Behind Enemy Lines

Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

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Corrected entry: In the scene where the on-board camera is activated to photograph troop movements, there is a cut to a close-up of a rectangular green indicator light labeled 'REC' switching on. The function of this indicator is to show that the radar system is in receive-only mode (to avoid detection). It is completely unrelated to any surveillance system which may be installed.

Correction: That Label "REC", it could also stand for "Record or Recording", right ? As in the images of troops movements and the mass grave site are now on that Digital Disk from the recording.


Corrected entry: The dropped fuel tanks would not have acted like they did. They are of a soft aluminum alloy and break apart on impact with the fuel flying everywhere. There would be no spark because the tank would not give one off. Also, the fuel is not 'jet fuel' as was once used. It is a diesel derivative that does not ignite when lit. This is a safety issue that all NATO forces use to prevent fires.

Correction: While you are correct that dropping aluminum fuel tanks would have not made a huge fireball like depicted in the movie, you are wrong about the fuel. US Navy planes burn JP-5, and it is not a diesel derivative, it is still kerosene based like all other jet fuels. JP-5 does have a flash point of 140 degrees fahrenheit, much higher than old school JP-4 (-35 degree flash point) and US Air Force JP-8 (100 degrees fahrenheit). However, your wording that it does "not ignite when lit" would seem to contradict the entire purpose of any fuel. Your basic objection is correct, but not your details.

Corrected entry: Owen Wilson is seen drinking from his canteen when he is suddenly shot at and forced to slide down a concrete wall. The canteen is never seen again until he takes another drink from it. Where was he hiding it? (00:38:10)

Correction: He "hides" it in the pocket he took it out from in the first place.


Corrected entry: Considering how thin is the ice on the lake at the end of the movie there is no way an airplane seat fallen from several hundred feet would not break right through.

Correction: The seat doesn't hit the ice on which Burnett walks over. The seat hits bare ground covered by snow, which can be seen when rocks fly up on impact.


Corrected entry: Early in the movie, when Gene Hackman is berating Owen Wilson for wanting to resign from the Navy, "Admiral" Hackman refers to the ship they are on as a boat. Not even an 18-year-old Seaman Apprentice fresh out of boot camp would make such a grievous error in basic naval terminology.

Correction: I'm in the Navy myself and people frequently refer to their ship as 'The Boat'. When my squadron deploys we all gripe about having to go back to 'The Boat.'

Correction: Any ship where a naval aviator has made an arrested landing on is called a "boat." The aviators have been saying this since the 1950s, because they know it annoys the rest of the crew.


Corrected entry: In the scene where the French commander lands on his chopper on board the carrier, you can see that the chopper is a SH-60 Seahawk and that it's carrying NATO markings. This is incorrect because the only aircraft that NATO operates are E-3C AWACS aircraft. They do not operate any other aircraft, especially not helicopters. In reality, the French commander would have arrived in a French helicopter (probably a Super Puma), as the French do not operate the SH-60 Seahawk.

Correction: Firstly, the Super Puma is not rated for landing on an American aircraft carrier. Regardless of the nature of the visit they would not allow any unknown aircraft or pilot to land on the aircraft carriers deck. Secondly, units are supplied to NATO for mission use from the various member countries. During these missions the markings would be changed to reflect the joint NATO operation.

Corrected entry: A trained US Naval aviator would not pull up to get away from a rocket missile because a Surface to Air missile will climb at least twice as fast as the depicted non-supersonic jet fighter. (00:21:15 - 00:22:40)

Correction: The jet Burnett and Stackhouse are flying is an F/A 18 Hornet, a supersonic aircraft capable of pulling off the manoeuvre described in the mistake with ease.

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Corrected entry: Just after the kids climb out of the water tank in the factories, there is a shot of Burnett as he turns to look at the soldiers in the truck. Look behind him, on the hillside there is a modern building with a white roof which does not suit the others. (00:55:55)

Correction: Where is the mistake? People build new homes all the time.

Corrected entry: When Admiral Reigart is talking to Lt Burnett in his office about Burnett's resignation papers, they talk about being at war or not. The admiral says that they are always at war unless tied up in San Diego bay. No ship that size would be in San Diego bay. They are based in San Diego Harbor. This is not a mistake the admiral would make.


Correction: Via wikipedia: facilities in San Diego Bay are the only remaining major naval base facilities still in operation in the entire State of California.

Corrected entry: After Burnett changes his uniform and runs away from the soldiers, he and the other man run to the pick up site just to watch the chopper turn around. During that time, the Bosnians release TV footage of a dead man telling Americans it's Burnett, and the American TV does a little news update about it. But the run only took them ten minutes, how could anyone have enough time to release news about it?

Correction: Burnett changes the uniform in the city (Hac) and then he runs away. After an unspecified period he find the other man (Ice Cube fan) in a forest, grab him and then run together for a while (again unspecified period). The assumption that it takes only 10 minutes is obviously wrong.

