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A Navy navigator is shot down over enemy territory and is ruthlessly pursued by a secret police enforcer and the opposing troops. Meanwhile his commanding officer goes against orders in an attempt to rescue him.
Chris Burnett: [after a helicopter tasked with rescuing Burnett turns away after the mission of rescuing Burnett is canceled] You've got to be shitting me!
Stackhouse: We're not supposed to fly that sector, Chris. The brass will have a shit-fit. Chris Burnett: Hey, we're on recon so let's recon something.
Admiral Reigart: Let's go get our boy back!
Chris Burnett: [Over the radio] Archangel is down and I am on the run!
Sasha: [In Serbian] I have 48 hours, my friend. Let's see who can wait longer.
Bazda: [Bazda accidentally steps on a mine as he and Sasha are looking for Burnett] [to Sasha and speaking in Serbian] Bazda: Help me. Sasha: [Pulls out his pistol and aims at Bazda and speaks in Serbian] Don't move. Be very still. Bazda: [as Sasha carefully walks off; speaking in Serbian] Help me! HELP ME! [Sasha shrugs at Bazda as Sasha leaves the area]
Admiral Reigart: You should be glad you're not in the middle of a fight, Lieutenant. Because with your attitude, you wouldn't last very long. Chris Burnett: Sir, with all due respect, I've given the Navy seven good years. I think I've served my country.
Chris Burnett: [Burnett hands Reigart the evidence that contains the photos of the mass graves that Burnett and Stackhouse photographed] This is why they killed Stackhouse!
Chris Burnett: Where are we heading? Babic: Hac. Chris Burnett: Hac? That's good. Good. [Next scene shows the truck the two men are aboard enter Hac, which is a war zone]
Chris Burnett: Golden Nest, Archangel Zero-Six! We have been engaged!
Miroslav Lokar: [Stackhouse is being interrogated after he is captured by Serb troops] Are you alone? Stackhouse: Correct. Chris Burnett: [the Serb troops, along with Lokar, leave and Stackhouse is watched by Sasha. Burnett observes from a nearby hill and sees Sasha execute Stackhouse] [Yelling] Chris Burnett: NO! [Sasha looks at the hill where Burnett is. Knowing that he gave away his position, Burnett starts to run] Sasha: [Whistles to the nearby Serb troops and shouts in Serbian and begins shooting] There's another one! Bazda: [In Serbian] Fire on the hills! [Serb troops begin firing on Burnett as he escapes]
Stackhouse: [On Bosnian grounds after being shot down] You think they saw us eject? Chris Burnett: [Pulling out his radio] We're not gonna be round to find out. Reigart's gonna be really curious about what happened to his $40 million plane.
Admiral Reigart: You still got your boots, have you, cowboy? Chris Burnett: Roger. They were tied on.
Chris Burnett: [Burnett arrives at the designated evacuation point] [Over the radio] Chris Burnett: Alpha Whiskey, this is Zero-Six, come in. Admiral Reigart: [Over the radio] Zero-Six, go ahead. Chris Burnett: Zero-Six is at rally point three and is standing by. Admiral Reigart: Zero-Six, latest intel says your current location undoable for pickup. Standby to copy rendezvous point. Chris Burnett: Say again your last, I am at the rendezvous point. Admiral Reigart: You need to hump it out to safe zone. I set IP Cadillac, Canada 1-5, Virginia 2-0, for evac. Admiral Reigart: [Burnett looks at his map and realizes the newly designated extraction zone is miles away from his current position] No. Negative, negative! I do not understand. Why is this spot not doable for pickup? I am good to go! I say again, I am good to go, NOW!
Admiral Reigart: [to Burnett] Unless we're parked in San Diego Bay, you're at war every time you step on this boat.
Chris Burnett: [to Reigart over the radio] Sir, I shouldn't have left Stackhouse.
Chris Burnett: [Burnett learns that he and Stackhouse are being assigned to a reconnaissance mission over Bosnia] Son of a bitch! [Stackhouse comes up to Burnett] Chris Burnett: [Referring to Admiral Reigart] Did you see this? He put us on the holiday mission! God damn it! Stackhouse: Yeah, well look on the bright side, at least we get to fly, right? Chris Burnett: Yeah, during the one good meal of the year, it's almost as if he doesn't like us. Stackhouse: [Jokingly] No, you. Not me. You.
Ejup: Lokar's coming back here again, killing everyone. Babic: It's true. Lokar killed everyone. Children and women. Buried them up in the hills. Chris Burnett: In the hills? Yeah! I saw them, I saw the graves! [Burnett has a flashback of the mass graves he encountered earlier] Chris Burnett: Yes! I saw them! I saw the bodies in the hills. Tell them, I'm an American! I'm on your side!
Chris Burnett: You're an optimist, sir. See I had you figured for a grouch.
Stackhouse: We're on another useless joyride at the cost of mere millions to the US taxpayer.
