Re: Courage Under [Friendly] Fire

Ben Friedlander (
Sun, 28 Jul 1996 10:53:52 -0400

I'd come to the conclusion that race and gender were "McGuffins" in _Courage
Under Fire_, but Maggie Jaffe's post makes me reconsider. One reading, I
suppose, is that the blacks and women will save our army from the desk
jockies, cowards and militia types who don't care about country and honor,
just themselves. This would be another way the film appropriates an anti-army
argument in order to bolster the army's prestige.

By the way, the depiction of the military in _Lone Star_ was a tonic after
_Courage under Fire_. I especially liked the private who flunks her drug

Ben Friedlander