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Courage Under Fire ()


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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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Nat Serling
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Karen Walden
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Monfriez
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General Hershberg
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Ilario
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Bruno
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Altameyer
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Meredith Serling
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Banacek
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Gartner
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Rady
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Boylar
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Patella
Armand Darrius ...
Robins
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Bobcat 5 (as Mark Adair-Riós)
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Chelli
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Jenkins
David McSwain ...
Egan
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Thompson
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Joel Walden
Kathleen Widdoes ...
Geraldine Walden
Christina Stojanovich ...
Anne Marie Walden
Lucky Luciano ...
Nathan Serling Jr.
Erica C. Newman ...
Joleen Serling
Jamal A. Mays ...
Brian Serling
Ashlee Jordan Pryor ...
Josie Serling
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Maria (as Michole White)
Jeffrey Waid ...
Hillerman
Patrick Young ...
Drill Team Commander
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Soldier
Jack Watkins ...
Coffee Sergeant
Matt Sigloch ...
Cadre
Jim Morse ...
Cadre (as James Paul Morse)
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McQuillan
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Teegarden's Crew Chief
Kyle Mickaelian ...
Refueler
Michael Dolan ...
Orderly
John Roarke ...
The President
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Questioner
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Iraqi Tank Commander (as Bob Apisa)
Daniel Gonzalez ...
Laughing Gunner
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Speaker
Richard Venture ...
Don Boylar
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Louise Boylar
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Annie
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Delinquent Soldier
Julius Carter ...
Rowtero
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Arnett ...
CNN Reporter (uncredited) (voice)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Korey Coleman ...
Radio operator (uncredited)
Steven Derek ...
Graduating Cadet (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Pete Janssen ...
Soldier (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
James LaMarr ...
Base Soldier (uncredited)
Robert Brent Lappin ...
Tank Commander (uncredited)
Michael Mills ...
Marine (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Hotel Receptionist (uncredited)

Directed by

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Edward Zwick

Written by (WGA)

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Patrick Sheane Duncan ... (written by)

Produced by

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Joseph M. Caracciolo ... executive producer
Debra Martin Chase ... executive producer
John Davis ... producer
David T. Friendly ... producer
Paul Neesan ... co-producer
Joseph Singer ... producer (as Joseph M. Singer)

Music by

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James Horner

Cinematography by

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Roger Deakins ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Steven Rosenblum

Editorial Department

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Gary Burritt ... negative cutter
Joseph M. Caracciolo ... assistant editor
Kurt Courtland ... apprentice editor
Penny Lee Hallin ... second assistant editor
Michael Healey ... colorist
Robert Leighton ... additional editor
Mike Milliken ... color timer
Nicole Schubert ... second assistant editor
Cynthia E. Thornton ... first assistant editor
William Yeh ... assistant editor: lightworks
Melissa Carter ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Cecilia Hyoun ... lightworks assistant (uncredited)

Casting By

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Mary Colquhoun

Production Design by

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John Graysmark

Art Direction by

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Steve Cooper

Set Decoration by

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Rick Gentz

Costume Design by

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Francine Jamison-Tanchuck

Makeup Department

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Lange Burnett ... additional makeup artist
Larry M. Cherry ... hair stylist: Mr. Washington
Dino Ganziano ... key hair stylist
Sally Hershberger ... hair stylist: Ms. Ryan
Tammy Lema ... additional hair stylist
Michael Mills ... prosthetic makeup
Barbara Olvera ... key hair stylist
Edna Sheen ... key makeup artist
Lutz Wesemann ... makeup artist: Ms. Ryan
Craig Reardon ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Jeffrey Downer ... unit production manager
Jay Sedrish ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Burt Burnam ... first assistant director: second unit
Karen Estelle Collins ... second assistant director
Skip Cosper ... first assistant director
Walter T. Falls III ... second second assistant director: Austin (as Tres Falls)
David J. Grant ... additional second assistant director
Jeff Kay ... second second assistant director: El Paso
Nancy King ... second assistant director: second unit
Dan Lerner ... second unit director
Laura Sylvester ... dga trainee

