Courage Under Fire (1996)

R   |    |  Action, Drama, Mystery

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A U.S. Army officer, despondent about a deadly mistake he made, investigates a female chopper commander's worthiness for the Medal of Honor.




  • Matt Damon at an event for Courage Under Fire (1996)
  • Matt Damon in Courage Under Fire (1996)
  • Meg Ryan in Courage Under Fire (1996)
  • Meg Ryan and Matt Damon in Courage Under Fire (1996)
  • Matt Damon in Courage Under Fire (1996)
  • Matt Damon in Courage Under Fire (1996)

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13 February 2006 | Pookyiscute
| For the kind of film it is, it's not bad
At the beginning of the film, someone makes a reference to Meg Ryan's character as being "butch". I immediately thought, "Yeah right. Meg Ryan, butch?" Well, I was actually quite surprised with her performance, given the fact that she is a light romantic screen actress. Plus, she was once considered one of America's sweethearts, so it's hard to picture her in a role like this.

Denzel Washington, a Colonol in the Army, is investigating the death of an American soldier who died in the field, during the Iraqi war. Whether she deserves the medal of honor, which she has been nominated for, is the reason for the investigation. There are surviving members of her crew, and each one has a different version of the story, and what really happened the morning of her death.

The first twenty minutes of the film are slow, and a bit hard to pay attention to (or maybe that's just me and military movies), but once you get into the story, it picks up quite a bit, and becomes very interesting and worth the watch. I will probably never see this movie again, but it was entertaining enough that I was able to sit through the whole thing without being frustrated from boredom.

Denzel Washington was good, but nothing special. I suppose it might have been his character, given the fact that it was a pretty bland role. Lou Diamond Phillipes was probably the best actor in the whole film, and blew me away with his performance. I'm surprised he hasn't done as much since this film came out.

Again, Meg Ryan was good in this, but I wouldn't have chosen her for this part. I would have gone with someone a little more masculine to fill her character's shoes, perhaps someone like Jodie Foster.

It was a good drama, and if you want to see a really young and good looking Matt Damon, this is your chance. Other than that though, it's not worth that much. It's better than most action movies, but then again, there's not really that much action as there is story telling, which I enjoyed the most out of the whole film.

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Release Date:

12 July 1996


English, Arabic

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Texas, USA

Box Office


$46,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,501,586 14 July 1996

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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