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
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Matt Damon not only went on an extreme diet, he would also run 13 miles a day. Unfortunately for him, as Damon was not an established star at the time, he had to do all this under his own steam without the help of a nutritionist. It would take Damon a good two years to get his body back to normal. See more »
The Huey had long-range fuel tanks installed and they disconnected them to drop them on the tank to destroy it. In real life, it takes about an hour to uninstall the long-range tanks and if they are full of fuel you can not unhook them from the over head hook they are connected to. You have to drain all the fuel out to get enough slack to unhook 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?
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.
Like Captain Karen Walden. Did you know, Mr Gartner, that for the first time a...
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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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