Art Department

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Terry Atchison ... weapons prop technician
Richard J. Bayard ... construction coordinator (as Dick Bayard)
Cliff Bergman ... general foreman
Cliff Bernay ... on-set dresser
Mike Carroll ... plaster foreman
Gary Clark ... paint foreman
Gary Clause ... propmaker foreman
Jack Colmenero ... swing gang
Archie Hankins ... carpenter
Chuck Herrmann ... assistant property master
Leonard Lucas ... art department assistant
Barbara Mesney ... set designer
James Mize ... metal fabricator
Jacque Morgan ... art department assistant
Andrew Neskoromny ... set designer
Michael Papac ... property master: second unit (as Mike Papac)
Mari Phillips ... on-set dresser
Robert R. Richardson ... property assistant: second unit
Mike Riley ... toolman
John Rozman ... swing gang
Dominic Sandfrey ... labor foreman
Robert Sica ... lead man
Ron Sica ... swing gang
Jacqueline Stears ... lead scenic artist (as Jacquie Stears)
George Stuart Jr. ... stand-by painter
David Tully ... greensman
Randall D. Wilkins ... set designer
Jim Zemansky ... property master
Steve Allen ... carpenter (uncredited)
Kelley A. Hankins ... plasterer (uncredited)
Daniel R. Jennings ... set designer (uncredited)
Joe McCusker ... carpenter (uncredited)
Darren Patnode ... carpenter (uncredited)
David Phillip ... on-set greensman (uncredited)
Pat Becannon Sarver ... construction medic (uncredited)
Randy Severs ... plasterer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Christopher Assells ... effects editor (as Chris Assells)
Karen Baker Landers ... first assistant sound editor (as Karen M. Baker)
Anna Behlmer ... rerecording mixer: Todd-AO Studios West
Lon Bender ... sound: design (as Lon E. Bender)
Bob Bowman ... sound assistant editor
Willie D. Burton ... production sound mixer
Valerie Davidson ... foley editor
Ann Fisher ... dialogue editor
Scott Martin Gershin ... sound effects editor
Don Givens ... foley recordist
Mark Gordon ... effects editor
Tim Groseclose ... sound assistant editor (as Tim Grossclose)
Per Hallberg ... supervising sound editor
Mark Harris ... recordist: Todd-AO Studios West
Robert W. Harris ... cable person (as Robert Harris)
Dan Hegeman ... dialogue editor
Philip A. Hess ... effects editor (as Philip Hess)
Ellen Heuer ... foley artist
Craig S. Jaeger ... foley supervisor (as Craig Jaeger)
David Jobe ... foley mixer
Lou Kleinman ... adr editor
Marvin E. Lewis ... boom operator
Diane Linn ... adr recordist
Jennifer L. Mann ... additional audio (as Jennifer Mann)
Joseph A. Mayer ... adr supervisor (as Joe Mayer)
Christopher Moriana ... foley artist (as Chris Moriana)
Philip D. Morrill ... assistant sound editor
Andy Nelson ... rerecording mixer: Todd-AO Studios West
Mark Ormandy ... additional audio
Rudy Pi ... recordist: Todd-AO Studios West
Brian Pierson ... additional audio
Alan Rankin ... effects editor
Charleen Richards ... adr mixer
Jay B. Richardson ... effects editor (as Jay Richardson)
Lauren Stephens ... dialogue editor
Peter Michael Sullivan ... digital effects supervisor
Kim Waugh ... additional audio
Jessica Goodwin ... sound assistant editor (uncredited)
V.B. Paravati ... dailies transfer operator (uncredited)
John Soukup ... sound transfer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Scott Blackwell ... special effects crew
Stan Blackwell ... special effects crew (as Stanley Blackwell)
Kim Derry ... special effects crew
Bruce Allan Donnellan ... special effects crew (as Bruce Donnellan)
John Fagan ... special effects crew
Scott Garcia ... special effects crew
Michael Gaspar ... special effects crew
Grande Gonzalez ... special effects crew
Kelley A. Hankins ... mold maker
William D. Kennedy ... special effects crew (as Bill Kennedy)
Kelly Kerby ... special effects foreman
Joe Lombardi ... special effects crew
Paul J. Lombardi ... special effects coordinator (as Paul Lombardi)
John D. Milinac ... special effects crew (as John Milinac)
Jeff Miller ... special effects crew
Robert L. Olmstead ... special effects crew (as Bob Olmstead)
David Peterson ... special effects crew
Charles Schmitz ... special effects crew (as Chuck Schmitz)
Chuck E. Stewart ... special effects crew
Frank Toro ... special effects crew
Parry Willard ... special effects crew
Dick Wood ... special effects foreman (as Richard S. Wood)
Robert Brown ... special effects technician (uncredited)
Terry Erickson ... special effects technician (uncredited)
Kimball Willard ... special effects (uncredited)
Robert G. Willard ... special effects foreman (uncredited)

