Courage Under Fire

Closed Capationed Starring: Meg Ryan & Denzel Washington Director: Edward Zwick  Rated: R: Restricted
A medal for honor. A search for justice. A battle for truth.
Courage Under Fire
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 56 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1996
  • Label: 20th Century Fox
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • NTSC
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Dolby Surround - English
    • Dolby Surround - French
    • DTS Surround 5.1 - English
    • THX Mastered Audio
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Featurette
    • Audio Commentary: Edward Zwick - Director
    • Trailers:
      1. 3 Original Theatrical Trailers
      2. 3 TV Spots
  • Interactive Features:
    • Scene Access
    • Interactive Menus

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Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 08/08/1996
"...Denzel Washington is a potent actor in peak form....COURAGE UNDER FIRE honors its subject and its audience..."
USA Today - 07/12/1996
"...Thoughtful. Intelligent. Moving. Provocative..." -- 4 out of 4 stars
Entertainment Weekly - 08/09/1996
"...[Washington gives a] haunted, nearly implosive performance." -- Rating: B+
Variety - 06/24/1996
"...A carefully conceived, dramatically honorable picture that treats its subject with clarity and intelligence..."
Los Angeles Times - 07/12/1996
"...Intelligent, involving and serious....Lou Diamond Phillips gives an intense, focused performance..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 07/12/1996
"...Zwick's direction handles the many conflicting story possibilities with great clarity..."

Product Description:

When Lt. Colonel Nathaniel Serling (Denzel Washington) is asked to review the posthumous candidacy of the first woman (Meg Ryan) to receive a medal of honor, he finds himself plunged into an apparent cover-up surrounding the actions that led to her death. As he struggles to uncover the truth, he also finds himself forced to confront his own tormenting demons. Matt Damon co-stars in this powerful and provocative drama.

Product Description:

When Lt. Colonel Nathaniel Serling (Denzel Washington) is asked to review the posthumous candidacy of the first woman (Meg Ryan) to receive a medal of honor, he finds himself plunged into an apparent cover-up surrounding the actions that led to her death. As he struggles to uncover the truth, he also finds himself forced to confront his own tormenting demons. Matt Damon co-stars in this powerful and provocative drama.

Plot Synopsis:

Assigned to investigate and approve a killed-in-action helicopter pilot's candidacy to become the first female recipient of the congressional medal of honor, a disillusioned former Gulf War officer finds inconsistencies in the stories told by the late pilot's crew.

Plot Keywords:

Action | Character Study | Deception | Melodrama | Military | Mystery | Recommended | Self-Discovery | Theatrical Release | Thriller | War

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: July 12, 1996.
  • Filmed in Texas and California.
  • COURAGE UNDER FIRE features one of Matt Damon's first major screen roles.
  • The film's multiple-point-of-view concept is loosely based on Akira Kurosawa's 1950 film RASHOMON. Martin Ritt's THE OUTRAGE is also patterned after Kurosawa's classic film.

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  • Sales Rank: 85,847
  • UPC: 024543010838
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