Memphis Belle

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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

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Audience Reviews for Memphis Belle

  • Sep 01, 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.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Nov 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.
    Mark K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 06, 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.
    Randy T Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2008
    really liked this movie
    Daryl . Super Reviewer

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