Behind Enemy Lines

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Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

Behind Enemy Lines is a 2001 action film that stars Owen Wilson as a US Navy radar intercept officer who must evade enemy forces after his F/A-18 Hornet is shot down over Bosnia. Gene Hackman co-stars as the US Navy Admiral who leads the rescue mission to retrieve his downed officer (an interesting bit of trivia: Hackman once portrayed a downed pilot behind enemy lines in the Vietnam War film BAT*21). The film would help launch a series of similarly themed DTV films: Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil, Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia and Seal Team 8: Behind Enemy Lines.


The following weapons were used in the film Behind Enemy Lines:

Contents


Handguns

Beretta 92SB

Both Lieutenant Jeremy Stackhouse (Gabriel Macht) and LT Chris Burnett (Owen Wilson) carry Beretta 92SB handguns as their sidearms. When the two of them first eject over Bosnia after their F/A-18F Super Hornet is shot down, Stackhouse is discovered by the Serbs. They take his weapon and question him. After that, a Serb sniper named Sasha (Vladimir Mashkov) is seen taking Stackhouse's Beretta. Sasha later tries to use the Beretta to shoot at Burnett when he is discovered. Burnett later uses his own Beretta 92SB to shoot at Sasha near the end of the film. This model of the Beretta won the Air Force trials, but is not accurately portrayed as used in the film due to it. Burnett being a Navy pilot, would rather have been issued the SIG-Sauer M11 (the US military designation for the SIG-Sauer P228). Note how it has a rounded trigger guard front. The later models such as the 92F and 92FS would incorporate the curved trigger guard later on.

Beretta 92SB - 9x19mm
LT Jeremy Stackhouse (Gabriel Macht) with his Beretta holstered.
Sasha firing Stackhouse's Beretta 92SB
LT Burnett firing his Beretta 92SB. In the scene that Burnett fires his SB, he fires off 12 rounds.

Beretta 92FS

In addition to the Beretta 92SB's mentioned above, a few Beretta 92FS pistols can also be seen, most notably when the Marines are gearing up for the rescue mission aboard the Carl Vinson.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm
A U.S. Marine checks his Beretta 92FS while preparing for the rescue mission

CZ 75B

The Serbians use CZ 75B handguns as their sidearms. It is most notably seen when Sasha (Vladimir Mashkov) uses his to fire at Burnett when he is first discovered by the Serbs. He also uses it later on to detonate an unexploded landmine. Burnett also takes this gun from Sasha to protect himself while getting the pictures from the ejected seat.

CZ 75B - 9x19mm
Sasha fires his CZ 75B and Stackhouse's Beretta 92SB at LT Burnett
Miroslav Lokar brandishes his CZ 75B

CZ 52

In the scene were LT Burnett enters the mall that the Serbian troops are attacking, he enters an area where several Bosniaks are hiding, one of them questions him while holding a CZ 52 up to his chest before the area is hit by a round fired by a Serbian tank.

CZ 52 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
The guerilla leader holds a CZ 52 on LT Burnett

Sniper Rifles

SIG-Sauer SSG 3000

Throughout the film, Sasha can be seen carrying a SIG-Sauer SSG 3000 sniper rifle with a Harris bipod as his main weapon, firing on Burnett with it several times as he pursues him across Bosnia.

SIG-Sauer SSG 3000 - 7.62x51mm NATO with Harris bipod
Sasha fires his SIG SSG 3000 at Burnett.

CZ 700 Sniper Rifle

At the end of the film when Burnett is being rescued by the U.S. Marines, A Serb sniper with a heavily camouflaged CZ 700 sniper rifle attempts to shoot Burnett while he's running back to the helicopters, but before he can fire, he is taken out by a Marine sniper. The movie was made in Slovakia and they used the weapons that are in that country, except for a few possibly Yugo AK's for the Serbs.

CZ 700 7.62x51mm NATO with Parker & Hale bipod
A Serbian sniper takes aim with a CZ 700 sniper rifle
Another shot of the Serbian sniper, with a better view of his rifle's receiver.

Remington 700PSS

The Remington 700PSS sniper rifle also appears in the film carried by U.S Marines (the rifle is probably meant as a substitute for the M40 sniper rifle, the one actually used by the USMC) One of the French Special Forces Troop in the Savior Six helicopter can be seen holding what appears to be a Remington as well. Serb soldiers in several scenes also carry the sniper rifle.

Remington 700PSS sniper rifle - 7.62x51mm NATO with Leupold Mark 4 scope and Harris bipod
The Serbian soldier to the right of Bazda has a Remington 700PSS sniper rifle in this scene.
The French soldier in the back has what appears to be the Remington.
The Marine on the left engages a Serbian sniper with a Remington 700PSS

SVD Dragunov

Another Weapon of the Serbs is the SVD Dragunov Sniper Rifle. It is briefly seen in the hands of several of the troops chasing Burnett into the graves, and is used by a sniper during the climax of the film.

