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Memphis Belle

  • Drama
  • 1990
  • Michael Caton-Jones
  • 107 mins
  • PG

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.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Dennis DearbornMatthew Modine
Colonel Bruce DerringerJohn Lithgow
Danny DalyEric Stoltz
Richard "Rascal" MooreSean Astin
Clay BusbyHarry Connick Jr
VirgilReed Diamond
Luke SinclairTate Donovan
Phil RosenthalD B Sweeney
Val KozlowskiBilly Zane
Eugene McVeyCourtney Gains
Jack BocciNeil Giuntoli
Commanding officerDavid Strathairn
FaithJane Horrocks

Crew

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DirectorMichael Caton-Jones

Details

Language
English
Guidance
Edited for violence and language.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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