Behind Enemy Lines


Behind Enemy Lines

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The plot for Behind Enemy Lines is more jingoistic than credible, and the overload of flashy visual tricks makes the action sequences resemble a video game.



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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 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. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi


Owen Wilson
as Lt. Chris Burnett
Gene Hackman
as Adm. Reigart
Gabriel Macht
as Stackhouse
David Keith
as O'Malley
Eyal Podell
as Petty Officer Kennedy
Geoffrey Pierson
as Adm. Donnelly
Sam Jaeger
as Red Crown Operator No. 1
Shane Mikael Johnson
as Red Crown Operator No. 2
Don Winston
as Red Crown Operator No. 3
Elizabeth Perry
as Red Crown Operator No. 4
Igor Hajdarhodzic
as Serb Spotter
Tarik Filipovic
as Serb Soldier
Peter Palka
as Serb Soldier at Lokar's Mansion
Todd Boyce
as Junior Officer
Leon Russom
as Ed Burnett
Goran Grgic
as Technician
Ivan Urbanek
as Father in Minefield
Ismet Bagtasevic
as Muslim Passenger
Kamil Mikulcik
as Tiger No. 1
Vedrana Seksan
as Serb Anchor
Filip Nola
as Serb Soldier at Mass Grave
Bumper Robinson
as SCIF Technician
Ann Sorum
as Mom Burnett
George Davis
as Sky News Cameraman
Tom Mooney
as Carrier Commanding Officer
Mark Bocchetti
as Navy Rep.
Lucia Srncova
as Muslim Girl
Daniel Margolius
as Muslim Teenager
Robert Franko
as Tiger No. 2
Lukas Hoffman
as Tiger No. 3
Jared Chandler
as Piquet's Aide
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  • Jun 20, 2016
    This is a pretty underrated film, in my opinion. It's pretty interesting to see Owen Wilson in a role other than the wise cracking jokester. He plays a Navy pilot that is shot down over enemy territory and is chased by a secret government agent and opposing troops. Gene Hackman provides a passionate performance as Wilson's commanding officer. Pretty enjoyable.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 10, 2011
    Behind Enemy Lines is a decent action film. The film is a departure for Owen Wilson who has worked exclusively in the comedy genre. Behind Enemy Lines is not a perfect film, but for what it is, the film succeeds somewhat at being entertaining despite the fact that the film at times fails at displaying a conventional, believable plot. If you can forget that aspect of the film, you may be able to enjoy it. I did like the film, but it's not one of those films that I'll watch again anytime soon. The film is entertaining for what it is, but it never does succeed at being an effective and good action that will really astound you. Owen Wilson is decent here, and Gene Hackman is wasted here however. The film could have been much better than this, but for the most part, it's a pleasant time waster that does entertain despite its somewhat ludicrous plot. The film is nothing I'd call great, but for what it is, it succeeds at being mindless entertainment. Behind Enemy Lines is a popcorn flick pure and simple. Though this film could have been better, Behind Enemy Lines is a decent film that manages to entertain, and be mindless, fun entertainment. The film could have been worse, but the end result is a decent action film that delivers some decent action despite the fact that the film lacks any strong plot development to really make this a memorable action film to watch. Worth watching at least once.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • May 21, 2011
    Directed by John Moore, and starring Gene Hackman and Owen Wilson. The film is centered on the story of an American naval flight officer who was shot down over Bosnia and ends up uncovering a massacre during the Bosnian conflict. The plot itself is loosely based on the Mrkonji? Grad incident that occurred in 1995 amid the war.Stunning battle scenes and the incredible eject sequence.Good movie, video-clip style.
    Andre T Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2011
    I really liked this film. It is entertaining and a decent retelling of the classic "good guy running from the bad guy and being rescued by the other good guys.
    Mouhannad S Super Reviewer

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