Behind Enemy Lines

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): John Moore
Production: 20th Century Fox
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

(reporter) The much-criticized Cincinnati

Accord has brought a cease-fire to Bosnia,

and it appears to be holding, prompting

NATO forces to begin a withdrawal,

which should be complete by New Year's Day,

close to the US president's

"Home by the holidays" pledge.

Yet even as the conflict winds down,

the US military remains in a high state

of readiness, eager to answer the call.

(radio) Golden Eagle, this is Hawkeye. I've got

unknown rider not responding to coms.

Suspect hostile intent.

Unclassified bandit.

Launch the alert. Launch the alert.

Sailors, let's move it out there. We need

to get this aircraft airborne in five minutes.

- Nose wheel.

- Check.

- Gun-blast diffuser.

- Clear.

- Right intake. Left intake.

- Check. Check.

- Ejection seat is safe. Arm handle.

- Copy. I show safe.

- Com IFF.

- Up and up. Let's go. Move it.

- DDI, MPCD and ETD.

- Go flight.


- It's all green across the board.

- OK for start.

- Copy. OK for start.

- OK, right throttle, 15 per cent.

- Copy, 15 per cent. Go for two.

Two is up. ECS turbine is online.

Copy. Nozzle coming in at 73 per cent.

- Good to go.

- Copy. Good to go.

That's a NATO bird. Stand it down.

Cat four, abort.

- What?

- That's bullshit! Are you kidding me?

Abort, abort. Suspend cat four.

Launch is canceled.

- Guys, come on. That's twice today.

- Yeah.

They're wound up tight today.

Guess that's the price of peace.

I cannot wait for this sh*t to be done.


Four more days.

You know what I was reading the other day?

Bill Gates has more money than Peru.

Now, he needs someone to fly his jets.

We oughta be flyin' for him.

Yeah, but you know what?

I bet Bill won't let you fly upside down.

Or fly for a rock star. I mean, if anybody

needs a good pilot, it's those guys.

Whenever you turn around we've lost another

band to some shitty hack they got flyin' 'em.

I mean, it's sad.

Navy pilot coulda saved Ritchie Valens

from bein' a one-hit wonder. That's a fact.

Cos that kid had talent.

You know, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Buddy Holly...

- What about John Denver?

- Well, let's not get carried away.

Let me ask you something. How fast

do you think we're headed into the wind?

Chris, we're still on alert. If Reigart

wanders up to the tower, we're dead.

All right, let's do it.

That's the spirit.

- Rutherford. Right here.

- Incoming!

You guys ready for a little lesson in physics?

You never learn, kid.

I'm gonna take your money this week.

Wind's blowin' up a gale.

I bet you 20 bucks each

I catch it when it comes back.

- Man, you'll lose a finger along with that 20.

- This one?

All right.

Always happy to take an officer's money.

("What'd I Say" by Ray Charles)

Hey, mama, don't you treat me wrong

Come and love your daddy all night long

All right now...

Look at that, Stackhouse! Look!

That is awesome!

Hey, watch out for the catwalk!

Well, tell me what'd I say, yeah

Tell me what'd I say right now

Tell me what'd I say

Tell me what'd I say right now

Tell me what'd I say

Tell me what'd I say...


On the flight deck, heads up.

NATO helo landing spot six. Spot six.

This is a lot of sorties for an action

that's winding down, Leslie.

I'm struggling to get my pilots

You understand how important it is that your

pilots don't stray from the agreed fly zones?

- This treaty is fragile.

- The routes will be flown as ordered.

The treaty depends on it.

Aernout Van Lynden. He's with Sky News.

- What is this?

- I invited him to report on the battle group.

I'd like you to give him a tour of the ship.

Show him how everything works.

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