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COURAGE UNDER FIRE (article first published : 2005-07-19)

On July 27 at 20h00, M-Net will screen Courage under Fire an action movie made in 1996 directed by Edward Zwick and starring Denzel Washington and Meg Ryan.

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 Honour, to be awarded to the Medevac pilot for her courage under fire. The honour, 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 honour.




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