The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)
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This retelling of one of Charles Lindbergh's most famous feats stars Jimmy Stewart as the legendary flier, and was directed by Billy Wilder. The story, adapted from Lindbergh's autobiography, begins when the aviator is working as an airmail pilot, but has much loftier goals in mind for himself. He begins to envision a nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic - something that no one has ever done before - and finds a group in St. Louis, Missouri willing to provide the necessary financial backing;
Jan 1, 1957 Limited
Aug 15, 2006
Warner Home Video
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Charles A. Lindbergh
Jess the Cook
E. Lansing Ray
James L. Robertson
Robert B. Williams
Herbert C. Lytton
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A haunting recollection of one of the thrilling events of our times has been handsomely staged by Mr. Wilder, and for that you should see the film.
Not one of Billy Wilder's best efforts -- still has some interest because of James Stewart's performance, which is very nearly a one-man show.
Not one of Billy Wilder's strong features, this biopic of the ace flyer is too conventional, lacking the helmer's more characteristic humor, irony, cynicism.
The adventure of the historical making flight was captured, but not its spirit.
Stewart, who was nominated for five best actor Oscars -- his one win was for "The Philadelphia Story" (1940) -- turns in perhaps his most impressive feat.
Lindbergh's biggest dilemma on the flight was trying to stay awake. To a large extent, it's ours, too.
Fascinating, albeit tedious, telling of the Lindbergh flight.
...in the end, the long film becomes almost as tedious as the flight that inspired it.
Loved it as a kid. Might not wear well now.
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