The Spirit of St Louis

The Spirit of St Louis

Billy Wilder (1957)

129min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This historical drama is one of the greatest, most undershown and underrated achievements of director Billy Wilder, who's best known for such mordant comedies as Some Like It Hot and Sunset Blvd. It is a staggering conceit to film such a seemingly uncinematic tale as Charles A Lindbergh's solo flight across the Atlantic, confined as it is to one man in a small cockpit. Wilder makes it an emotional tour de force, utilising flashbacks and narration with wit and skill, aided by Franz Waxman's superb score and Robert Burks and J Peverell Marley's magnificent photography. James Stewart is a shade too old for Lindbergh, but no other actor could better his unique all-American combination of intensity, tenderness and wry concern.

Summary

Biopic of pioneering aviator Charles Lindbergh, who began his career flying airmail for the Army, before designing and constructing a plane for a non-stop solo flight from New York to Paris in 1927. As he sets off on his dangerous journey, he looks back over his past experiences in the air. Starring James Stewart, Murray Hamilton, Patricia Smith and Marc Connelly.

Cast & Crew

Charles A Lindbergh James Stewart
Bud Gurney Murray Hamilton
Mirror Girl Patricia Smith
Father Hussman Marc Connelly
BF Mahoney Bartlett Robinson
Donald Hall Arthur Space
Harry Knight Robert Cornthwaite
OW Schultz Charles Watts
Major Albert Lambert Robert Burton
Goldsborough Dabbs Greer
Director Billy Wilder
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner Bros Pictures LtdAvailable on: video
Drama