The Spirit of St. Louis Reviews
Despite being directed by master-director Billy Wilder and starring the great James Stewart, I did not have high hopes for this movie. It seemed like a fairly dry subject and could easily have degenerated into a paint-by-numbers historical drama. However, Wilder makes it interesting, through the flashbacks and, especially, hearing Lindbergh's thoughts. The thoughts show the genius of the man - how he approached problems, his endurance and his resourcefulness.
Wilder does a good job at showing the hardships Lindbergh had to go through and how easily he could have failed. Shows well just what an heroic feat it was.
Good work from Jimmy Stewart as Lindbergh. At the time he was about 23 years older than his character but it doesn't really show.
Interesting, entertaining dramatisation of a very historic event.
Second half of movie is flight across Atlantic. Stewart monologue interspersed with flashbacks.
As usual, James Stewart's acting cannot be faulted. He manages to overcome this film's weaker points.