
John Moore 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Jim Thomas (story) (as James Thomas) &
John Thomas (story)

David Veloz (screenplay) and
Zak Penn (screenplay)

Produced by
Stephanie Austin .... executive producer
Alex Blum .... co-producer
John Davis .... producer
Wyck Godfrey .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Don Davis 
 
Cinematography by
Brendan Galvin (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Paul Martin Smith 
 
Casting by
Eyde Belasco 
Sheila Trezise 
 
Production Design by
Nathan Crowley 
 
Art Direction by
Ivo Husnjak 
Patrick Lumb (supervising art director)
Nenad Pecur  (as Neno Pecur)
 
Set Decoration by
Mario Ivezic 
 
Costume Design by
George L. Little 
 
Makeup Department
Joseph A. Campayno .... makeup artist: Owen Wilson (as Joe Campayno)
Fiona Connon .... key makeup artist
Katka Horska .... assistant makeup artist
Geraldine Jones .... hair stylist
Maja Lojanova .... hair stylist
Maha .... makeup artist (as Maha Saade)
Roisin O'Reilly .... assistant makeup artist
Viera Rajtárová .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Charlie Davis .... post-production supervisor
Branko Jehlar .... unit manager
Dragan Josipovic .... production manager
Tom Karnowski .... unit production manager
Brano Kollar .... assistant unit manager
Christopher Bates .... production supervisor: additional photography (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daisy Cummins .... assistant director
Steve M. Davison .... second unit director
Hope Garrison .... second assistant director
Domonic Mandy .... second assistant director
John M. Morse .... second assistant director
Justin Muller .... first assistant director
Barbara Szomolanyiova .... assistant director
Scott Thaler .... assistant director: second unit
Scott Thaler .... second unit director
Rich Thorne .... second unit director
Peter Veverka .... first assistant director: Slovakia
 
