Courage Under Fire


1h 55m 1996

Brief Synopsis

While serving in the Persian Gulf at Al Bathra, Lt. Colonel Nathanial Serling gives the order to fire at what he believes is an enemy T-54 tank and is horrified to learn that he's destroyed one of his own tanks, killing several of Serling's own men. As the military conducts a hushed investigation in

Film Details

Also Known As
sanningens namn, À l'épreuve du feu
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Thriller
War
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
20th Century Fox Distribution
Location
Austin, Texas, USA; Yuma, Arizona, USA; El Paso, Texas, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 55m

Synopsis

While serving in the Persian Gulf at Al Bathra, Lt. Colonel Nathanial Serling gives the order to fire at what he believes is an enemy T-54 tank and is horrified to learn that he's destroyed one of his own tanks, killing several of Serling's own men. As the military conducts a hushed investigation into this incident of "friendly fire" Serling is reassigned to a job in Awards and Decorations at the Pentagon and ordered to review Capt. Karen Walden's candidacy for a Medal of Honor, to be awarded to the Medevac pilot for her "courage under fire." The honor, unhappily, is to be posthumous. Expected to expedite the inquiry and rubber-stamp the approval for the Medal, Serling instead finds himself unavoidably drawn into her crew's conflicting stories regarding Walden's actions during a rescue mission. Serling begins to suspect a much more complicated tale, perhaps even a cover-up. In a desperate race against time, he must not only find the truth, but somehow manage to preserve his honor.

