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Courage Under Fire (1996)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Nat Serling
... Karen Walden
... Monfriez
... General Hershberg
... Ilario
... Bruno
... Altameyer
... Meredith Serling
... Banacek
... Gartner
... Rady
... Boylar
... Patella
Armand Darrius ... Robins
... Bobcat 5 (as Mark Adair-Riós)
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Mut zur Wahrheit  »

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Budget:

$46,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,501,000, 14 July 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$59,031,057

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$100,860,818
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In an October 2009 interview, actor Bronson Pinchot said that Denzel Washington was verbally abusive to him and others on the set, for the sake of "staying in character." See more »

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During the last walk through of the events in Iraq, Walden cocks her M9 while pointing it at Monfriez. When she does so, it is obvious that the M9 is mounted on something below, just out of camera shot. See more »

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Joel Walden: [to LTC Serling, after Anne Marie saw him and ran away] Men dressed as you are came to the door to tell her her mother had died.
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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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