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Courage Under Fire

  R Closed Captioning

Edward Zwick

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Plot Summary

When Lt. Colonel Nathaniel Serling (Denzel Washington) is asked to review the posthumous 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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 53
  • Fresh: 45
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Despite its underlying predictability, Courage Under Fire manages warmth, intelligence and a healthy share of surprises. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jan 8, 2010

Fresh: Courage Under Fire honors its subject and its audience. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Nov 24, 2006

Fresh: Part Rashomon, part The Caine Mutiny, the first major-studio film to deal with 1991's Desert Storm not only captures the terror of battle but also its wrenching aftermath. – Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: I wasn't particularly moved or riveted with suspense. – Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Great movie...

Courage Under Fire is a dynamic story of events that can happen in the military today. Very well written and directed. The actors were marvelous. 5 STARS!!!!!

Fantastic Movie!

Unpredictable, Edge of Your Seat, Gut wrenching, Tear Jerker. Your emotions will be moved constantly watching this movie. Denzel is so believeable, Meg Ryan was great, and the plot was well thought out. I could watch this again and again. I'd love to buy this and keep it in my collection forever.

This movie is amazing.

I'm not one for war or military movies but this movie definitely goes deeper into the people and their families. You will love it-very moving and there is so much more going on than you think. The images still get me, and I choke up sometimes when I talk about it. I will be purchasing it!

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