Memphis Belle (1990)




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Filmed in the patriotic spirit of pre-Vietnam-era war pictures, the fact-based Memphis Belle details the climactic mission of a B-17 bomber squadron during World War II. The ten-man crew is led by pilot Dennis Dearborn (Matthew Modine) and his co-pilot Luke Sinclair (Tate Donovan); other members include a radio operator (Eric Stoltz), a bombardier (Billy Zane), and a tail-gunner (singer Harry Connick Jr.). The film was produced by Catherine Wyler, whose legendary father William helmed a documentary about the same mission in 1943.
PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Matthew Modine
as Dennis Dearborn
Eric Stoltz
as Danny Daly
Tate Donovan
as Luke Sinclair
D.B. Sweeney
as Phil Rosenthal
Billy Zane
as Val Kozlowski
Sean Astin
as Richard 'Rascal' Moore
Harry Connick Jr.
as Clay Busby
Reed Diamond
as Virgil
Courtney Gains
as Eugene McVey
David Strathairn
as Commanding Officer
John Lithgow
as Col. Bruce Derringer
Neil Giuntoli
as Jack Bocci
Jodie Wilson
as Singer
Steven Mackintosh
as Stan, the Rookie
Bradley Lavelle
as Sergeant
Greg Charles
as Adjutant
Bradley Lavell
as Sergeant
Ben Browder
as Rookie Captain
Mitch Webb
as Group Navigator
Paul Birchard
as Lieutenant
Bill Cullum
as Farmer
Eric Loren
as Cook
Morag Siller
as Jitterbugger
Cathy Murphy
as Jitterbugger
Steve Elm
as Footballer
Jason Salkey
as Footballer
Martin McDougal
as Footballer
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Critic Reviews for Memphis Belle

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

Excellent and harrowing account of the trials of a World War II bomber crew.

May 30, 2003
Reno Gazette-Journal

Badly written and poorly structured ensemble piece that provides little except the impressive feature debut of Harry Connick, Jr. as an actor.

October 8, 2002

A handsome and fairly rousing air force flick with a solid ensemble cast.

July 25, 2002

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July 6, 2005

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October 10, 2003
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Audience Reviews for Memphis Belle

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.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


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.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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Movie about WWII bombers. Good cast.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

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