Art Department
Bara Barova .... translator
Ismet Begtasévic .... assistant set decorator
Zuzana Cizmarova .... set designer
Vern Crofoot .... assistant property master
Romek Delmata .... illustrator
Ron Downing .... supervising property master
Damir Gabelica .... construction coordinator
David E. Harshbarger .... property master (as David Harshbarger)
Ladislav Markic .... set dresser
Julie Ochipinti .... buyer
Julie Ochipinti .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Craig Berkey .... sound designer
Craig Berkey .... supervising sound editor
Steve Bissinger .... sound effects editor
Derek Casari .... adr engineer
Melissa Deanne Ferguson .... auricle operator
Simon Firsht .... boom operator
Gary Gegan .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Getty .... dialogue adr assistant
Robert Getty .... group adr editor
Michael Haight .... adr supervisor
Michael Haight .... dialogue supervisor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Matthew Iadarola .... supervising re-recording mixer
R.J. Kizer .... dialogue editor
Jeff Kushner .... dialogue editor
David Lucarelli .... adr recordist
Chuck Michael .... sound effects recordist
Ryan Murphy .... sound recordist
Steve F. Price .... background sound effects editor
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Ian Voigt .... sound mixer
Jay Wilkinson .... sound effects supervisor
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Adam Aldridge .... special effects technician
Nick Allder .... special effects technician
Jeff Clifford .... special effects technician
John Fontana .... special effects technician
Martin Geeson .... special effects technician
Garth Inns .... special effects supervisor
Jaroslav Kolenic .... special effects technician
Paul M. Leader .... special effects technician
Jeremy Lovett .... special effects technician
Mervyn Loynes .... special effects technician
Nigel Nixon .... computer video playback buyer
Melvyn Pearson .... special effects technician
Stefano Pepin .... special effects technician
Mark Roberts .... special effects technician
Arthur G. Schlosser .... snow effects technician
Terry Schubert .... special effects technician
Richard Stutsman .... special effects: second unit
Jozef Taptik .... special effects technician
Alastair Vardy .... special effects technician
Jirí Vater .... special effects technician
John Fleming .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Christian Argueta .... digital artist
Cosmas Paul Bolger Jr. .... visual effects supervisor
Giselle Brewton .... film loader: visual effects unit
Francisco Chaigneau .... digital effects artist
Audrey Chang .... visual effects editor
Daniel Aristoteles Collins .... systems/operations: Rhythm & Hues
Ken Dackermann .... digital compositor
Todd Daugherty .... render support
John Decker .... digital artist
Marcelo Dos Santos .... animator
Marcelo Dos Santos .... modeler
David Dozoretz .... visual effects supervisor
Steve Dubin .... miniature set supervisor
Kevin Edwards .... visual effects
Andrew Eio .... computer & video playback supervisor: Bionics
Tyler Foell .... 2D supervisor
Mark Freund .... visual effects supervisor: Pacific Title
Jason Gaudio .... visual effects editor
Ahdee Goldberg .... digital effects associate producer
Daniel D. Gregoire .... pre-visualization artist
Ben Grossmann .... wire/rig removal
Martin Hall .... compositor
Mike Hardison .... CG supervisor: Pixel Magic
Phil Holland .... scanning & recording operator
Shaina Holmes .... digital compositor
Andrew Honacker .... digital artist
Kory Jones .... visual effects supervisor
Mark Kenaston .... digital artist
Kevin Kipper .... digital artist
Erik Lee .... CG animator
Euisung Lee .... animatics artist
Matt Linder .... lead compositor: 3D effects animator
Carlyle O. Livingston II .... model supervisor
Nathan McGuinness .... senior visual effects supervisor: Asylum
Ray McIntyre Jr. .... visual effects supervisor (as Raymond McIntyre Jr.)
Peter Menich .... senior CG designer
Bob Minshall .... visual effects
Eroc Moralls .... visual effects compositor
Peter W. Moyer .... visual effects supervisor: Digital Filmworks
Brad Moylan .... digital compositor: Pixel Magic
Terry Naas .... visual effects artist
Greg Notzelman .... lead animator
Marco S. Paolini .... digital compositor
Reid Paul .... digital effects supervisor
Liz Ralston .... visual effects producer
Gary Reisman .... digital artist
Marisol Rivas .... effects production coordinator
Karl Rogovin .... visual effects production assistant
David Santiago .... effects technical director
Gunther Schatz .... 3D visual effects artist
Stephen Sloan .... senior compositor
Andrew Soria .... visual effects
Ole Dieter Sturm .... computer graphic artist: Bionics
Rich Thorne .... visual effects supervisor
Garv Thorp .... visual effects coordinator: Pacific Title
Todd Vaziri .... digital camera shake specialist: OCS/Freeze Frame/Pixel Magic [us]
Matthew A. Ward .... animatic artist: POVDE (as Matthew Ward)
Gary Young .... model builder
Travis Baumann .... Inferno artist (uncredited)
Brandon Craig .... render supervisor (uncredited)
Patrick Denver .... model builder (uncredited)
Ivan DeWolf .... digital artist (uncredited)
Lindsay Hallett .... visual effects producer: Asylum (uncredited)
Owen Hammer .... digital compositor (uncredited)
James David Hattin .... digital compositor: OCS Freezeframe/Pixel Magic (uncredited)
Edward Helmers .... digital artist (uncredited)
David Jones .... visual effects supervisor: Asylum (uncredited)
Brian Pohl .... animatics artist (uncredited)
Andy Tamandl .... digital artist: Hammerhead Productions (uncredited)
Everette Webber .... digital compositor: main titles (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Marek Bakic .... stunts
Rastislav Benza .... stunts
Marek Borik .... stunts (as Marek Boric)
Steve M. Davison .... stunt coordinator
Kiante Elam .... stunts
Monika Fiserova .... stunts
Vladimir 'Furdo' Furdik .... stunts (as Vladimir Furdik)
Lance Gilbert .... stunts
Troy Gilbert .... stunts
Peter Hric .... stunts
Roman Jankovic .... stunt actor
Miroslav Kadlecik .... stunts
Shawn Kautz .... stunts
Rastislav Kotula .... stunts (as Ratislav Kotula)
Gustáv Kyselica .... stunt coordinator: Slovac Republic
Branislav Martinak .... stunts
Jaroslav Medvid .... stunts
Ivan Mica .... stunts
Lubomir Misak .... stunts
Lubomir Misak .... utility stunts
Peter Olgyay .... stunts
Peter Plazak .... stunts
Juraj Pospech .... stunts
Robert Powell .... stunts
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunts
Shawn Robinson .... stunts
Erik Rondell .... stunts
Michael Sandala .... stunts
Stanislav Satko .... stunts
Miloslav Sulda .... stunts
Marek Toth .... stunts
Martin 'Mato' Uhrovcik .... stunts (as Martin Uhrdvcik)
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunt double: Owen Wilson (uncredited)
Dirk Vahle .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Victor Abbene .... gaffer: carrier unit
Ciarán Barry .... camera operator
Matthew Berner .... assistant camera
Barry Berona .... first assistant camera: aircraft carrier unit
Robert Binnall .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Dean Brkic .... best boy electric
Charles John Bukey .... key grip
Václav Cermak .... rigging best boy
Karel Charvat .... grip
Sean P. Fickert .... grip
Ian Foster .... camera operator
Dave Freeth .... libra technician
Sandro Garcia .... video assist operator
John Gazdik .... camera operator: VistaVision
Rasto Gore .... rigging electrician
Alice Gu .... assistant camera
Samir Kadric .... electrician
Branko Knez .... assistant camera
Michael Landsburg .... dolly grip: second unit
Robyn Link .... camera loader: re-shoots
Jeff Lynn .... assistant camera
Michael McDermott .... gaffer
David B. Nowell .... aerial camera operator
Robert Palmer .... second assistant camera
Jaromir Sedina .... Steadicam operator
Jaromir Sedina .... camera operator: "b" camera
Sascha 'Sash' Seitz .... second assistant camera
Alex Soria .... video assist operator
Paul Szopa .... assistant chief lighting technician
David Blue Thompson .... lighting technician
Paul Toomey .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Eric Turner .... assistant camera
Jürgen Vollmer .... still photographer
Dale White .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, aircraft carrier unit
Richard Brooks Burton .... aerial first assistant camera (uncredited)
Ian Speed .... libra technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Johnny Gidcomb .... adr casting
Lenka Stefankovicova .... casting: Slovakia
Sheila Trezise .... casting: UK
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carlane Passman .... assistant costume designer
Stana Slosserova .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Josh Campbell .... assistant editor
Paula Greatbatch .... assistant editor (as Paula Suhy)
Jamie Keeney .... assistant editor
Dawn Michelle King .... assistant editor: avid (as Dawn M. Gerrior)
Jim Passon .... co-color timer
Marypat Plottner .... first assistant editor
Pablo Prietto .... assistant editor
Chris Regan .... color timer
 
