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Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

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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.

Director:

John Moore

Writers:

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

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Cast

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
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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>

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Taglines:

Prepare to cross the line. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Fox

Country:

USA

Release Date:

30 November 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Im Fadenkreuz - Allein gegen alle See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,736,133, 2 December 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$59,068,786, 21 April 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,753,222, 31 December 2001
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Moore insisted on shooting during the winter so it would feel more natural, but that meant they only had about seven and a half hours of light every day to film. See more »

Goofs

When Burnett first spots activity on his screen, the plane is a few thousand feet above the ground. Yet on his scope screen it says they are over 20,000 feet up. See more »

Quotes

Chris Burnett: Holy Shit! We're being painted!
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Connections

Followed by Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
Traditional
Arranged and Performed by Johnny Reno
Courtesy of June St. Entertainment/Menthol Records
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Great sets and good suspense and action make for a worthy viewing
22 June 2003 | by NearstarsSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this film. It was a great mix of action and suspense, with some very realistic cinematography.

Basic plot - the Bosnian War is coming to an end, and from a US Navy carrier in the Adriatic, Owen Wilson and his pilot fly out on the last recon mission of the war, but are taken down by a surface-to-air missile. The rest of the film is about Wilson trying to get rescued while he is chased down psycho-genocidal Bosnian Serbs. You see, Wilson's plane took pictures of something the Serbs didn't want seeing.

The film is augmented by some superb cinematography, and very realistic sets, which really capture the cold and miserable setting in which the story is depicted.

I have to admit that Owen Wilson was an odd casting for the role, but he surprised me by not grossly annoying me too much, and seems to carry the serious role pretty well.

Gene Hackman carries well the role of the Admiral, frustrated when attempts to rescue Wilson are blocked by his NATO-command boss over "political-sensitivities".

The Serbs, particularly the psycho paramilitary guy in the tracksuit, are nasty, efficient and ruthless, and whilst I've noticed some criticism of this film for it being jingoistic and anti-Serb, one has to question whether this depiction *was* inaccurate or not... From what I recall the Bosnian Serb military were not nice people, and this film reminding us of that, I believe, is a perfectly valid point.

There is a lack of realism at times in the film, especially toward the end, where Wilson seems to dodge a million bullets emerging from an entire brigade, including armour vehicles etc., but don't let this detract. It's definitely worth a view.


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