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Erik Anderson ... digital artist: VCE
Richard Berman ... visual effects coordinator
William S. Conner ... optical effects: VCE (as William Conner)
Joseph Conti ... computer generated effects
Bryan Cooke ... digital artist: VCE
Syd Dutton ... matte painting effects: Illusion Arts
Tom Eckelberry ... optical effects: VCE
Brian Griffin ... digital supervisor: VCE
Robin Griffin ... visual effects producer
Todd Hall ... optical effects: VCE
Brian Jochum ... visual effects producer
Peter Kuran ... digital effects: VCE / optical effects: VCE
Fumi Mashimo ... digital animator: Illusion Arts (as Fumi Mashimo)
Alan Munro ... visual effects supervisor
Richard Patterson ... digital supervisor: Illusion Arts
Mark Sawicki ... matte photography: Illusion Arts
Robert Stromberg ... matte artist: Illusion Arts
Bill Taylor ... matte painting effects: Illusion Arts
Pam Vick ... digital artist: VCE
Mike Wassel ... matte artist: Illusion Arts
David S. Williams Jr. ... digital compositor: Illusion Arts
Jacqueline Zietlow ... administrator: VCE
Paul Conti ... visual effects (uncredited)
Daren Dochterman ... visual effects storyboard artist (uncredited)
Patrick Zentis ... digital artist: Open Films (uncredited)