Capt. Rodway, USMC: We each have our jobs. Now I'm a Marine. That means I do the serious work. You're a Navy Pilot. That means that you sit here and... eat jello.
Admiral Reigart: You dont know the FIRST thing about serving your country.
Bazda: [Bazda and Lokar are watching real life Serb General Ratko Mladic express his confidence in the Cincinnati Accords, which is aimed at keeping peace in Bosnia. All following characters are speaking in Serbian] Coward. He placates these people, and why? Because they occupy our country? Miroslav Lokar: He's a politician, Bazda. Serb General: [In English] I welcome the announcement that NATO will leave the region. Bazda: He tells us to keep the Muslims at bay. Then he tells the world that we won't fire a shot. Miroslav Lokar: We can't fight everyone at once. Think. Less emotion. You'll live longer.
Babic: It's not safe here. We keep moving. Chris Burnett: No, you go. They killed my pilot because we took pictures of the graves, and I know where they are. And I am gonna get them, so he didn't die for no reason. [Walks up to Babic and pats him on the back] Chris Burnett: Don't follow me, it's safer here. [Burnett leaves the area, and Babic walks off]
Chris Burnett: I don't know you tell me sir?
Chris Burnett: [to Reigart] Sir, I signed up to be a fighter pilot. I didn't want to be a cop. And I certainly didn't want to go walking a beat on a neighborhood nobody cares about.
Admiral Piquet: Admiral, what's going on down there? Admiral Reigart: We have an F18 shot down over southern Bosnia. One pilot is suspected dead. Admiral Piquet: Who authorized the search and rescue mission? Admiral Reigart: I did. Admiral Piquet: Call it off. Stand down, Admiral. Admiral Reigart: Maybe I didn't make myself clear! We have pilots down! One is probably already dead! Admiral Piquet: Admiral, I've spoken personally to Bosnian military commanders and they assure me the shoot down was perpetrated by renegades outside of their control, attempting to disrupt the peace process. Admiral Reigart: Well of course they're going to say that. Admiral Piquet: They're also claiming, Admiral, that your aircraft was way off mission. Admiral Reigart: Yes, well... Admiral Piquet: If we fly in there, we create a shitstorm, and the whole treaty will collapse. Admiral Reigart: Admiral, Burnett says that Serb troops murdered his pilot! Admiral Piquet: Is your pilot an expert on Bosnia? Can he tell the difference of the uniform of a Serb, Croat, and Muslim? Because I can't, and I've been posted here for five years.
Chris Burnett: Holy Shit! We're being painted!
Chris Burnett: [being chased by the S.A.M] Chaff! Chaff! Chaff!
Master Chief Tom O'Malley: [Reigart makes his final decision on rescuing Burnett, despite doing so against orders] You will lose your command for this. Admiral Reigart: So be it! I'm not gonna let that kid die out there while we sit around on this ship!
Admiral Reigart: [talking to Burnett on the radio] Burnett! [pauses] Admiral Reigart: Zero-six, you've been shot down, life is tough. You're a combat aviator, start acting like one. Remember your training, put some angles between you and your pursuers. Evade and survive, and we will bring you home. You got that? We will bring you home.
Capt. Rodway, USMC: [after hearing news reports alleging Burnett was killed] Son of a bitch! They killed him and we did nothing! We did nothing! Master Chief Tom O'Malley: Captain! Capt. Rodway, USMC: [Calmly] We did nothing.
Chris Burnett: Everybody thinks they're gonna get a chance to punch some Nazi in the face in Normandy, but those days are over. They're long gone.
[Last lines] Chris Burnett: [Aboard the helicopter after the rescue mission] Hey, Admiral! You're holding a letter for me. I'd like to have it back! Admiral Reigart: I think I can find it! [Reigart hands Burnett the letter. Burnett then crumples the letter, which had stated his intent of leaving the Navy. The rest of the crew look on happily and amused. The song 'Rescue Blues' by Ryan Adams fades in]
Stackhouse: [Burnett and Stackhouse are having a discussion about a letter that Burnett wrote in which he expressed his interest of resigning from the Navy] O'Malley told me you dropped your letter, he's bullshitting me, right? Chris Burnett: Nope, he's telling the truth. Stackhouse: Oh, so you're gonna break up the band? That's good. Listen, Chris, I thought you were kidding about getting out. Are you telling me I gotta find another navigator? Is that the deal? Chris Burnett: I can't do it anymore. I'm done, I'm sorry.
Admiral Reigart: Our man is down behind enemy lines, now what the fuck is the problem? Admiral Piquet: [Yelling] Do you have any idea how much damage this incident may cause to the peace process? Admiral Reigart: All I know, Admiral, is that the American people want their pilot back. Admiral Piquet: Exactly! Americans, all you care about is your own damn pilots! What happens when the fighting starts again? Will America recommit its forces to stop a major war? No, you don't have any control over that little detail, do you? You might have helped save your man today, Reigart, and I emphasize 'might', but you risk the lives of thousands tomorrow.