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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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Budget:

$46,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$58,918,501 (USA) (25 October 1996)
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The patch on Denzel Washington shoulder is referring to the U.S. Army 2nd Cavalry. The motto in french "toujours prêt" means "Always Ready" and the fleur-de-lis is related to the fact that they fought in France during both World Wars. See more »

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After speaking with Specialist Ilario, Serling drives home and parks around the corner. His wife sees him and enters the car. During their conversation, her lapel moves up and down between shots. See more »

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[after leading his troops in a prayer]
Nathaniel Serling: Now let's kill 'em all.
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Featured in The Making of 'Courage Under Fire' (2000) See more »

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Angel from Montgomery
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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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