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Courage Under Fire (1996)

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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 <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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$46,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$58,918,501 (USA) (25 October 1996)
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The tanks are British Centurions with sheet metal added to make them look like M1A1 Abrams tanks; they were shipped from Australia when the US Department of Defense withdrew their cooperation. See more »

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The LtCol and his gunner don't have their eyes against the Tank's sites. No wonder they couldn't identify a target. See more »

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Nathaniel Serling: How did you get to be on Captain Walden's chopper?
Monfriez: Used to hang around medivac units, sir.
Nathaniel Serling: Did you want to become a medic?
Monfriez: Wanted to hump a nurse once, does that count?
[both laugh]
Monfriez: See, I play poker. Do you want to know a poker secret, sir?
Nathaniel Serling: Always.
Monfriez: Find out what the people you are playing against are interested in, and pretend you're interested in it, too. They start running off at the mouth and don't pay no attention to their cards. Medivac crew love to talk about their choppers.
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A great Movie, Overlooked by too many
18 January 2005 | by (England) – See all my reviews

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.

8/10


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