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Army Lt. Col. Nat Serling (Washington) is unexpectedly assigned to review the candidacy of Capt. Karen Emma Walden (Ryan, seen only in flashbacks) to receive the posthumous Medal of Honor for bravery in combat. A Gulf War Medevac pilot, Walden would be the first woman awarded the honor if Serling can figure out the truth from her surviving crew's wildly conflicting reports. Ironically, Serling's dealing with a guilt complex since four members of his tank unit died in the war under friendly fire. Stellar performances, including a frightening one by Phillips. Based on the novel by Duncan, who also did the screenplay; Washington and director Zwick previously worked together on "Glory."

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Available on Running time 120 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Military: Army, Women, Persian Gulf War, Flashback, Death & the Afterlife, Women in War, Top Grossing Films of 1996, Survival, Suicide, Trains, Postwar, Rescue Missions
Patrick Sheane Duncan
Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan, Matt Damon, Lou Diamond Phillips, Michael Moriarty, Scott Glenn, Bronson Pinchot, Seth Gilliam, Sean Astin, Regina Taylor, Tim Guinee, Ken Jenkins, Kathleen Widdoes, Zeljko Ivanek, Tim Ransom, Ned Vaughn
Roger Deakins
Edward Zwick
James Horner
John Davis, David T. Friendly, Joseph M. Singer, Joseph M. Caracciolo, Debra Martin Chase, 20th Century-Fox

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Courage Under Fire
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This movie won many awards. It is a great movie! Captain Karen Walden, a rescue copter pilot, 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 and award her the Medal of Honor, but some conflicting accounts from her crew and soldiers in the area, cause him to be question whether she deserves the medal.