Stunts

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Pete Antico ... stunts
Ben Hernandez Bray ... stunts (as Ben Bray)
John Cenatiempo ... stunts (as Johnny Cenatiempo)
James M. Halty ... stunts (as Jimmy Halty)
Steve Kelso ... stunts
Alan Oliney ... stunts
Steve Picerni ... stunts
Denise Lynne Roberts ... stunts
Robby Robinson ... stunts
Danny Rogers ... stunts
Ron Stein ... stunt coordinator
David Zellitti ... stunts (as Dave Zellitti)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Robin Brown ... camera operator: "a" camera
Buzzy Burwell ... electrician
Dwight Cary ... electrician (as Dwight 'Curly' Cary)
Peter Clemence ... grip
Gerrit Dangremond ... camera operator: "c" camera
Rob Doumitt ... gaffer: second unit
Marty W. Eichmann ... key grip: second unit
James Etheridge ... camera operator: "b" camera, second unit
Richie Ford ... grip / rigging gaffer
Linda Gacsko ... second assistant camera: "c" camera
Bruce Hamme ... dolly grip
William Hankins ... first assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit
Andy Harris ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Curtis Herbert ... grip
Steven Hiller ... first assistant camera: "c" camera (as Steve Hiller)
Stephen V. Isbell ... best boy grip: second unit (as Steve Isbell)
Edison Jackson ... electrician
Guy Jackson ... best boy electric: second unit
Jeremy Knaster ... electrician
Key Kolb ... grip
Steve Ligorio ... grip: second unit
Mitchell Andrew Lillian ... key grip (as Mitch Lillian)
Marcos O. Lopez ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
James 'Buz' Maloy ... grip (as James Maloy)
Charlie Marroquin ... grip
Fred L. McLane ... first assistant camera: "b" camera, second unit (as Fred McLane)
Rexford L. Metz ... aerial camera operator (as Rexford Metz)
Monique Mitchell ... best boy grip
Alex Montez ... grip: second unit
William Moore ... electrical best boy (as Bill Moore)
Andrea Moraz ... aerial assistant camera
Mary C. Nelson ... grip (as Mary Nelson)
Bill O'Leary ... gaffer
Juan Priego ... second assistant camera: "b" camera, second unit
Donis Rhoden ... grip
Randy Stone ... second assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit
Nick Taylor ... cinematographer: second unit
Merie Weismiller Wallace ... still photographer
Christopher Wiggins ... camera loader
Susan Zwilling ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Jeff Andrus ... rigger (uncredited)
Rolf Eberlein ... electrician (uncredited)
John Johns ... video playback operator (uncredited)
John Lacy ... electrician (uncredited)
James A. Lundin ... basecamp genie operator (uncredited)
Michelle Madison ... second assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Max Neal ... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Walter 'Bud' Scott ... grip (uncredited)
Alan Swain ... electrician: tank battle scenes (uncredited)
Thom Willey ... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Billy Dowd ... extras casting
Liz Keigley ... casting: Austin
Elizabeth Marx ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Marcia Evers ... seamstress
Jorge J. González ... costumer
Michael Jamison ... assistant costume designer
Gail Just ... costumer: Ms. Ryan
Hector Morales ... key costumer
Frank Perry Rose ... costume supervisor
Robert Stewart ... set costumer
Robin Wright-Nazarians ... costumer

Location Management

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Caroline Brock ... location assistant
Michael R. Casey ... location manager: El Paso
Robbie Goldstein ... location manager: Austin
Cathy Kanavy ... location assistant
Matthew Woody ... location assistant
Bill McLellan ... assistant location manager: re-shoots (uncredited)

