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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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Edward Zwick
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Nat Serling
Meg Ryan ... Karen Walden
Lou Diamond Phillips ... Monfriez
Michael Moriarty ... General Hershberg
Matt Damon ... Ilario
Bronson Pinchot ... Bruno
Seth Gilliam ... Altameyer
Regina Taylor ... Meredith Serling
Zeljko Ivanek ... Banacek
Scott Glenn ... Gartner
Tim Guinee ... Rady
Tim Ransom ... Boylar
Sean Astin ... Patella
Armand Darrius Armand Darrius ... Robins
Mark Adair-Rios ... Bobcat 5 (as Mark Adair-Riós)
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Storyline

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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for war violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

12 July 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mut zur Wahrheit See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

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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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The unit portrayed in the movie, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Serling, is the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment (2nd ACR). The Regiment was comprised of heavy tanks (M1A1) and fighting vehicles (Bradly FV M3). The unit as such no longer exists. It is now known as the 2nd Cavalry Regiment (Stryker) which fights as an infantry (non-tanks) unit. See more »

Goofs

When the helicopter drops the fuel cell on the Iraqi tank and sets it on fire with the flare gun causing the tank to explode, in the next scene after the helicopter is hit and spinning out of control, there is a camera shot of the chopper filmed from the other side of the Iraqi tank and you see the Iraqi soldiers standing around the tank and can briefly see the tanks turret with the commander still sitting in the hatch behind the heavy machine gun of the turret, when in fact, according to the previous scene, the tank should now be a flaming smoking heap. See more »

Quotes

Monfriez: Sir, if you get a hangfire on your weapon, what do you do? You wait, with your weapon pointed in a safe direction, 'cause sometimes the primer bursts, and if you open the chamber it blows up in your face. Leave this round in the chamber, sir.
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Angel from Montgomery
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26 April 1999 | by bobafett-16See 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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