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Courage Under Fire (1996)

A U.S. Army officer, despondent about a deadly mistake he made, investigates a female chopper commander's worthiness for the Medal of Honor.

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The pilot of a rescue copter, Captain Karen Walden, died shortly before her helicopter crew was rescued after it crashed in Desert Storm. It first appears that she made a spectacular rescue of a downed helicopter crew, then held her own crew together to fight off the Iraqis after her copter crashed. Lt. Colonel Serling, who is struggling with his own demons from Desert Storm, is assigned to investigate her worthiness for the Medal of Honor. But some conflicting accounts, from her crew and soldiers in the area, cause him to question whether she deserves it. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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In wartime, the first casualty is always truth. See more »


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Rated R for war violence and language | See all certifications »

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12 July 1996 (USA)  »

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Mut zur Wahrheit  »

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$46,000,000 (estimated)

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$12,501,000 (USA) (12 July 1996)

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$58,918,501 (USA) (25 October 1996)
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Loosely inspired by the October 3, 1993 incident in Mogadishu, Somalia, where a Black Hawk helicopter was shot down and two Delta Force operatives sacrificed their lives to save the pilot, later receiving the Medal of Honor. The story of the incident is told in detail in Black Hawk Down (2001). See more »

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In the morning, when the crew of the two downed helicopters were rescued, CPT Karen Walden refused to go. She continued to lay down suppressive fire and told her crew to come back for her with a stretcher. The Huey CPT Walden piloted, being a medevac as well, would have had a stretcher, or litter, on-board. See more »

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Joel Walden: [to LTC Serling, after Anne Marie saw him and ran away] Men dressed as you are came to the door to tell her her mother had died.
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Denzel Washington At His Best
22 October 2000 | by (University of Texas) – See all my reviews

"Courage Under Fire" is perhaps the best illustration of how flexible and adaptive actors like Denzel Washington are. What makes "Courage Under Fire" impressive is not so much its plot or storyline (which is somewhat inconsistent), but its portrayal of a lone officer torn between personal conscience and duty. Denzel's overweight build and alcoholic demeanor create the highly credible image of a man barely attached to his life. Basically the story of a budding Army officer re-assigned to administrative duties following a Desert Storm friendly fire incident, "Courage Under Fire" submerges the viewer into pure emotional hell as it progresses. The stunning emotional catharisis portrayed at the film's end is incredibly dramatic and almost entirely unmatched. Anyone who has ever been under the extreme pressures of stress or suffered cognitive dissonance following a bad judgement will definitely connect with this film. A great psychological thriller and a tour-de-force drama. Definitely one of the best films...if only it would be released on DVD!!


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