Meg Ryan, Matt Damon and Oscar® Winner* Denzel Washington light up the screen in this “intelligent, involving” (Los Angeles Times) story about courage, honor and the true meaning of heroism in the face of impossible odds. When troubled U.S. Army Officer Serling (Washington) is asked to review the posthumous candidacy of the first woman (Ryan) to receive a Medal of Honor, he’s determined to carry out the monumental task without letting pressure from hopeful superiors interfere with the process. But as the investigation plunges him into an apparent cover-up surrounding her death, Serling must confront the lies, deceit – and his own tormenting demons – to find the truth behind the final moments of a soldier’s life.
**Director's Commentary by Edward Zwick
**Original Theatrical Trailers
Cast & Crew
A carefully conceived, dramatically honorable picture that treats its subject with clarity and intelligence, especially by contemporary standards.
Despite its underlying predictability, Courage Under Fire manages warmth, intelligence and a healthy share of surprises.
A fascinating mystery mixed with war action.
At the end of Courage Under Fire, you feel torn between admiration and annoyance with the filmmakers, who take an attention-grabbing premise and skillfully develop it into a conclusion that's pure piffle.
Courage Under Fire honors its subject and its audience.
While its re-creation of combat is not Courage Under Fire's most involving aspect, the film succeeds in making the Gulf War seem more of a real event than all the footage shipped back on CNN could.