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Behind Enemy Lines
Behind Enemy Lines is a 2001 action film that stars Owen Wilson as LT Chris Burnett, a US Navy radar intercept officer who must evade enemy forces after his F/A-18 Super Hornet is shot down over Bosnia. Gene Hackman co-stars as RADM Leslie McMahon Reigart, 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 was made with the cooperation of the US Navy. 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:
WARNING! THIS PAGE CONTAINS SPOILERS!
Both Lieutenant Jeremy Stackhouse (Gabriel Macht) and LT Chris Burnett (Owen Wilson) carry Beretta 92SB handguns as their sidearms. After ejecting over Bosnia after their F/A-18F Super Hornet is shot down, Stackhouse is discovered by members of the Bosnian Serb army (VRS) and a Bosnian Serb sniper named Sasha (Vladimir Mashkov) is seen taking his Beretta when he is questioned. 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 Burnett and Stackhouse, being Navy pilots, 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.
In addition to the Beretta 92SBs mentioned above, a few Beretta 92FS pistols can also be seen, most notably when the US Marines are gearing up for the rescue mission aboard the Carl Vinson.
The Bosnian Serbs 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 Bosnian 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 hard drive from the ejected seat.
In the scene were LT Burnett enters the mall that the Bosnian Serb 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 Bosnian Serb tank. It is accurate that a Bosniak guerilla could be carrying a Czechoslovak pistol, as Czechoslovakia was near Bosnia, and the CZ 52 was a pistol popular with several East Bloc countries. Also, the movie was filmed in Slovakia, which was once part of Czechoslovakia, where the CZ 52 originated.
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.
At the end of the film when Burnett is being rescued by the US Marines, A Bosnian 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 US Marine sniper. The movie was made in Slovakia and they used the weapons that are in that country, except for a few possibly Yugoslavian AKs for the Bosnian Serbs.
The Remington 700PSS also appears in the film carried by US 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 soldiers in the Savior Six helicopter (the call-sign being a reference to the film of the same name) can be seen holding what appears to be a Remington as well. Bosnian Serb soldiers in several scenes also carry the sniper rifle.
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.
Heckler & Koch MP5A3
Several of the Bosnian Serb soldiers seen throughout the film can be seen carrying Heckler & Koch MP5A3s. These weapons can also be seen in the hands of French special forces soldiers and US Marines during the rescue mission.
Heckler & Koch MP5K
The general of the Bosnian Serb troops, Miroslav Lokar (Olek Krupa) carries a Heckler & Koch MP5K with extended barrel throughout the film.
Assault Rifles / Carbines
While hunting for Burnett, at least one Bosnian Serb soldier can be seen carrying an AK-47 rifle. Several can also be seen in the opening scene when the Bosnian Serb solders were planting trees on the graves.
During flashbacks to the ethnic cleansing scene that took place at the beginning of the film, several Bosnian Serb 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.
Many of the Bosnian 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 Bosnian Serb soldier and uses it for the remainder of the film.
Sa vz. 58
Along with the AK-series rifles, many of the Bosnian Serb soldiers can also be seen carrying Sa vz. 58 assault rifles, both the fixed-stock vz. 58 P and the folding-stock vz. 58 V, most notably in the scene where Burnett is navigating the minefield. A trio of Bosnian Serb 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.
Yet another weapon used by the Bosnian Serbs is the AKMSU carbine. It is carried by Bazda (Marko Igonda) most of the time.
The FAMAS-F1 can be seen briefly in the hands of the French special forces soldiers in the "Savior Six" helicopter.
In several scenes, US Marines can be seen armed with M16A2 assault rifles, most notably at the climax of the film, when US Marine forces rescue Burnett (Owen Wilson).
M16A1 (With M16A2 Handguards)
Some of the "M16A2s" used by the US Marines are actually M16A1s fitted with A2-style handguards.
In the scene where Stackhouse is captured, some of the Bosnian Serb vehicles arriving on the scene can be seen with American-made Browning M2HB heavy machine guns mounted on them.
GE M134 Minigun
When the US 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 Bosnian Serb forces trying to kill Burnett.
When the US Marines rescue Burnett at the end of the film, several M60D machine guns can be seen door-mounted in UH-1 Huey Gunship helicopters.
In some scenes, a few of the T-72 tanks operated by the Bosnian Serbs can be seen with NSV heavy machine guns mounted on the tank commander's hatch on top of the turret.
During the climax of the film, an RPD light machine gun can briefly be seen being fired by one of the Serbs.
When Burnett is sneaking out of the town disguised as a Bosnian Serb 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.