Behind Enemy Lines

November 30, 2001 0 By Fans
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Owen Wilson starsStill of Owen Wilson in Behind Enemy LinesIn a race against time and a deadly enemy, Burnett (OWEN WILSON) and Babic (KAMIL KOLLARIK) traverse a Bosnian forest. Still of Owen Wilson in Behind Enemy LinesStill of Gene Hackman in Behind Enemy LinesOn location in Slovakia, OWEN WILSON (left) confers with director JOHN MOORE on the set of BEHIND ENEMY LINES.


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.

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 6.2/10 (45,465 voted)

Critic's Score: 49/100

John Moore

Stars: Gene Hackman, Owen Wilson, Gabriel Macht

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.

Writers: Jim Thomas, John Thomas


Owen Wilson

Lt. Chris Burnett

Gene Hackman

Admiral Leslie McMahon Reigart

Gabriel Macht


Charles Malik Whitfield

Capt. Rodway, USMC

David Keith

Master Chief Tom O'Malley

Olek Krupa

Miroslav Lokar

Joaquim de Almeida

Admiral Piquet

(as Joaquim De Almeida)

Vladimir Mashkov


Marko Igonda


Eyal Podell

Petty Officer Kennedy

Geoff Pierson

Admiral Donnelly

Aernout Van Lynden

Aernout Van Lynden

Sam Jaeger

Red Crown Operator #1

Shane Johnson

Red Crown Operator #2

(as Shane Mikael Johnson)

Don Winston

Red Crown Operator #3

Mission: to evade and survive


Official Website:
Fox |

Release Date: 30 November 2001

Filming Locations: Koliba Studios, Bratislava, Slovakia

Box Office Details

Budget: $40,000,000


Opening Weekend: $18,736,133
(2 December 2001)
(2770 Screens)

Gross: $59,068,786
(21 April 2002)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Branko Tomovic was considered for the role of Bazda.


Errors in geography:
When Burnett sits in the back of the pick-up truck you can see yellow road marking lines. In Bosnia, where the story takes place, these lines are white, not yellow.


Chris Burnett:
[to Reigart]
Sir, I signed up to be a fighter pilot. I didn't want to be a cop. And I certainly didn't want to go walking a beat on a neighborhood nobody cares about.

User Review

A superb and touching action film…

Rating: 8/10

These are my first comments here on Imdb, although I've rated dozens of
films. I usually don't do this, since I think there are much more
people out there than myself. This is a rare exception, since this
particular film depicts events which recently took place in my country and
some neighboring ones. Furthermore, the majority of the cast is from
Slavic countries, mine included (Croatia).

All in all I liked the film very much. I gave it 8/10. The action
and visual effects are superb. The American cast is average, but good.
However, it's the other cast that really excels. The 2 factions in the
war-torn Bosnia are depicted superbly. Especially the "bad guys". To be
to appreciate this to the full extent, unfortunately, you'd have to live
here for some time and get to know the mentality of the Balkan peoples.
seen the DVD edition, which is excellent in itself and remember a
commentary on their choice of cast. He said that they chose Slavic actors
because they would never get the same character expression with American
ones. That is perfectly true. Not because ones are better in acting than
others, but it's the question of the underlining mentality. It's very
difficult for people brought up in countries which have known democratic
societies for many generations to imagine how it is to be surrounded by
atrocities in a relatively small geographic area and all happening at the
turn of the millennium. The mixture is very strange and produces some
bizarre situations, saturated with dark humor. Like the scene where the
American pilot asks Bosnian teenagers for some water, and they give him
instead. Or where children routinely cross over anti-personnel mines.
Similar situations really did occur many times in such a surrounding.

My point is that the film does get superficial and even shallow sometimes,
but in all the director and the crew did a terrific job seen from the
of view I'd just explained. Even the character lines (in perfect local
dialect) are so real that my wife and I forgot it's an American film when
watched it… Indeed a rare combination of great action sequences and
touching scenes in a local warfare.