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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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A medal for honor. A search for justice. A battle for 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)  »

Also Known As:

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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

We see a locomotive skidding with its wheels locked in a shower of sparks. Locomotive wheels do not lock up when the emergency brakes are applied because, a) it won't stop the train any faster, and b) it would create flat spots on the wheels which are very expensive to repair. See more »

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Tony Gartner, Washington Post: Sweet Jesus, there's always a tape.
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Features Larry King Live (1985) See more »

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Angel from Montgomery
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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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