Courage Under Fire

Synopsis: The pilot of a rescue copter, Captain Karen Walden, died shortly before her helicopter crew was rescued after it crashed in Desert Storm. It first appears that she made a spectacular rescue of a downed helicopter crew, then held her own crew together to fight off the Iraqis after her copter crashed. Lt. Colonel Serling, who is struggling with his own demons from Desert Storm, is assigned to investigate her worthiness for the Medal of Honor. But some conflicting accounts, from her crew and soldiers in the area, cause him to question whether she deserves it.
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Edward Zwick
Production: Columbia Pictures
  9 wins & 7 nominations.
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116 min

Oh, shit! We're almost browning out.

Nat, what's happening?

Liberty-6, we got enemy tanks on our flank.

We have contact.

This is Cougar-6.

Enemy tangos at phase line delta. Over.

- Patella, find me a target.

- I think I got one, sir.

Do you or do you not have a target?

I think so!

Gunner, Sabot, tank.

Identify! Up!


He just fired, sir.

They're firing at us!

- Loader!

- Up, sir!


Yeah! That's the one!

All right.

(radio) Sabre-6, we just lost Cougar-6.

- We got him.

- Sabre, you just lit up a friendly!

I heard you! We... what?

Oh, my God.

You just lit up Boylar, goddamn it!

(radio) Sabre-6, Nat, what's happening?

Patella, was that one of our tanks?

He fired, sir.

At us or at the T-72s?

I don't know.

At us or at the T-72s?

I don't know!

(Patella) Oh, Jesus fucking Christ.

(radio) Colonel Serling, report status now.


They have range on us, sir.


Oh, Christ, Colonel...

I gave the order to fire.

So with your thermal equipment,...

..confused by burning tanks

and smoke obscuring your visual ID,... couldn't tell the difference

between the T-54 and the Abrams.

I believe that, uh, we...

l should have known the difference,...

..even with the night scope.

If we weren't under attack,...

But, under the circumstances,

there was no way to tell the difference.

Under the circumstances,...

..I suppose there was

no way to tell the difference, but...

There was no way to tell the difference.

Thank you, Colonel.

That's all we need.

(Patella) Were almost browning out!

(Boylar) We got enemy tanks on our flank.

We have contact.


We just lost Cougar-6!

You just lit up a friendly!

(knock on door)

Colonel Serling?


You OK? Can I get you something?

Yes, I'm fine. Fine.

Uh, yes, you can get me a cup of coffee.

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Patrick Sheane Duncan

Patrick Sheane Duncan (born 1947) is an American writer, film producer and director.A graduate of Grand Valley State University in Allendale Charter Township, Michigan, Duncan's career has been influenced by his Vietnam War experiences, which inspired the television mini-series Vietnam War Story (1987) and its sequel Vietnam War Story: The Last Days (1989) and the films 84C MoPic (1989) and Courage Under Fire (1996). Additional writing credits include A Home of Our Own (1993), The Pornographer (1994), Nick of Time (1995), Mr. Holland's Opus (1995), and the television movies A Painted House (2003), Elvis (2005), and the Little Red Wagon. more…

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