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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 »
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Mission: to evade and survive 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

About eighteen footballs were knocked into the ocean shooting one scene. See more »

Goofs

When Burnett is interrogated by Muslim guerrillas, he claims he is a soldier that was shot down. Given that Burnett is a navigator, he should not have referred to himself as a soldier, but as a navigator, as soldiers are clearly in most cases ground infantry, and not flying jets. See more »

Quotes

[Last lines]
Chris Burnett: [Aboard the helicopter after the rescue mission] Hey, Admiral! You're holding a letter for me. I'd like to have it back!
Admiral Reigart: I think I can find it!
[Reigart hands Burnett the letter. Burnett then crumples the letter, which had stated his intent of leaving the Navy. The rest of the crew look on happily and amused. The song 'Rescue Blues' by Ryan Adams fades in]
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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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Buck Rogers
Written by Grant Nicholas, Jon Lee and Takashi Hirose (as Taka Hirose)
Performed by Feeder
Courtesy of The Echo Label Limited
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Not a spoiler, but the true awfulness of the film needs to be acknowledged
5 March 2010 | by geof_58See all my reviews

Having just watched this film (based on the participation of an actor I admire) I have to say that this film was can only be described as unintentionally funny throughout. Full of clichés (ie European general who doesn't care about the troops, gung ho Americans itching for action). Oh dear. The worst bit about this film is not the political idiocy of it, the emptiness of the plot, the disdain for life or the appalling editing (slow motion shots which are a reminder of the A Team) but the music. What does it say when a civil war in the former Yugoslavia is accompanied by rock music? Well, it says that this is essentially a movie for American teenagers who haven't a clue where Yugoslavia is (or was) but who do need to be made to sit still in the cinema. Result: with an action movie where random death happens to people they don't know about or care about but American lives are precious. Ultimately, this is a recruiting film for kids who think that they can be involved in foreign wars they know nothing about, get shot at, but come home safely. Dire.


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