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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 combat, he uncovers the painful truth and simultaneously faces his own pent-up guilt regarding the war.
Plot Synopsis
After the Gulf War Lt. Colonel Nathan Serling returns home knowing he had accidentally destroyed one of his own tanks. The army covers up the incident and he is assigned to investigate a female pilot who is about to receive the Medal of Honour.
Product Details
Actors Bronson Pinchot
Bronson Pinchot (Voice)
Denzel Washington
Lou Diamond Phillips
Matt Damon
Matt Damon (Voice)
Meg Ryan
Michael Moriarty
Scott Glenn
Seth Gilliam
Director Edward Zwick
Audio Format Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
Stereo Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
Language English
Disc Features Interactive Menus
Aspect Ratio 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen
Year of release 1996
Media Format Blu-ray
Film Rating (Australia) MA15+
Number of Discs 1
Film Rating (UK) 15
Run Time (minutes) 111
Cast & Crew James Horner (Composer)
Roger Deakins (Director of Photography)
Steven Rosenblum (Editor)
David T. Friendly (Producer)
John Davis (Producer)
Joseph M. Singer (Producer)
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