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Behind Enemy Lines

Behind Enemy Lines

3.9 19
Director: John Moore, John Moore, Gene Hackman, Owen Wilson

Cast: John Moore, John Moore, Gene Hackman, Owen Wilson


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A television commercial for a Sega game system that aired during the 1999 MTV Music Video Awards landed debut director John Moore a gig behind the camera of this military action thriller. Owen Wilson stars as Lt. Chris Burnett, a naval aviator aboard the U.S.S. Carl Vinson who's frustrated with the strict "hands-off" political policies that prevent him from


A television commercial for a Sega game system that aired during the 1999 MTV Music Video Awards landed debut director John Moore a gig behind the camera of this military action thriller. Owen Wilson stars as Lt. Chris Burnett, a naval aviator aboard the U.S.S. Carl Vinson who's frustrated with the strict "hands-off" political policies that prevent him from experiencing combat against hostile Bosnian forces in his F/A-18 Superhornet jet. Burnett's commander, Admiral Reigert (Gene Hackman), thinks that the brash pilot doesn't have what it takes to be in the millitary, but the eager young officer soon gets the chance to prove his mettle. While conducting a routine photographic reconnaissance over a remote area of the Balkans, Burnett captures grisly images that serve as proof of genocidal crimes, but his plane is blown out of the sky. He's soon pursued on the ground by the forces of Lokar (Olek Krupa), a Serbian paramilitary leader intent on covering up unthinkable crimes, while Reigert defies the NATO orders of his superior (Joaquim de Almeida) and risks his career to mount a covert rescue mission. Behind Enemy Lines (2001), the first of two back-to-back releases starring Wilson and Hackman (the other being The Royal Tenenbaums), also stars David Keith, Gabriel Macht, and Charles Malik Whitfield.

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Barnes & Noble
A realistically staged war drama that provides rousing entertainment without falling back on stock characters or jingoistic platitudes, Behind Enemy Lines is both gritty and suspenseful. It’s also a showcase for Owen Wilson, heretofore associated primarily with comedies. He’s unexpectedly sympathetic as Chris Burnett, a cocky naval aviator bored with uneventful reconnaissance missions. One such foray over war-torn Bosnia ends with Chris being shot down and pursued by enemy soldiers, and he’s left to fend for himself in hostile territory while his tough-as-nails commanding officer, Reigert (Gene Hackman), mounts a rescue effort. The script allows tensions to escalate along parallel lines: Wilson’s attempt to stay ahead of his pursuers becomes increasingly desperate, and Hackman is frustrated by the necessity of securing clearance for his politically sensitive incursion. Director John Moore (He Shoots, He Scores) limns the Bosnian conflict in harrowing detail, and the atrocities he pictures will certainly unsettle some viewers. But what makes Behind Enemy Lines so entertaining is the story’s underlying reinforcement of the American military’s dedication and resolve. In a commentary for the DVD, Moore and producers John Davis and Wick Godfrey explain the challenges they faced in getting the film made. The disc also includes a behind-the-scenes featurette and three deleted scenes.
New York Times
Provides about as intense an immersion in military ambience as a Hollywood movie could hope to provide in just over 90 minutes. Stephen Holden
New York Post
A slickly entertaining war movie that's sometimes striking, sometimes silly -- but never, ever boring. Lou Lumenick

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20th Century Fox
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[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Commentary by director John Moore and editor Martin Smith; Commentary by producers John Davis and Wyck Godfrey; Theatrical trailer in high definition

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Hackman Reigart
Owen Wilson Lt. Chris Burnett
Gabriel Macht Stackhouse
Charles Malik Whitfield Rodway
Joaquim de Almeida Piquet
David Keith O'Malley
Olek Krupa Lokar
Vladimir Mashkov Tracker
Marko Ogonda Bazda

Technical Credits
John Moore Director
John Moore Director
Stephanie Austin Executive Producer
Craig Berkey Set Decoration/Design
T. Alex Blum Co-producer
Nathan Crowley Production Designer
John Davis Producer
Don Davis Score Composer
Brendan Galvin Cinematographer
Wyck Godfrey Executive Producer
Zak Penn Screenwriter
Paul Martin Smith Editor
John Thomas Original Story
James Thomas Original Story
David Veloz Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Behind Enemy Lines
1. Cease Fire (Main Titles)
2. A Fragile Treaty
3. The Letter
4. Christmas Reconnaissance
5. Eyes in the Sky
6. Sam Attack
7. Bailout
8. Archangel Down
9. The Executioners
10. Calling for Help
11. Stand Down
12. Prey
13. Evade and Survive
14. Dead Man
15. A Complicated Situation
16. The Minefield
17. Five Clicks More
18. Piquet Takes Over
19. The Muslims
20. Hell in Hac
21. Mission Scrubbed
22. Burnett's Choice
23. The Homing Beacon
24. One Step From Death
25. Duel
26. Battleground
27. A Change of Heart
28. Epilogue/End Titles


