Behind Enemy Lines is an American 1997 action film starring Thomas Ian Griffith, Chris Mulkey, Mark Carlton, and Spanky Manikan.
A Vietnamese military officer, General Nguy is purchasing nuclear triggers from a Chinese national at the border.
A two-man special operations US Marine Team thwarts the transaction and obtains the triggers. However, one of the Marines, Jones, is unavoidably left behind. Mike Weston thinks Jones is dead, but when he learns otherwise from Colonel Wolfe, he goes back for him.
Once in Vietnam, he is picked up and General Nguy tries to get his nuclear triggers back. Weston almost escapes, but is eventually subdued and taken to prison so General Nguy can persuade Weston to tell him the location of the nuclear triggers. News of Mike’s arrest prompts Mike Westin’s sister, Kat (Katherine) and several very loyal ex-Marine buddies go to Vietnam to help get him out. Weston’s sister and friends are eventually joined by an Embassy US Marine Sergeant Blakley.
Eventually, Weston and Jones from inside the prison – family and friends from outside – finally overwhelm the prison guards. Unfortunately, Sergeant Blakley sacrifices himself to take out an armoured car before it can reinforce the prison.
With the nuclear triggers regained the team all make it to the rendezvous with Colonel Wolfe – except Jones. Jones is barricaded in a guard tower machine-gunning the remaining guards in a last stand. Wolfe refuses to go back for him, but Weston will have nothing of it. Jones, about to be overwhelmed, is plucked at the last second by helicopter from the guard tower.
The entire team successfully escape Vietnam. In the end, Mike, Jones, the team, and their girlfriends sail off into the sunset headed to Hawaii on his yacht.
Production & Filming Details
- Director: Mark Griffiths.
- Producers: Bradley Thomas, David Bixler, Brad Krevoy, and Steven Stabler.
- Writers: Andrew Osborne and Dennis Cooley.
- Music: Arthur Kempel.
- Cinematography: Blake T. Evans.
- Editor: Roderick Davis.
- Distributor: Orion Pictures.
- Release Date: 19 March 1997 (US).
- Running Time: 89 minutes.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.