Good natured Reverend Henry Biggs finds that his marriage to choir mistress Julia is flagging, due to his constant absence caring for the deprived neighborhood they live in. On top of all ... See full summary »
Courtney B. Vance
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 and award her 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>
In an October 2009 interview, actor Bronson Pinchot said that Denzel Washington was verbally abusive to him and others on the set of "Courage Under Fire" for the sake of "staying in character." See more »
During one of the scenes of firefight, you can hear Captain Walden say, "Gimme the goddamn M16," but you can see that her mouth does not say "M16." See more »
[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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This movie has 2 stories that that run side by side, depicting the same image of war from different perspectives.
Denzel's story is one of sadness and guilt over the death of a friend during the Gulf war, a friend that he himself killed in a 'Friendly Fire' incident, during the confusion of battle. His country won't let him speak, and they shower him with medals; this only adds to the pain that begins to tear him apart.
Denzel's Character is given an assignment to determine whether a female helicopter pilot (Meg Ryan) deserves the medal of honour.
Meg's story, played out in flashbacks, is about a helicopter pilot and her crew saving a handful of soldiers, from the Iraqi onslaught. She is the first female to be considered for the medal of honour, and the question is, does she deserve what the American people would so love too see her receive.
Denzel, determined to get this one right, collects evidence and testimony from Ryans crew and the men that were saved. The problem is, Denzel's superiors want this medal awarded, but the simple truth is difficult to unveil. Every shred of evidence leads to more and more uncertainty as to whether this medal should be awarded.
Truly compelling direction and very special character portrayal make this an extremely enjoyable, very dramatic movie.
If you've over looked it, then give it a try. I think you'll be glad you did.
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