SVD Dragunov Sniper Rifle - 7.62x54mm R
The Serb in the middle of this group has an SVD Dragunov
During the final firefight, a sniper can be seen using an SVD Dragunov
A close up of the SVD Dragunov.

Submachine Guns

Heckler & Koch MP5A3

Several of the Serbian soldiers seen throughout the film can be seen carrying Heckler & Koch MP5A3's. These weapons can also be seen in the hands of French Special Forces soldiers and US Marines during the rescue mission, with Navy trigger groups.

Heckler & Koch MP5A3 - 9x19mm
A Serb firing a Heckler & Koch MP5A3 in the air
A Serbian soldier with a Heckler & Koch MP5A3
Heckler & Koch MP5A3 9x19mm with Navy trigger group
The Marine on the left can be seen armed with a Heckler & Koch MP5A3

Heckler & Koch MP5K

The general of the Serbian troops, Miroslav Lokar (Olek Krupa) carries a Heckler & Koch MP5K with extended barrel throughout the film.

Heckler & Koch MP5K - 9x19mm
Miroslav Lokar firing his Heckler & Koch MP5K at the end of the film
Miroslav Lokar questioning LT Stackhouse (Gabriel Macht) with his Heckler & Koch MP5K slung

Assault Rifles/Carbines

AK-47

While hunting for Burnett, at least one Serbian soldier can be seen carrying an AK-47 rifle. Several can also be seen in the opening scene when the Serbian solders were planting trees on the graves.

AK-47 - 7.62x39mm
The Serbian soldier in the middle can be seen carrying an AK-47 while hunting for LT Burnett. This shot is reversed as this image has the selector on the left side of the receiver.

Zastava M70AB2

During flashbacks to the ethnic cleansing scene that took place at the beginning of the film, several Serbian soldiers can be seen using Zastava M70AB2 assault rifles to slaughter civilians that would fill the mass grave Burnett and Stackhouse are later shot down for discovering. The M70 is the Yugoslav AKM copy and differs primarily in that it has a folding sight for launching grenades in front of the gas tube, which is clearly visible in the screencap below. The B1 is fixed stock and the B2 is folding stock.

Zastava M70AB2 - 7.62x39mm
Croatian soldiers chamber their Zastava M70AB2 rifles in a flashback to the ethnic cleansing scene; note the blank fire adapter clearly visible on the muzzle. This is actually a scene taken from the film Savior

AKM

Many of the Serb soldiers can be seen with AKM rifles throughout the film. A couple are also seen being carried by guerrilla fighters Burnett encounters, including Babic (Kamil Kollarik), a young Bosniak who accompanies Burnett in his attempt to reach the extraction point. Burnett also commandeers one of these weapons from a dead Serbian soldier and uses it for the remainder of the film.

AKM - 7.62x39mm
Babic(left) holding an AKM rifle after picking Burnett up
Burnett with an AKM

SA Vz.58

Along with the AK-series rifles, many of the Serbian soldiers can also be seen carrying SA Vz.58 assault rifles, both the fixed-stock Vz.58 and folding-stock Vz.58V, most notably in the scene where Burnett is navigating the minefield. A trio of Serbian soldiers brandishing SA Vz.58 rifles spot him and give chase, unaware of the minefield until they trigger it, killing them and destroying their rifles after he stepped the trip wire and broken the Vz.58 rifle.

SA Vz.58 - 7.62x39mm
Serbian soldiers armed with SA Vz.58 rifles
SA Vz.58V - 7.62x39mm
A Serb takes aim with an SA Vz.58V before setting off several land mines
The remains of one of the Serbs' SA Vz.58V rifles after being destroyed by the minefield detonation

AKMSU

Yet another weapon used by the Serbians is the AKMSU carbine. It is carried by Bazda (Marko Igonda) most of the time.

AKMSU Krinkov - 7.62x39mm. This is a blank adapted full auto transferable AKM (7.62x39mm) pistol that was converted into a Krinkov via parts kit.
To the right: Bazda has an AKMSU

FAMAS-F1

The FAMAS-F1 can be seen briefly in the hands of the French Special Forces troops in the Savior Six helicopter.

GIAT FAMAS F1 - 5.56x45mm
The French soldier closest to the right has a FAMAS.

M16A2

In several scenes, U.S. Marines can be seen armed with M16A2 assault rifles, most notably at the climax of the film, when Marine forces rescue Burnett (Owen Wilson).

M16A2 - 5.56x45mm
A U.S. Marine checks his M16A2 prior to the rescue mission

M16A1 (With M16A2 Handguards)

Some of the "M16A2s" used by the Marines are actually M16A1s fitted with A2-style handguards.

