Courage Under Fire

Washington, Denzel

SKU: 024543414278

UPC 024543414278
Release Date 2007-01-23
Studio 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Discs 1
Length 116
Format Color
MPAA Rating R (MPAA)
Synopsis 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.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.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....Denzel Washington is a potent actor in peak form....COURAGE UNDER FIRE honors its subject and its audience......Thoughtful. Intelligent. Moving. Provocative... -- 4 out of 4 stars...[Washington gives a] haunted, nearly implosive performance. -- Rating: B+...A carefully conceived, dramatically honorable picture that treats its subject with clarity and intelligence......Intelligent, involving and serious....Lou Diamond Phillips gives an intense, focused performance......Zwick's direction handles the many conflicting story possibilities with great clarity...
Cast Michael Moriarty (Star)
Matt Damon (Star)
Meg Ryan (Star)
Bronson Pinchot (Star)
John Graysmark (Production Designer)
James Horner (Composer)
Edward Zwick (Director)
John Davis (Producer)
Patrick Sheane Duncan (Screenwriter)
Denzel Washington (Star)
Joseph M. Singer (Producer)
Roger Deakins (Director of Photography)
Francine Jamison-Tanchuck (Costume Designer)
Steven Rosenblum (Editor)
Seth Gilliam (Star)
Lou Diamond Phillips (Star)
Scott Glenn (Star)
Dan Lerner (2nd Unit Director)
David T. Friendly (Producer)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Keep Case Full Frame - 1.33 Widescreen - 1.85 Audio: 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio - English Dolby Digital 5.1 - French, Spanish Subtitles - French, Spanish - Optional Additional Release Material: Audio Commentary: Edward Zwick - Director Trailers: High Definition Theatrical Trailers Interactive Features: Pop Ups: 1. D-Box Motion Sensor Track 2. Trivia Track
Language English
Weight 0.20000
Height 0.75000
Width 5.50000
Depth 6.75000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Feature Film Drama
Attribute Additional Footage,BluRay HD-DVD,Color,Director Cast Commentary,Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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