Music Department

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Bob Bornstein ... music copyist
Sandy DeCrescent ... music contractor
Jim Henrikson ... music editor
James Horner ... orchestrator
David Marquette ... music recordist
Shawn Murphy ... score mixer
Joe E. Rand ... assistant music editor
Ron Aston ... musician: percussion programming (uncredited)
Don Davis ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jay B. Richardson ... music editor (uncredited)
Lee Scott ... music editor (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: French horn (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Wayne Roberts ... transportation captain
Tim Roslan ... picture car coordinator
Phil Schriber ... transportation captain
Eddie Lee Voelker ... transportation coordinator
Stanley R. Webber ... transportation captain
Billy L. 'Butch' Frank ... tank driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Rory J. Aylward ... technical advisor: military
Maxine Bergen ... script supervisor: second unit
Mike Billow ... helicopter pilot
Brooke Brooks ... assistant: Mr. Davis
Robin Budd ... assistant: Mr. Zwick
Jaime L. Cabrera ... production assistant
Lisa D. Carey ... accounting assistant
Barbara Crow ... first assistant accountant
James Crowley ... production assistant
John P. Davis ... helicopter pilot
Ismael 'Rocket' De Anda ... production assistant
Jessica Drake ... dialect coach: Ms. Ryan
Cliff Fleming ... helicopter pilot
Jane Goldsmith ... script supervisor
Karla Ingebretsen ... assistant to aerial coordinator
Al Itzkoff ... craft service
M. Evan Jensen ... helicopter pilot
Dean E. Johnsen ... production assistant
J. David Jones ... aerial coordinator
Christopher Kahn ... production assistant
Peter Karp ... assistant: Mr. Friendly
Josh Kesselman ... production assistant
Valerie Mickaelian Kucera ... production coordinator
Wendi Laski ... unit publicist
Jesse G. Martin ... helicopter pilot
Mimi N. McGreal ... production secretary (as Mimi McGreal)
Dylan McKenna ... second assistant accountant
Peter McKernan ... helicopter pilot (as Peter J. McKernan)
Cathy Mickel Gibson ... production accountant
Arthur J. Miller Jr. ... railroad coordinator
Kellie Parks ... production assistant
Ann Hollingsworth Patrie ... helicopter pilot
Liz Probst ... payroll accountant
Sonny Robinson ... aerial support
Stephanie Sain ... production assistant: second unit
Eddie Sanchez ... first aid
Nick Sanders ... craft service
Michelle Schluter-Ford ... assistant production coordinator (as Michelle Schluter)
Daniel J. Shaw ... production assistant (as Dan Shaw)
Rick Shuster ... helicopter pilot
Robin Simpson ... helicopter pilot
Vicky Speidacci ... helicopter pilot
Raigen Thornton ... first aid
Frederick E.O. Toye ... main title video sequence (as Fred Toye)
Dana Kristen Vahle ... helicopter pilot (as Dirk Vahle)
Martha Waters ... production assistant
Neil Weinberger ... assistant: Mr. Singer
Gina White ... assistant: Mr. Washington
Anne Carr ... additional construction medic (uncredited)
Darryl Chan ... on-set trainer: Lou Diamond Phillips (uncredited)
Marvin Schroeder ... assistant technical advisor: military (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines In wartime, the first casualty is always truth. See more »
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Also Known As
  • À l'épreuve du feu (France)
  • Mut zur Wahrheit (Germany)
  • En honor a la verdad (Spain)
  • Coragem Debaixo de Fogo (Portugal)
  • Coragem Sob Fogo (Brazil)
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Runtime
  • 116 min
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Box Office

Budget $46,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $12,501,000, 14 Jul 1996
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $100,860,818

Did You Know?

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Trivia In order to lose the required amount of weight for the present day scenes, Matt Damon went on a strict regimen of food deprivation and physical training. This caused his health to become so frail, that he was put on medical supervision for several months after the shoot. However, his efforts didn't go unnoticed: director Francis Ford Coppola was so impressed by Damon's display of method acting, that he offered him the leading role in The Rainmaker (1997). While making Good Will Hunting (1997), after regaining his healthy weight, Damon met Steven Spielberg (who was then casting Saving Private Ryan (1998)). Spielberg told Damon that he had loved his performance in "Courage Under Fire" and had wanted to hire him to play Private Ryan, but was afraid that Damon was too skinny. Once Spielberg saw Damon at his normal weight, he hired him for Ryan. See more »
Goofs U.S. Army Medivac Choppers marked with the Red Cross, are covered by the Geneva Convention, thereby allowing the aircrew to only carry personal weapons. So no M-16's or M-60 machine guns would have been allowed on "Dust off 3". The Red Cross marks the copter a non-combatant, medical vehicle. This would make it a war-crime for enemies to fire upon it. However, for Meg Ryan's character to take her Red Cross marked copter in to attack enemies would be considered a "perfidious act" -- a very serious war crime. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Courage Under Fire/Walking and Talking/Trainspotting/Harriet the Spy (1996). See more »
Soundtracks Angel from Montgomery See more »
Quotes Nathaniel Serling: I work at the Pentagon, Sergeant, so I'll admit I'm a little slow on the uptake, otherwise I'd say that you just threatened me. Did you just threaten me, soldier? Because if you did, let me respond to you...
[turns off tape recorder]
Nathaniel Serling: Let me respond to you this way. I'm an officer, and therefore, by proclamation, a gentleman, but don't abuse that, son. Don't get in my crosshairs, because I'll have no compunction whatsoever about getting up to my neck in yo' ass. Do you understand me?
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