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Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

Duration 1h 46m Rating (UK) 12
Source of story Loosely based on the experiences of US Air Force Captain Scott O’Grady who was shot down over Bosnia in 1995
Writers/Script David Veloz, Zak Penn (story by Jim and John Thomas)
Additional Info Scott O’Grady sued the makers of the film saying that the portrayal of his character was inappropriate. There was an out of court settlement.
Director John Moore
Starring Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman, Gabriel Macht, Joaquim de Almeida, David Keith plus some Croatians and Russians
Elevator Pitch When a Navy reconnaissance aircraft is shot down over Bosnia during the Balkan conflict, by Serbian ground forces after they think it has photographed a mass grave, the crew must attempt to survive and contact their aircraft carrier in order to be rescued. The injured pilot is brutally executed and the navigator realises the he must go on the run, and that his contacts with the carrier are being monitored by the forces pursuing him. Will he survive?
Content On the carrier, the navigator is at odds with the admiral in charge; terrific scenes of the aircraft attempting to evade the SAM missiles; the survivor of the air crash goes on the run through the Serbian countryside and one town, while being chased by enemy forces, and particularly a man with a sniper rifle. He and others make their way through minefields and there are some explosions. Also quite a bit of gunfire sometimes involving tanks and other tracked vehicles. No sex nudity or drinking.
A View I’m a bit of a sucker for scenes involving jet aircraft, and I liked the ones in this movie, that said the antipathy between the admiral and the navigator was a bit half-hearted, but American audiences seem to have liked the jingoistic approach, which the critics did not like. I enjoyed it a bit more than I thought I would, so probably a watch for nothing.

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