Corrected entry: When Burnett and Stackhouse eject from the jet, one of the seats (most likely Burnett's) lands with extreme force near the statue with half a face. But the pair seem to travel several miles away from there very quickly, and Burnett does not reach that place until the end of the film and many clicks later.


Correction: This is because he circled around back to the crash site, as stated earlier in the film. He was not traveling in a straight line.

Corrected entry: The landmines that both Owen Wilson and the Serbian soldier encounter are known as prom-1. These have a firing pin in them so when you step on them they go off. So when the soldier steps on it in the woods, it would have gone off instantly. Plus, they are a bouncing betty type mine, which means when they fire, they come up about three feet in the air and explode to take out your internal organs. This didn't happen in the factory scene, where you can see smoking holes.

Correction: The two scenes and mines are completely unrelated to each other both with completely different ways of taking out its intended target, and also we don't see the death of the soldier in the woods all we see is him stepping on it, he doesn't step off, the moment this would occur as you said it, the bomb would fly up approx 3 feet and explode.


Corrected entry: When Burnett jumps out on the sniper at the end he shoots him many times. However the guy still can fire back and fight with Burnett afterwards. We know he's tough but it seems unlikely after Burnett has supposedly put so many bullets in him.

Correction: I watched the scene you are referring to, and yes, Owen Wilson's character does fire alot of rounds from his gun, but we only ever see one bullet strike, certainly not enough to prevent the sniper from engaging in hand to hand combat.

Corrected entry: At the end of the movie when the bad guy is looking through the visor of the sniper rifle, his eyes get enlarged in the front view of the visor. They should have been smaller, since the visor only enlarges things on his side.


Correction: The rifle scope is made up of a series of convex lenses. This is a simple scientific fact, a convex lens "enlarges" things from either side of the lens.


Corrected entry: At the end of the film after the U.S. Marines rescue Owen Wilson under heavy fire, they are celebrating on the deck of the aircraft carrier. At least one of the Marines is seen holding up an empty M-16 assault rifle with no magazine in it.

Correction: Small arms must be safed and cleared before a helicopter touches down on the deck per NATOPS manual instructions.

Corrected entry: In the shot where you see the seats falling from the planes one of the seats falls into the lower left corner of the screen then it disappears into thin air.

Correction: It actually goes behind a cloud.

Corrected entry: One question. If they are to maintain 'Radio Silence', as Gene Hackman's character mandated shortly after the F/A-18F is shot down, why then do they continue to talk on the radios non-stop?

Correction: They maintain radio silence until Burnett reaches the rally point and informs the carrier of this fact. However, the situation then changes, and he NEEDS the (infrequent) radio exchanges so that he knows what to do next.


Corrected entry: The man who is supposed to hunt down Chris Burnett is called Tracker. He carries an Accuracy International Arctice Warfare Magnum, AWM for short. Since he is a Serbian Rebel, he would have most likely been carrying the Russian Dragunov SVD (the standard issue Russian sniper rifle).

Correction: The weapon is in fact a Swiss made sniper rifle, probably a Sig-Sauer SSG 3000. Not a AWM. It was chosen deliberately to highlight the fact that not all weaponry was sourced from Russia.

Corrected entry: It is extremely unlikely that the pilot would be left right out in the open to be found as he was. Burnett would have carried/helped him to cover and hidden the parachutes.

Correction: First of all they didn't expect any soldiers or anything to find them, that's why Burnett left his co-pilot where he was. Secondly the co-pilot was injured and knew that Burnett wouldn't be gone for long as he suggested just to go to the top of the hill, after that he could come back down and move him slowly to a different location for pickup/rescue.


They would have expected the enemy soldiers to find them if they stayed where they were since they would know that if the enemy soldiers fired a missile at them, they would watch the missile (if such a chase could happen in real life) chase in case they managed to survive, and eject, and watch them parachute so they could track them to see where they landed to check to make sure they're dead.

Corrected entry: When Owen Wilson gets to the original rendezvous point he calls up the carrier. Gene Hackman informs him that they can no longer pick him up there and to head for a safe zone. After a short argument Wilson cuts transmission when he hears the Serb troops coming. Hackman then asks the comms staff "Where is he?" to which they reply that they don't know. He tells them to triangulate the signal to locate Wilson's position. How come they don't know his position when he was at a rendezvous point that they gave him the coordinates for?

Correction: They knew where he was. That's how they managed to triangulate him in the first place. Because Wilson cut the transmission they wanted an accurate position to see with their own eyes how he was doing via the satelite.


Factual error: Shortly after our hero ejects you see the pilot flailing around trying to pull the ejection handle. In a Navy aircraft with two crew, the NATOPS manual (Naval Aviation Training and Operations Manual) clearly states that the seats must be set in the "command eject mode". This means, regardless of who initiates the ejection procedure, the rear seat goes first, followed by the pilot 1/2 later. There is no need for the pilot to pull the ejection handle.

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Question: How did Burnett kill Sasha with a flare? Did he just really stab as hard as he could? Or is there a sharp part to a flare?

Answer: With enough physical impact in a vulnerable spot, a flare could penetrate flesh and/or cause fatal blunt force injuries.

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