Memphis Belle

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65%

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Average Rating: 3.4/5

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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.

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Cast

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
Courtney Gains
as Eugene McVey
David Strathairn
as Commanding Officer
John Lithgow
as Col. Bruce Derringer
Neil Giuntoli
as Jack Bocci
Steven Mackintosh
as Stan, the Rookie
Greg Charles
as Adjutant
Ben Browder
as Rookie Captain
Mitch Webb
as Group Navigator
Paul Birchard
as Lieutenant
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 (23) | Top Critics (8)

Unashamedly commercial. Its moral fabric is thinner than that of other David Puttnam productions.

Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

Sensitive, gripping, oddly old-fashioned cinema.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

The direction by Michael Caton-Jones' is undistinguished here, but the material is not great.

May 20, 2003 | Full Review…

Monte Merrick's script is an unspectacular, cliche-riddled voyage from start to finish, with everyone lugging their own tote-bags of facile character idiosyncrasies.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

What Top Gun might have looked like if it were drawn with crayons.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

What's memorable about the film is the high degree of accuracy. There are a number of gaffes, due primarily to filmmaking compromises.

Feb 7, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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

½

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

Super Reviewer

½

Movie about WWII bombers. Good cast.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Pilot film about airforce yanks in the world war 2

Alexander Wilson
Alexander Wilson

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