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Courage Under Fire (1996)

 -  Drama | Mystery | Thriller  -  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 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>

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

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Drama | Mystery | Thriller | War

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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)

Opening Weekend:

ITL 469,204,000 (Italy) (31 January 1997)

Gross:

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

Goofs

After Monfreeze shoots Walden, he says "Christ captain, I thought you were firing at me!", she then points the gun at him and cocks the hammer on her pistol after having fired at the Iraqis. This would not be necessary with a .45 as the slide automatically re-cocks the hammer when fired. Even if she had reloaded, the hammer would still remain in the rear position after having replaced the magazine and released the slide. The pistol was a Beretta 92 (military designation M-9) in 9mm, on which the hammer could be decocked, allowing it to be manually cocked. It's uncertain if an army pilot's training would have been to keep the pistol decocked and it will fire the first round without being cocked in any case. 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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This movie helps heals me
7 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

I don't care about the petty "goofs" or parts of the story that other people point out- this movie means a lot to me as a disabled veteran with PTSD. This movie is about many things, but to me, the story is about how Col Sterling is trying to manage his survivor guilt and PTSD from his incident on one hand, and deal with his task to validate the medal for his General, his wife, his kids, etc. on the other. He resorts to booze (like we all do) to try to cope. That's what this movie is really about: how one guy is trying to come to grips with PTSD, which I can tell you first-hand is a challenge that I face every minute of everyday. And seeing this movie helps heal me. It reminds me that I too lost a promising career in the Navy, lost my marriage, lost my kids, and lost myself in the abyss of PTSD and alcoholism before I got help. That's the only negative I have on this movie- we don't see if Col Sterling got help. Otherwise, this movie has helped heal me in ways that no other movie I've ever seen has.


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