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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 <>

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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Harrison Ford and Tom Hanks were considered for the role of Nathan Serling. See more »


When Capt. Walden's helicopter is circling the Iraqi tank and attempting to neutralize it, there is a quick split second where the tank is in the foreground and the helicopter behind it. At that exact moment, you can clearly see a man with dark brown hair in a blue shirt and khaki pants on or near the tank. See more »


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The Method
8 March 2000 | by (London) – See all my reviews

America's sweetheart as a helicopter pilot? Most critics say she does an excellent job, but that's not what makes this movie so momentous. Neither is it the excellent performance by Denzel Washington, who had been expected by many to win an Oscar nomination for it. Nor is it the over the top performance of Matt Damon, nor is it the excellent contributions by any of the others in the cast. It's the way the story is told: throughout the movie you see the same sequence, over and over again, and each time you understand what is happening just a little bit more, until at the very end the import of it all hits you like a locomotive. It's a unique brand of story telling, and eminently successful.

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