Memphis Belle

Memphis Belle

Michael Caton-Jones (1990)

102min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
David Puttnam - here co-producing with Catherine Wyler, whose father, director William Wyler, made 1944's classic documentary of the same name - was the force behind this moving and nostalgic trip back to the Second World War that focuses on the crew members of a B-17 bomber who are bidding to complete their final mission. It's a bit too predictable - the usual "Will they make it back or not?" heroics - but the characters (slickly played by a strong cast that includes Matthew Modine and Eric Stoltz) are endearing and the crew's final flight is grippingly filmed. Most of the plaudits, though, must go to the stunning aerial effects and photography, and, of course, to the real heroes of this true-life story.

Summary

The crewmen of an American B-17 bomber prepare for their final flight before returning home to a hero's welcome. However, the mission - to launch a daylight raid on a supply factory in a heavily defended German city - threatens to be the most hazardous they have ever undertaken. Fact-based Second World War drama, with Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz, John Lithgow, Harry Connick Jr, Tate Donovan and Billy Zane.

Cast & Crew

Dennis Dearborn Matthew Modine
Danny Daly Eric Stoltz
Col Bruce Derringer John Lithgow
Clay Busby Harry Connick Jr
Luke Sinclair Tate Donovan
Val Kozlowski Billy Zane
Richard `Rascal' Moore Sean Astin
Eugene McVey Courtney Gains
Phil Lowenthal DB Sweeney
Craig Harriman David Strathairn
Faith Jane Horrocks
Director Michael Caton-Jones
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for violence and language.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama