Memphis Belle is one of those movies that attempts to be serious, but sadly, in the end, manages to almost become a farce of itself. Some of the dialogue, combined with some of the footage, takes away from the overall value of the story.
The story in question presented here, is of one of the most famous bombers in all of air warfare--the Memphis Belle. The movie stars a very young Billy Zane, D.B. Sweeney, Matthew Modine, and an extremely annoying Sean Astin. But then again, when has Sean Astin not been annoying in any of his roles?
Along for the ride, also, is one Harry Connick, Jr. This was one of Connick's first big screen roles, albeit a small one. But it would become the platform that launched him into other movie roles(most of them romantic--I.E. Hope Floats).
While much of the acting is overblown, and certain sequences, such as the groups of bombers flying over Germany, and the Nazi plane cutting one bomber in half after being shot down, detract from the overall movie, one can't help but imagine what it must have been like to fly in one of those planes. The waist gunners had only guns keeping them from falling out of the planes. And the ball turret gunner had nothing under him. So sitting in the belly of those planes was doing the same as signing one's death warrant. Considering these factors, one can at least appreciate the sacrifices made by the greatest generation, even if this movie does not help do justice to what just one group of veterans did.