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Behind Enemy Lines 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film starkly portrays the grim, haphazard terror of the Bonsnia Conflict. Well acted with Hackman and Wilson. The sniper pursuer stalks Wilson day and night across an unforgiving mountainous terrain, never diverting from his primary mission of ensuring Wilson is dead. The heart thumps continue right up to the dramatic conclusion. Worthy of a view. Don't miss it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is amazing,one of the 10 best Ive ever seen.No flaws at all..Owen Wilson is ready to explode.I am a movie nut and I cant wait to buy this movie on Tuesday
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thought I was going to hate this movie but it really surprised me. I'm not usually very impressed with action movies but this one actually got me excited. This movie's actions sequences are just so intense.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Man thats was good> I'm into all the action movies and I'm just a girl but hey I know good when I see good! AWESOME!!!! And Owen Nelson is sooooooo fine!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This move was absolutely terrible. The acting sucked and the guy just won't die. He's like superman. This movie has almost no realism in it. The acting was very poor and I never wanna see it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Behind Enemy Lines is a good action movie but the story wasn't very good. I couldn't stand the way it was filmed, it was too hard to understand. I give it a C-.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is reminiscent of Capt. Scott O'Grady's rescue (the book/autobio, ''Return With Honor'') after being shot down in Bosnia in 1995. It's been a while since I've read the book, both the movie and the book have their grittier parts, and there are more explosions in the movie. LOL I enjoyed it...then again, I'm always up for a war/military movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie, while not exactly a favorite of women will definetly be enjoyed by men. To graphic for younger kids, this is definatly 17 and older. The slow motion grenade exploding looks fantastic and the effects during the plane scene are worth the money alone. Kind of like how u buy the Matrix to watch the action scenes. Same difference.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best movies I ever saw. It was a great action movie and I wish it never ended. Definitely a must-see movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Behind Enemy Lines is one of the best action movies I have ever seen. But it isn't just an action movie. The location (Bosnia) is so well-researched and the scenes are planned out to the last detail. I felt like I was watching a movie at certain moments, and a documentary at others. The beautiful forests of the region in a serene winterscape were juxtaposed to war-ravaged post-apocalyptic settings where buildings are hardly recognizable, children play in landmine fields, and mass graves are everywhere. While the film really does tug on our nationalistic heartstrings, it delivers a very optimistic and humanitarian message in the end. I would recommend this film highly. It speaks to current events and some of the issues we are all thinking about right now, it gives the heroes of the US army much-due credit, not just for their militarism, but for their humanity. And, even if you could care less about all that - it is beautifully filmed and thoroughly a joy to watch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie barrowed the cinematography style of Saving private ryan and added an outlandish plot. Don¿t get me wrong I personal like the high contrast style of S.P.R. and the documentary style it lends its self to however the end of this movie is forecasted and lends its self to the silly. How many times do I get to watch inept bad guys shoot a thousand bullets at the lone good guy and miss. I like a happy ending I do not like a spoiled one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every once in a while, a movie comes along that changes the way movies are made. This movie isn't it, but it's pretty close, as far as war movies go. Wilson's character is stuck behind enemy lines, and Hackman's has to get him out. That's the plot. In a nutshell. There are holes here and there, but the action in the movie covers most of them up. One of the things I really enjoyed in this movie was the camera angles. Makes for a good war movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great movie for anybody who enjoys action and suspense. It shows the bravery and courage that our military goes through to help keep people free. Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman do an awesome job in their acting roles and get you into the movie. This movie will leave you gasping for breath.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie taks you on the trip of a lifetime. It makes yo feel like your there. The story of betrayal, death and doing what is right.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome movie. It really showed how aweful the Bosnian siege was. The land scape scenery was really beautiful. I would recommend this movie to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone who knows anything about the military would say this movie is so hokey it's actually funny. Laughing is the only reaction it gave me when I saw it in the theatre. Good action, bull*%$ story line.
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