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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)  »

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Mut zur Wahrheit  »

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Budget:

$46,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,501,000 (USA) (14 July 1996)

Gross:

$59,031,057 (USA)
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In some of the background scenes in the training camp, cadets from Texas A&M University were used as extras. See more »

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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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Specialist Ilario: It's not the doing shit that gets to you. It's the consequences. Imagine a life without consequences.
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Angel from Montgomery
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26 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

Courage Under Fire is a movie that will stay with me for a while. Denzel Washington continues to be one of the finest actors today and proves it in this movie. The premise was interesting and was entertaining. I was disappointed with Meg Ryan's performance. I usually like her but she got annoying with her constant shouting. Yet that didn't keep the movie down. It was extremely dramatic and my two favorite scenes are the scene with Lou Diamond Phillips in the car and when it shows what really happened. A great film and terrific acting by Denzel Washington.


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