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Memphis Belle Reviews

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Super Reviewer

September 1, 2013
Memphis is a fairly underrated movie about the WWII bomber of the same name. Although relying on Clichés, there is still plenty to enjoy here, and the cast are very good in their roles. The story of the Memphis Belle is one of the most famous of any aircraft in the war. The film manages to tell some of its story, but there is also reliance on predictability and clichés to make it more appealing to the viewer. I personally feel that if the film would have been more accurate, this film could really have been a great War film. Overall, it's good, but it never goes beyond of what it could have been. Memphis Belle is nonetheless a good movie, but one that leaves wanting due to the fact that the true story is really interesting to read about. As it is, this one can spark interest in the subject, but due to the fact it's a watered down version of the facts, it only offers a part of the story. Read about the Memphis Belle instead. I liked the film, but it's never anything great. The material is imperfect, and in some areas it could have been better. This is entertaining for what it is, but if you're looking for facts of the plane's mission, watch a documentary of read books on the subject. Despite its flaws, Memphis Belle is thrilling from start to finish. The cast keep you involved and they each bring something unique to the screen to make this worth seeing. Although far from perfect, this film isn't half as bad as what many critics have said about it. If you love war films, check it out, just don't expect accuracy.

Super Reviewer

January 6, 2009
A Hollywood bastardization of the truth. The crew of the Belle would have been much better served by an independent film company, fewer 'stars' and better actors. Still, even a big production studio couldn't entirely extinguish the heroic aura of these men and what they accomplished. A gripping true story, in spite of the fact that it's littered with cliche characters and meaningless subplots.
Anthony L

Super Reviewer

September 29, 2009
Liked it a lot when I was younger but I now wince at the clichés and the overall Hollywood cheese! Good cast though!

Super Reviewer

March 24, 2008
Movie about WWII bombers. Good cast.
Alexander W

Super Reviewer

March 2, 2008
Pilot film about airforce yanks in the world war 2

Super Reviewer

January 24, 2007
fantastic war flick

Super Reviewer

March 22, 2007
The first section of the film is an unbelievably cheesy soap opera, as we get to know the cardboard cut-out characters before their bombing raid over hostile territory. The second is a brilliantly done aerial combat sequence as we follow them on their ill fated mission. A game of two halfs indeed.
Dean !

Super Reviewer

July 1, 2007
A pretty good war film based around the flight of a bomber and its crew.

Super Reviewer

January 14, 2007
Best Male-bonding film I've ever seen --

Super Reviewer

November 13, 2006
Average adventure of World War II heroics.

Super Reviewer

November 23, 2011
Despite taking many liberties with the reality of the actual plane and crew, Memphis Belle is a relatively good film with some good acting and tense situations. It was also a career starter for a number of young actors. The overall tone of the film is an optimistic view of the sheer heroism of simply flying in one of these bombers. They aren't really portraying one bomber crew, but it's more a composite of the many very young men that risked and gave their lives on these missions.

You can call the characters a bit stereotypical, because they are composites. However it takes nothing away from the story, which suggests that some of the veteran crews were pretty good at the teamwork necessary to survive; or at least be able to alter the odds a little more in their favor. Evidence of training and discipline did contribute to some crews surviving tough missions. read about actor Jimmy Stewart's career, and you can see that he was considered a 'lucky' commander.

The film, Memphis Belle captures some good drama on and off the ground. It hints at, but doesn't fully exploit the stress that these young men were under. Only the navigator is really a nervous wreck for most of the mission, but everyone has moments of terror in the film. The B-17 as an aircraft also gets good exposure here, even though they had only a handful of flying examples to CGI the vast squadrons that characterized the later war missions. The terrible randomness and helplessness on the missions comes off well. You can't help but wince at some of the scenes like the bomber chopped in half, and the desperate 'counting of the chutes' by the Belle's crew.

As a purely historical film, it has many flaws that others will no doubt pick at, but they're not fatal. It's never dull, and it's got an everyman character for most to sympathize with, whatever your background or temperment.
Marcus W

Super Reviewer

October 30, 2007
The ladies-man, the rascal, the serious one, the poet and the neurotic go to Germany, bomb a factory and come home again. Inbetween, the bravery of all those that have died during the war is pointed out. Bizarrely, considering what happens, all the pilots make it back alive - which is a massive cop out, true story or not. Most soaps are more exciting. It does have quite a good score mind.

Super Reviewer

June 3, 2007
Hollywood's interpretation of the events surrounding the B-17 bomber, Memphis Belle, and crew's 25th and final mission over Germany during WWII. Matthew Modine and Eric Stoltz lead an excellent ensemble cast of young actors in this ode to those valiant airmen who took to the skies in an effort to crush Hitler's war-making capabilities as preparation for the inevitable Allied ground assault on Nazi occupied Europe.
February 13, 2011
Great movie and great acting by class A actors. Based on a true story of men you flew and fought together in the Memphis Belle.
March 23, 2010
this one of the good of the good in war on a plane film...what a lots of great cast! very funny with the football from the beginning of the movie.
January 15, 2010
The amazing thing about this movie is that this bombing run actually happened (though it is not known weather or not the dramatic scenes on the plane itself actually happened). The story is great, as is the historically accurate ending; the Memphis Belle being the first B-17 Flying Fortress to run its full course of 25 missions.

~Mad Vulcan
July 28, 2009
I liked it. My dad (who flew in a B-17 in WWII) walked out because the aerial scenes brought back some scary memories.
Ida K

Super Reviewer

October 7, 2007
Based on the true story of WWII bomer Memphis Belle's last mission. No falling asleep during this one!
August 3, 2008
Pretty good movie, been a long time since I've seen it, but it was a cool perspective for a WWII movie.
February 23, 2008
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.
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