Music Department
Brian Bulman .... music editor
Lori L. Eschler .... music editor (as Lori Eschler Frystak)
Mike Knobloch .... music executive
Joe Lisanti .... music editor
Erik Lundborg .... orchestrator
Larry Mah .... scoring mixer
John Rodd .... orchestral scoring recordist
David Sherr .... orchestra contractor
David Sherr .... orchestrator
 
Transportation Department
Zdravko Plese .... transportation manager
 
Other crew
Brooke Brooks .... assistant: John Davis
Rob Caves .... production assistant
Jared Chandler .... technical advisor: military
Mary K. Fanto .... clearance coordinator
David Fencl .... armorer
Emilio Puyol Fernandez .... helicopter pilot
Danica Fleischerova .... assistant production coordinator (as Danica Matulayova)
Stephen French .... assistant: John Moore
Gary Gillingham .... production controller
Karen Golden .... additional script supervisor
Kristine Greco .... script supervisor: effects unit
Alex Hamilton .... production coordinator
Jody Hart .... production assistant
Zeljko Hren .... caterer
Kristina Kavaliunas .... assistant: Stephanie Austin
Tomas Kelemen .... assistant: Stephanie Austin
David M. Kennedy .... technical advisor: military
Melissa Kinnicutt .... assistant production coordinator
Stefan Krisak .... helicopter pilot
Villiam Krivac .... helicopter pilot
Clay Lacy .... pilot: Lear Jet
Michael Lichtenegger .... assistant production coordinator
Marek Mackovic .... set production assistant
Zdravko Madzarevic .... location manager
Rob Meisenholder .... first assistant accountant
Christie Morgan .... helicopter pilot
Steve Newman .... unit publicist
Sandra Odelga .... production coordinator
David Paris .... aerial coordinator (as David W. Paris)
Nada Pinter .... script supervisor
Thell Reed .... aerial weapons specialist
Rick Shuster .... pilot: picture helicopter
Michael Stromberg .... helicopter pilot
Mark Sussman .... additional voice
Korin A. Tarin .... post-production accountant
Jose Luis Tejero .... helicopter pilot
Nancy A. Terriberry .... second assistant accountant
Eric W. Thompson .... production lawyer
Jiri Tichacek .... assistant accountant
Dirk Vahle .... pilot: picture helicopter
Monnie Wills .... assistant: Wyck Godfrey
Richard Yates .... helicopter pilot
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... pilot: picture helicopter
Peter Ziak .... production assistant
Viera Zvonarova .... assistant to production coordinator
Robert E. Phillips .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sascha 'Sash' Seitz .... skydiving unit coordinator (uncredited)
Trevor Stasik .... production assistant (uncredited)
Drago Sumonja .... adr (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Philip M. Strub .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for war violence and some language
Runtime:
106 min
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Argentina:13 | Australia:MA (DVD rating) | Australia:M (original rating) | Austria:16 | Brazil:12 | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-15 | France:U | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:IIB | Hungary:14 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:12 | Ireland:15 (DVD/VHS release) | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R13 | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12 | UK:15 (DVD/VHS release) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #38516)

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Trivia:
Branko Tomovic was considered for the role of Bazda.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: During the ejection sequence, Stackhouse is not ejected after Burnett. The ejection sequence automatically ejects both pilots and he would not need to pull the handle again to eject, nor to deploy the parachute. Also he has his arms outstretched beyond the cockpit which would make them flail in the extreme wind. This is not proper ejection posture, as he should keep his hands on the handle to prevent injury.See more »
Quotes:
Chris Burnett:Golden Nest, Archangel Zero-Six! We have been engaged!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Grand Theft Auto IV (2008) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
That's all rightSee more »

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25 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Owen Wilson. And stuff blowing up. Sounds good to me!, 29 November 2001
Author: RawkStah from Beatrice, NE

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.

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