M16A1 with A2 style handguards - 5.56x45mm
U.S. Marines firing their "M16A2" rifles from a Huey helicopter during the rescue mission. If you enlarge this image to full-size, it's possible to see that the M16s have thinner barrels with no brass deflectors or elevation-adjustable rear sights; this means that they are M16A1s with A2 hand guards, standing in for the M16A2.

Machine Guns

Browning M2HB

In the scene where Stackhouse is captured, some of the Serbian vehicles arriving on the scene can be seen with American-made Browning M2HB heavy machine guns mounted on them.

Browning M2HB - .50 BMG in vehicle mount
A Browning M2HB manned by a Serb in the back of a Russian-made UAZ-469 jeep
A masked Serb mans the M2.

GE M134 Minigun

When the U.S Marines rescue Burnett at the end of the film, several UH-1 Huey Gunship helicopters armed with GE M134 Miniguns can be seen firing at the Serbian forces trying to kill Burnett.

GE M134 Minigun - 7.62x51mm NATO
A GE M134 Minigun on the side of a UH-1 Huey Gunship firing

M60D

When the U.S. Marines rescue Burnett at the end of the film, several M60D machine guns can be seen door-mounted in UH-1 Huey Gunship helicopters.

M60D machine gun - 7.62x51mm NATO
An M60D machine gun can be seen behind Captain Glen Brandon (Laurence Mason) just before he fast-ropes to get Burnett.

NSV

In some scenes, a few of the T72 tanks operated by the Serbians can be seen with NSV heavy machine guns mounted on the Tank Commander's hatch on top of the turret.

Tripod-mounted NSV heavy machine gun - 12.7x107mm
A Serbian T72 fitted with an NSV heavy machine gun on the Commander's hatch

RPD

During the climax of the film, an RPD light machine gun can briefly be seen being fired by one of the Serbs.

RPD light machine gun - 7.62x39mm
The prone soldier in the bottom-left of the shot is armed with an RPD light machine gun
Closeup of the muzzle of a Serbian RPD light machine gun

Other

RPG-7

When Burnett is sneaking out of the town disguised as a Serbian soldier, one of the other soldiers he passes is carrying an RPG-7 slung on his back. Only the rear end of the launcher is visible, but given the filming location, it is likely that this is a genuine RPG-7 and not the Chinese Type 69 RPG clone.

RPG-7 - 40mm
The Serbian soldier with the cigarette in his mouth can be seen carrying an RPG-7 slung on his back

M61 Vulcan

The M61 Vulcan appears in the film as the secondary armament of the F/A-18F Super Hornet piloted by the protagonists when they are shot down over Bosnia, although the weapon is not shown being fired since the pilots were conducting a reconnaissance mission at the time and not a combat mission.

M61 Vulcan - 20mm
A closeup of the nose of Burnett & Stackhouse's F/A-18F Super Hornet, showing the firing port for the M61 Vulcan

Phalanx CIWS

In some shots of the USS Carl Vinson, some of the ship's Phalanx CIWS turrets can be seen, though are never fired during the film.

Phalanx CIWS - 20mm
One of the Carl Vinson's port-side Phalanx turrets can be seen near the bottom of the image

M53/59 Praga Anti-Aircraft Gun

When Burnett is discovered following Stackhouse's execution and the Serbs open fire on him, one of the weapons the Serbs fire at him is an M53/59 Praga twin-barreled 30mm anti-aircraft gun.

A Serbian soldier fires on Burnett with an M59/59 Praga anti-aircraft gun

PROM-1 Anti-Personnel Mine

The mine Bazda steps on in the forest which is implied to be a pressure release detonated device appears to be a Yugoslavian PROM-1 anti-personnel mine, with the distinctive pronged tilt trigger of that weapon. If so, this is an error; the PROM-1's detonator is triggered by tilting the prongs, and the mine's bounding charge explodes around one second after the striker is released. The minefield Burnett is navigating when the Serbs chasing him set it off is comprised of numerous PROM-1 mines with tripwires crisscrossing the field. The detonation of the mines is falsely shown to be a directional blast, more akin to that of the American M18A1 Claymore. Strangely enough, right when Burnett stands up after the blasts an implied dud mine is shown with detonator missing, but body still showing. the body seems to be of the POMD-1 mine, while all the detonators used in the movie are that of the PROM-1 mine.

PROM-1 Anti-Personnel Mine
The exposed detonator and tripwire of a PROM-1 mine in the minefield Burnett navigates
Bazda steps on a PROM-1 mine


See Also

The Behind Enemy Lines Film Franchise
Behind Enemy Lines (2001)  •  Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil (2006)  •  Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia (2009)  •  Seal Team 8: Behind Enemy Lines (2014)


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