Critics' Corner

Rita Kempley - Style section, "A downright entertaining combo or mystery, melodrama and action adventure."

Desson Howe - Weekend section, "I wasn’t particularly moved or riveted with suspense."

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'Courage Under Fire'

Scene from this movie Denzel Washington is Lt. Col. Nathaniel Serling, who is beleaguered with bad dreams and a tough, investigative mission. Meg Ryan plays a slain army pilot whose apparent valor on the battlefield is the subject of his inquiry.

With the Gulf War now over, the White House is scrambling for a public hero. Their pet candidate is Capt. Karen Walden (Ryan), a medevac pilot who died in action during a disastrous rescue attempt. When Serling separately interviews the surviving crew members, he discovers anecdotal discrepancies. That significant night and morning, during which Walden and her crew held out against the enemy, becomes an increasing mystery. -- Desson Howe
Rated R

Director: Edward Zwick
Cast: Denzel Washington; Meg Ryan; Lou Diamond Phillips; Michael Moriarty; Matt Damon; Seth Gilliam; Bronson Pinchot; Scott Glenn
Running Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
Filmographies: Denzel Washington; Meg Ryan;
Lou Diamond Phillips; Bronson Pinchot; Scott Glenn; Michael Moriarty