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At Theaters: 11/30/2001 On Video: 4/23/2002
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 45 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 319904
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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A Navy pilot is shot down over enemy territory, and struggles to survive the relentless pursuit of a ruthless secret police enforcer, a deadly tracker, and countless hostile troops. With time running out, the injured pilot's commanding officer goes against orders to carry out a desperate rescue mission.
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Drama - A high action movie with lots of thrills and suspense. Sure to please most moviegoers. While it may appear to be a "guy's" movie, I believe most women will find it to be very entertaining.
NOTE: It does contain some unrealistic scenes such as the American pilot's ability to dodge bullets while easily killing the enemy. He also does some stupid things that easily expose him to the enemy as he is trying to flee from them. I'm sure a real military person wouldn't act this way.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Owen Wilson SHANGHAI NOON, THE MINUS MAN, THE HAUNTING
Gene Hackman THE REPLACEMENTS, ENEMY OF THE STATE, ANTZ
Director: John Moore Feature Directorial Debut
Producer: John Davis DOCTOR DOLITTLE 2
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 10 GD's, 2 F-words, 19 S-words. Some milder ones.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: Not a lot of violence, but some is graphic.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: A high amount of war type action throughout.
COMEDY: Only a few mildly funny remarks.
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Below Average

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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Below Average "As steel-toed, tin-eared, flat-footed, jingoistic military thrillers go, Behind Enemy Lines marches in formation, clomping down familiar roads..''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Good "This thriller, which is constructed on the foundation of a time-honored formula, succeeds purely on its ability to generate an adrenaline rush. It also boasts the kind of ending that encourages an ovation from an enthusiastic audience. It's not great art, but it is effectively manipulative filmmaking, and offers a fairly uncomplicated portrait of individual heroism."

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Below Average "The premiere of "Behind Enemy Lines" was held aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. I wonder if it played as a comedy. Its hero is so reckless and its villains so incompetent that it's a showdown between a man begging to be shot, and an enemy that can't hit the side of a Bos-nian barn.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Below Average "Moved up from its original 2002 release date to capitalize on post-World Trade Center patriotic fervor, this military drama is essentially a Chuck Norris movie with trendy production values.''

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 263 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
37
Very High
97%
13-19Teens (F)
25
Very High
96%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
37
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
24
Very High
96%
30+Adults (M)
72
High
94%
30+Adults (F)
68
High
97%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Here's another prime example where the critics do not have the same opinion about a movie as the majority of moviegoers. Most critics rated this movie quite low.

NOT MOVIEGOERS! Even though this movie has some problems (unrealistic scenes), most moviegoers overlooked these problems and thoroughly enjoyed "Behind Enemy Lines." Neither age or gender seemed to make much difference in the opinions.

This is an easy movie to HIGHLY RECOMMEND to those who can overlook the movies flaws and just enjoy the adrenaline rush.

Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
GREAT MOVIE! Exciting and suspenseful. It's exactly what it appears to be from the previews. If you go to movies strictly to be entertained, you won't be disappointed. If you go looking for a new and refreshing story, this isn't it. It's pretty much a formula movie and therefore predictable, but it is entertaining.

I predict "Behind Enemy Lines" will receive very high opinions from both males and females of all ages.

NOTE: This movie contains some unrealistic scenes such as the American pilot's ability to dodge bullets while easily killing the enemy. He also does some stupid things that easily expose him to the enemy as he is trying to flee from them. I'm sure a real military person wouldn't act this way. If you can look past these shortcomings, I believe you will enjoy the movie very much.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Lieutenant Chris Burnett (Owen Wilson) is a top naval aviator who is frustrated that fragile geo-politics have kept him from what he knows best: flying F/A- 18 Superhornet jets into combat. "We're watching, not fighting," he tells Admiral Reigart (Gene Hackman), who thinks Burnett hasn't really learned what it means to be a soldier.

During a routine reconnaissance mission, Burnett photographs something no one was meant to see and is shot down. Trapped behind enemy lines, Burnett struggles to survive the relentless pursuit of a ruthless secret police enforcer, a deadly tracker, and countless hostile troops. With time running out, Reigart makes the wrenching decision to set aside the rules of the tightly-controlled world in which he operates and risks his career to launch a renegade rescue mission to save the life of one soldier.
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