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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 ([[Performer~P74843~Denzel Washington~denzelwashington]]) 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 ([[Performer~P50682~Michael Moriarty~michaelmoriarty]]). Capt. Karen Walden ([[Performer~P62388~Meg Ryan~megryan]]) 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 ([[Performer~P16762~Matt Damon~mattdamon]]) says Walden acted heroically and sacrificed herself to save the others in her company, while Monfriez ([[Performer~P106383~Lou Diamond Phillps~loudiamondphillips]]) claims she was a coward who was attempting to surrender to enemy troops. Meanwhile, reporter Tony Gartner ([[Performer~P27245~Scott Glenn~scottglenn]]) is hounding Serling, trying to get the inside story on Walden and on Serling's own difficulties. [[Performer~P16762~Matt Damon~mattdamon]] 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

  • Release date:July 4, 1996

Cast

Denzel Washington
as Lt. Col. Nathaniel Serling
Meg Ryan
as Captain Karen Walden
Lou Diamond Phillips
as Monfriez
Michael Moriarty
as Gen. Hershberg
Matt Damon
as Ilario
Bronson Pinchot
as Bruno
Scott Glenn
as Tony Gartner
Michael Dolan
as Orderly
Jack Watkins
as Coffee Sergeant
Pat Young
as Drill Team Commander
Ken Jenkins
as Joel Walden
Amy Hathaway
as Annie
Ned Vaughn
as Chelli
Tom Schanley
as Questioner
Sean Astin
as Patella
Michole Briana White
as Maria
Julius Carter
as Rowtero
Regina Taylor
as Meredith Serling
John Roarke
as The President
Reed Frerichs
as Delinquent Soldier
Bruce McGill
as McQuillan
Zeljko Ivanek
as Banacek
Jimmy Pickens
as Soldier
Bob Apisa
as Iraqi Tank Commander
Mark Adair-Rios
as Bobcat 5
Tim Guinee
as Rady
Manny Perez
as Jenkins
Armand Darrius
as Robins
Tim Ransom
as Boylar
Albert Hall
as Speaker
Kyle Mickaelian
as Refueler
Richard Venture
as Don Boylar
Diane Baker
as Louise Boylar
Lucky Luciano
as Nathan Serling Jr.
Seth Gilliam
as Altameyer
Kathleen Widdoes
as Geraldine Walden
Sean Patrick Thomas
as Thompson
Christina Stojanovich
as Anne Marie Walden

Crew

Edward Zwick
Director
Joseph M. Singer
Producer
David T. Friendly
Producer
Patrick Sheane Duncan
Screenwriter
Roger Deakins
Cinematographer
James Horner
Composer (Music Score)
James Horner
Musical Arrangement
James Horner
Songwriter
Steven Rosenblum
Editor
John Graysmark
Production Designer
Paul Neesan
Co-producer
Debra Martin Chase
Executive Producer
Randall D. Wilkins
Set Designer
Barbara Mesney
Set Designer
Andrew Neskoromny
Set Designer
Francine Jamison-Tanchuck
Costume Designer
Willie D. Burton
Sound/Sound Designer
Skip Cosper
First Assistant Director
Steve Kelso
Stunts
Steve Picerni
Stunts
Pete Antico
Stunts
John Cenatiempo
Stunts
Jim Halty
Stunts
Danny Rogers
Stunts
Alan Oliney
Stunts
David Zellitti
Stunts
Mary Colquhoun
Casting
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