Courage Under Fire [DTS] [DVD] [1996]

  • SKU: 4080087
  • Release Date: 12/26/2000
  • Rating: R
Edward Zwick directed the war drama Courage Under Fire, which comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, and Dolby Digital Surround, while a French soundtrack has also been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by director Zwick, a making-of featurette, and a collection of both theatrical trailers and television promotional spots. This is a solid release from 20th Century Fox.
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
91% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (10 out of 11)

Special Features


  • Director's commentary
  • Featurette
  • Original theatrical trailer & TV spots
  • Anamorphic widescreen (aspect ratio 1.85:1)
  • Audio: DTS English; English 5.1 Surround; English Dolby Surround; French Dolby Surround
  • Subtitles: English; Spanish
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Courage Under Fire
A soldier discovers how elusive the truth can be in this first major film about America's role in the Gulf War. Lt. Col. Nathaniel Serling (Denzel Washington) was the commander of a unit during Operation Desert Storm who mistakenly ordered the destruction of what he believed to be an enemy tank, only to discover that it actually held U.S. soldiers, including a close friend. Since then, Serling has been an emotional wreck, drinking heavily and allowing his marriage to teeter on the brink of collapse. As a means of redeeming himself, Serling is given a new assignment by his superior, Gen. Hershberg (Michael Moriarty). Capt. Karen Walden (Meg Ryan) was a helicopter pilot who died in battle during the Iraqi conflict, and the White House has proposed that Walden be posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Serling is asked to investigate Walden's actions on the field of battle, but he quickly discovers that no two stories about her are quite the same; Ilario (Matt Damon) says Walden acted heroically and sacrificed herself to save the others in her company, while Monfriez (Lou Diamond Phillps) claims she was a coward who was attempting to surrender to enemy troops. Meanwhile, reporter Tony Gartner (Scott Glenn) is hounding Serling, trying to get the inside story on Walden and on Serling's own difficulties. Matt Damon lost 40 pounds to prepare for his role in Courage Under Fire, which resulted in a potentially life-threatening illness for the young actor. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Denzel Washington
    Denzel Washington - Lt. Col. Nathaniel Serling
  • Meg Ryan
    Meg Ryan - Captain Karen Walden
  • Lou Diamond Phillips
    Lou Diamond Phillips - Monfriez
  • Michael Moriarty
    Michael Moriarty - Gen. Hershberg
  • Matt Damon
    Matt Damon - Ilario



Overall customer rating

4.5
91%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, but not a classic

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    FruitPunch
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    This movie is one of Meg Ryan's attempts to try to not be typecast as a rom-com only film star. She succeeds in not being bad, but is clearly out of her element in this. In contrast, Denzel Washington shines in this film as he does in almost every film.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Denzel has courage especialy under fire!

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    Amazing
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    One of my fave denzel movies of all time. Great story line. Denzel is so amazing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Wait...what happened?

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    Arnold
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    Kind of a modern day version of Rashomon. Denzel and the rest of the cast give great performances.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Seriously good

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    AppleJack
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    One to think about where we are as a society and where we are headed. Lots of drama.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie

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    Bond
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    This movie can be watched over and over. Excellent acting with star studded actors.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another denzel classic

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    James
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    Denzel classic. Work of art. Award winning. Enough said denzel

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great movie with Great Cast

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    MoreHumanThanHuman
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    Great movie that had one of the best cast to tell a strong, dramatic story.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Cast; Good War Film

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    Nicho
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    A very interesting look at the duality of honor and worthiness.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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