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Courage Under Fire
SUBJECTS — U.S./1945 - 1991;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Marriage; Redemption; Leadership;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness; Responsibility.
Age: 12+; MPAA Rating: R; Drama; 1996; 115 minutes; Color.
Set in 1991 during the first war in Iraq, this film is the fictional story of the first woman to receive a Medal of Honor for heroism in combat. A subplot concerns the destruction of a U.S. Army tank by friendly fire and its effect on the man responsible.
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In August of 1990 Iraq invaded the tiny Sheikdom of Kuwait which, at the time, had 10% of the world's oil reserves. Iraq had a like amount. This act of aggression threatened the stability of the other oil producing Arab countries, most importantly Saudi Arabia, which controlled another 25% of the world's oil reserves. Because the economies of the Western industrialized nations were dependent on Arab oil, the West, lead by the United States, was forced to go to war with Iraq to liberate Kuwait. Desert Storm was the first war in which the U.S. Military assigned combat roles to women. It was an easy victory for the U.S. and its allies. Only 149 allied soldiers died and 513 were wounded.
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