2001   USA Behind Enemy Lines
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Director:John Moore
Studio:20th Century Fox
Writer:Jim Thomas, John Thomas
IMDb Rating:6.2 (39,068 votes)
Awards:1 win & 2 nominations
Genre:Action, Thriller, War
Duration:105 min
John Moore  ...  (Director)
Jim Thomas, John Thomas  ...  (Writer)
Joaquim de Almeida  ...  Admiral Piquet (as Joaquim De Almeida)
Gene Hackman  ...  Admiral Leslie McMahon Reigart
Olek Krupa  ...  Miroslav Lokar
David Keith  ...  Master Chief Tom O'Malley
Vladimir Mashkov  ...  Sasha
Owen Wilson  ...  Lt. Chris Burnett
Gabriel Macht  ...  Stackhouse
Charles Malik Whitfield  ...  Capt. Rodway, USMC
Marko Igonda  ...  Bazda
Eyal Podell  ...  Petty Officer Kennedy
Geoffrey Pierson  ...  Admiral Donnelly (as Geoff Pierson)
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
Brendan Galvin  ...  Cinematographer
Geoff Pierson  ...  Admiral Donnelly
Comments: In War There Are Some Lines You Should Never Cross.

Summary: Smart casting and sensible plotting make Behind Enemy Lines an above-average military thriller. Perfectly timed to bolster patriotism, the film is partly set (during a hypothetical "day after tomorrow") on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Carl Vinson, which was on alert status in the Persian Gulf when this film was released. Proving his versatility as an unconventional movie star, Owen Wilson plays a navy navigator who is shot down over Bosnia during a reconnaissance mission. Pursued by rebel Serbian forces, Wilson must fight for survival while his commanding officer (Gene Hackman) plots a daredevil rescue. After a successful career in TV commercials, Irish director John Moore makes a promising feature debut on Slovakian locations, borrowing a few techniques from Saving Private Ryan while adding impressive flourishes of his own. The gung-ho ending's a foregone conclusion, but it works like a charm after the movie's exciting game of cat and mouse. --Jeff Shannon

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