439 user 138 critic

Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

0:34 | Trailer
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.


John Moore


Jim Thomas (story) (as James Thomas), John Thomas (story) | 2 more credits »
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Owen Wilson ... Burnett
Gene Hackman ... Reigart
Gabriel Macht ... Stackhouse
Charles Malik Whitfield ... Rodway
Joaquim de Almeida ... Piquet (as Joaquim De Almeida)
David Keith ... O'Malley
Olek Krupa ... Lokar
Vladimir Mashkov ... Tracker
Marko Igonda ... Bazda
Eyal Podell ... Petty Officer Kennedy
Geoff Pierson ... Admiral Donnelly
Aernout Van Lynden Aernout Van Lynden ... Aernout Van Lynden
Sam Jaeger ... Red Crown Operator #1
Shane Johnson ... Red Crown Operator #2 (as Shane Mikael Johnson)
Don Winston 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Action | Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


As Master Chief O'Malley (David Keith) leads Lieutenant Burnett (Owen Wilson) to see Admiral Reigart (Gene Hackman), 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." Keith graduated from the University of Tennessee. See more »


When Burnett is waving down the truck to stop you can see the skid marks already on the ground from previous takes. See more »


Chris Burnett: I don't know you tell me sir?
See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK theatrical version had one dialogue substitution (removal of a single use of the word "fuck") to secure the "12" rating. For the DVD/video release, this substitution was waived by the BBFC. See more »


Followed by Seal Team Eight: Behind Enemy Lines (2014) See more »


We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Arranged and Performed by Johnny Reno
Courtesy of June St. Entertainment/Menthol Records
See more »

User Reviews

Not bad at all...
2 June 2003 | by SerpentMageSee all my reviews

This is one of those movies that I would see at the DVD shop and not buy it. Why, because I have not heard of it from the media. But because I have a pay for view movie channel it was played.

Verdict? Not bad at all. The story is no Shakespeare, but it is pretty good for an action movie. I was impressed with the two main actors and how they acted their roles. What I especially liked about the movie is the mixing of really interesting effects with a story. This movie reminds a bit of Crimson Tide or Enemy of the State and if you did like those movies then you will like this one.

I think the critique of this movie is a bit over the top.

9 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 439 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »




Release Date:

30 November 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Behind Enemy Lines See more »


Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,736,133, 2 December 2001

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed