Courage Under Fire (Blu-ray) (1996)
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|When Lt. Colonel Nathaniel Serling (Denzel Washington) is asked to review the postumous 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.|
"A downright entertaining combo of mystery, melodrama and action adventure. Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"...a grown-up film that is worth saluting. Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today
Editor's NoteFollowing 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.
Cast & Crew
|Lou Diamond Phillips|
|Edward Zwick - Director|
|James Horner - Original Music By|
|John Davis - Producer|
|Joseph M. Caracciolo - Executive Producer|
|Patrick Sheane Duncan - Writer|
|Roger Deakins - Cinematographer|
|Steven Rosenblum - Editor|
Plot SummaryAssigned 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.
|Image Award, Denzel Washington, Outstanding Lead Actor In A Motion Picture|
|Image Award, Courage Under Fire, Outstanding Motion Picture|
|Image Award, Regina Taylor, Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture|