Courage Under Fire Movie Review 1996

Information and Film Reviews for Courage Under Fire the Movie

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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 VHS, DVD
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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