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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.

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John Moore

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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>

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In War There Are Some Lines You Should Never Cross. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Release Date:

30 November 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Behind Enemy Lines See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,736,133, 2 December 2001

Gross USA:

$58,856,790

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,753,202
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Matthew McConaughey turned down the lead role of Burnett. See more »

Goofs

Early on, the Serbian/rebel forces are shown communicating with each other with cellphones that did not have such capabilities at the time, esp. those in the technologically deficient regions depicted, and especially underground surrounded by concrete bunkers. See more »

Quotes

Ejup: Lokar's coming back here again, killing everyone.
Babic: It's true. Lokar killed everyone. Children and women. Buried them up in the hills.
Chris Burnett: In the hills? Yeah! I saw them, I saw the graves!
[Burnett has a flashback of the mass graves he encountered earlier]
Chris Burnett: Yes! I saw them! I saw the bodies in the hills. Tell them, I'm an American! I'm on your side!
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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 »

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References The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) See more »

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Behind the Times.
10 July 2004 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

Crazed action adrenaline rush has U.S. flight navigator Owen Wilson shot out of the sky, along with his partner, over war-torn Bosnia during the dead of winter. Wilson is the only survivor of the crash and he is forced to literally run away and hide from the enemy as he attempts to get back to safety. The military does not look to be any help until Wilson's superior (Gene Hackman) goes against protocol to get his man out safely. Leave your mind at the door when watching this special effects heavy effort. Director John Moore (who had previously directed action video games!?) seems to have trouble with plot and characterization. We are thus left with a lot of explosions and noise while Hackman's potentially interesting part gets demolished by an avalanche of old cliches and tiresome genre antics. 2.5 out of 5 stars.


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