Behind Enemy Lines is a 2001 American war film directed by John Moore. The film stars Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman, and tells the story of a U.S. Navy pilot who is shot down over Bosnia and must evade hostile forces in order to make it back to safety. One of the most iconic moments in the movie occurs when Wilson’s character, Lt. Chris Burnett, is forced to hitch a ride in the back of a pickup truck driven by a mysterious young woman.
The girl in the back of the pickup truck has become an enduring symbol of the film, but her identity remains largely unknown. She has been dubbed “the girl in the truck” by fans of Behind Enemy Lines, as she never speaks or reveals her name on-screen. However, there are some clues that can help us piece together her identity.
The woman appears to be about 20 years old and is dressed in traditional Bosnian clothing – a long skirt and blouse with a headscarf. She appears to be from the local area and speaks no English, though she does understand some German which is spoken by Lt. Burnett when he asks for help.
The girl also appears to have had some sort of prior relationship with Lt. Burnett as she recognizes him immediately when they meet again after his escape from captivity. It seems likely that they had met before during his reconnaissance mission over Bosnia, although this was never revealed on-screen.
In conclusion, the identity of “the girl in the truck” remains a mystery even after almost 20 years since Behind Enemy Lines first premiered in theaters. We know that she was local to Bosnia and spoke German, but beyond that we can only speculate about her background or how she knew Lt. Burnett prior to their fateful meeting.