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Courage Under Fire (1996)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Mystery  |  12 July 1996 (USA)
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A US 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A medal for honor. A search for justice. A battle for truth. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

12 July 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mut zur Wahrheit  »

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Box Office


$46,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


ITL 1,070,954,000 (Italy) (14 February 1997)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Loosely inspired by the 3 October 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 »


After Walden's helicopter crashes, Ilario is tending to Rady who is injured and unconscious. When Ilario ask's Walden for a hook to hang the IV bag, Rady, still unconscious, opens his eyes for a second, then closes them. See more »


Tony Gartner, Washington Post: General, Colonel Sterling's order to activate lights, was that a standard response to enemy infiltration of the lines?
General Hershberg: At the critical moment, in spite of terrible losses, Colonel Sterling didn't hesitate to act. Ordering those tanks to turn on their lights saved the lives of God knows how many of our men. Heroic acts arise out of desperate circumstances.
Tony Gartner, Washington Post: I have no trouble at all believing Colonel Sterling is a hero.
General Hershberg: Like Captain Karen Walden. Did you know, Mr Gartner, that for the first time a...
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Referenced in Naked Movie (2002) See more »


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User Reviews

Not a bad movie
27 November 1999 | by (Nuenen, the Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Courage under fire was an okay movie, the story was good enough to keep me interested. Denzel Washington was convincing in his role, I liked him much better here than in the last movie I saw him in: Fallen. The other actors were pretty good, too, especially Matt Damon (I hardly recognized him, he was so skinny!). But to say that Courage under fire was a GOOD movie would be too much. Except for the fact that the story was about a woman, there was nothing really special about it. My vote: 6 out of 10.

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