Crew

Erik Anderson

Visual Effects

Pete Antico

Stunts

Christopher Assells

Editor

Terry Atchison

Props

Rory Aylward

Technical Advisor

Karen M. Baker

Assistant Sound Editor

Dick Bayard

Construction Coordinator

Anna Behlmer

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Lon Bender

Sound Designer

Maxine Bergen

Script Supervisor

Cliff Bergman

Other

Richard Berman

Effects Coordinator

Cliff Bernay

On-Set Dresser

Mike Billow

Helicopter Pilot

Scott Blackwell

Special Effects

Stanley Blackwell

Special Effects

Bob Bornstein

Music

Bob Bowman

Sound

Ben Bray

Stunts

Caroline Brock

Location Assistant

Brooke Brooks

Assistant

Robin Brown

Camera Operator

Robin Budd

Assistant

Burt Burnam

Assistant Director

Lange Burnett

Makeup

Gary Burritt

Negative Cutting

Willie Burton

Sound Mixer

Buzzy Burwell

Electrician

Jaime L Cabrera

Production Assistant

Joseph M Caracciolo

Executive Producer

Lisa Carey

Accounting Assistant

Mike Carroll

Other

Dwight Cary

Electrician

Michael R Casey

Location Manager

John Cenatiempo

Stunts

Debra Martin Chase

Executive Producer

Larry M. Cherry

Hair Stylist

Gary Clark

Other

Gary Clause

Props

Peter Clemence

Grip

Karen E Collins

Assistant Director

Jack Colmenero

Swing Gang

Mary Colquhoun

Casting

William Conner

Other

Joseph Conti

Other

Bryan Cooke

Visual Effects

Stephen Cooper

Art Director

Skip Cosper

Assistant Director

Kurt Courtland

Apprentice

Barbara Crow

Accounting Assistant

James Crowley

Production Assistant

Gerrit Dagremond

Camera Operator

Valerie Davidson

Foley Editor

John P Davis

Helicopter Pilot

John Davis

Producer

Sandy De Crescent

Music Contractor

Roger Deakins

Director Of Photography

Roger Deakins

Dp/Cinematographer

Ismael Deandra

Production Assistant

Kim Derry

Special Effects

Bruce Donnellan

Special Effects

Rob Doumitt

Gaffer

Billy Dowd

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Jeffrey Downer

Unit Production Manager

Jessica Drake

Dialect Coach

Patrick Duncan

Screenplay

Syd Dutton

Matte Painter

Tom Eckelberry

Other

Marty W Eichmann

Key Grip

James Etheridge

Camera Operator

Marcia Evers

Wardrobe

John Fagan

Special Effects

Tres Falls

Assistant Director

Ann Fisher

Dialogue Editor

Cliff Fleming

Helicopter Pilot

Richard Ford

Grip

David Friendly

Producer

Dino Ganziano

Hair Stylist

Scott Garcia

Special Effects

Linda Gasco

Camera Assistant

Michael Gaspar

Special Effects

Rick Gentz

Set Decorator

Scott Gershin

Editor

Cathy Mickel Gibson

Production Accountant

Don Givens

Foley Recordist

Jane Goldsmith

Script Supervisor

Robert J Goldstein

Location Manager

Grande Gonzalez

Special Effects

Jorge J. Gonzalez

Costumes

Mark S Gordon

Editor

David J. Grant

Assistant Director

John Graysmark

Production Designer

Tim Grossclose

Sound

Per Hallberg

Sound Editor

Penny Lee Hallin

Assistant Editor

James Halty

Stunts

Bruce Hamme

Dolly Grip

William Hankins

Camera Assistant

Andy Harris

Camera Assistant

Mark Harris

Other

Robert Wayne Harris

Other

Dan Hegeman

Dialogue Editor

Jim Henrikson

Music Editor

Curtis Herbert

Grip

Chuck Herrmann

Props Assistant

Sally Hershberger

Hair Stylist

Phil Hess

Editor

Ellen Heuer

Foley Artist

Steven Hiller

Camera Assistant

James Horner

Music

James Horner

Original Music

Karla Ingebretsen

Assistant

Steve Isbell

Dolly Grip

Al Itzkoff

Craft Service

Edison Jackson

Electrician

Guy Jackson

Best Boy

Craig Jaeger

Foley

Michael Jamison

Assistant Costume Designer

Francine Jamison-tanchuck

Costume Designer

M Evan Jensen

Helicopter Pilot

David Jobe

Foley Mixer

Dean Johnsen

Production Assistant

David Jones

Other

Gail Just

Costumes

Chris Kahn

Production Assistant

Cathy Kanavy

Location Assistant

Peter Karp

Assistant

Jeff Kay

Assistant Director

Liz Keigley

Casting

Steve Kelso

Stunts

William D Kennedy

Special Effects

Kelly Kerby

Special Effects Foreman

Josh Kesselman

Production Assistant

Nancy Jane King

Assistant Director

Lou Kleinman

Adr Editor

Jeremy Knaster

Electrician

Key Kolb

Grip

Valerie Mickaelian Kucera

Production Coordinator

Peter Kuran

Visual Effects

John Lacy

Electrician

Robert Leighton

Editor

Tammy Lema

Hair Stylist

Marvin E. Lewis

Boom Operator

Steve Ligorio

Grip

Mitch Lillian

Key Grip

Dianne Linn

Adr

Joe Lombardi

Special Effects

Paul Lombardi

Special Effects Coordinator

Marcus O Lopez

Camera Assistant

Leonard Lucas

Art Assistant

James Maloy

Grip

Jennifer Mann

Audio

David Marquette

Music

Charlie Marroquin

Grip

Jesse G Martin

Helicopter Pilot

Elizabeth Marx

Casting Associate

Fumi Mashimo

Animator

Joe Mayer

Adr Supervisor

Mimi N Mcgreal

Other

Dylan Mckenna

Accounting Assistant

Peter Mckernan

Helicopter Pilot

Fred Mclane

Camera Assistant

Barbara Mesney

Set Designer

Rexford Metz

Camera Operator

John D. Milinac

Special Effects

Arthur Miller

Railroad Consultant

Jeff Miller

Special Effects

Mike Milliken

Color Timer

Michael Mills

Prosthetic Makeup

Monoque Mitchell

Dolly Grip

James Mize

Other

Alex Montez

Grip

Bill Moore

Best Boy

Hector Morales-lozano

Costumes

Andrea Moraz

Camera Assistant

Jacque Morgan

Art Assistant

Chris Moriana

Foley Artist

Philip D. Morrill

Sound

Alan Munro

Visual Effects Supervisor

Shawn Murphy

Other

Paul Neesan

Coproducer

Andy Nelson

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Mary C Nelson

Grip

Andrew Neskoromny

Set Designer

Billy O'leary

Gaffer

Alan Oliney

Stunts

Robert Olmstead

Special Effects

Barbara Olvera

Hair Stylist

Mark Ormandy

Audio

Michael Papac

Property Master

Kellie Parks

Production Assistant

Ann Hollingsworth Patrie

Helicopter Pilot

David Peterson

Special Effects

Mari Phillips

On-Set Dresser

Rudy Pi

Other

Steve Picerni

Stunts

Brian Pierson

Audio

Juan Priego

Camera Assistant

Liz Probst

Accountant

Joe E. Rand

Music

Film Details

Also Known As
sanningens namn, À l'épreuve du feu
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Thriller
War
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
20th Century Fox Distribution
Location
Austin, Texas, USA; Yuma, Arizona, USA; El Paso, Texas, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 55m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer July 12, 1996

Released in United States on Video March 4, 1997

Denzel Washington reportedly received approximately $10 million to star. Meg Ryan reportedly received around $6 million to co-star opposite Washington.

Denzel Washington reportedly received approximately $10 million to star. Meg Ryan reportedly received around $6 million to co-star opposite Washington.

Completed shooting January 31, 1996.

Began shooting October 16, 1995.

Released in United States Summer July 12, 1996

Released in United States on Video March 4, 1997