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Courage Under Fire (1996)

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Release Date
 USA: Jul 12, 1996
DVD Release Date
 R1: Sep 13, 2004
 R2: 7 Jun 2004

Budget $46,000,000

MPAA Rating
Rated R for war violence and language.

Running Time
1 hour, 57 minutes

Country USA

Studio 20th Century Fox, Davis Entertainment, Fox 2000 Pictures, Joseph M. Singer Production

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Other Titles
• Courage Under Fire
• Mut zur Wahrheit (1997)

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Genre: Action, Mystery, War, Drama, Military, Deception, Melodrama, Political, Detectives, Drugs, Tragedy, Murder, Spy, Suspense, Investigation

Tagline: A medal for honor. A search for justice. A battle for truth.

Plot: Following the 1991 Gulf War, Lieutenant Colonel Nathaniel Serling (Denzel Washington) is assigned to review the background of the late Captain Karen Walden (Meg Ryan), who has been posthumously nominated for a medal of honor. While investigating Walden's candidacy, Serling is forced to face his own disillusionment and guilt surrounding the war. As he begins the interviewing process, he uncovers several inconsistencies in the stories told by the late pilot's crew. The three officers, who may or may not have been saved by the captain's actions, all give drastically different accounts of the events leading up to Walden's death. Ilario (Matt Damon) paints Walden as an unselfish, courageous hero, while the surly Monfriez (Lou Diamond Phillips) describes her as a crybaby and a coward. The third soldier, Altameyer (Seth Gilliam), lies dying in an army hospital, mumbling guilty confessions in a medicated haze. Similar to the storytelling technique used in Akira Kurosawa's RASHOMON, director Edward Zwick's COURAGE UNDER FIRE features each officer's account of the fateful incident reenacted onscreen, offering wildly diverse portrayals of Walden. Meg Ryan shines in a role that demands she play one character a multitude of ways. As Serling pieces together the radically different tales of

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 Directed by
Edward Zwick
The Last Samurai, Glory, Legends of the Fall
 Written by
Patrick Sheane Duncan
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Denzel Washington
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Meg Ryan
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Lou Diamond Phillips
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Matt Damon
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Zeljko Ivanek
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Scott Glenn
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Tim Guinee
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 Music By
James Horner
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