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½ June 12, 2016
Not a bad one to get a feel for Lindbergh.
½ May 23, 2016
Charles Lindbergh's historic, epic solo trans-Atlantic flight in 1927, the first ever solo crossing of the Atlantic in an airplane. We see how Lindbergh set about organising financiers for his flight, purchasing, designing and building the plane, test flights, (through news on other fliers) the potential fates awaiting him and the flight itself, especially the hardships he had to endure and how he overcame them. We also see, though flashbacks, his earlier life - how he learnt to fly and his first few jobs in aviation.

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.
½ February 19, 2015

Second half of movie is flight across Atlantic. Stewart monologue interspersed with flashbacks.
May 18, 2014
A dramatization of the first non stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

As usual, James Stewart's acting cannot be faulted. He manages to overcome this film's weaker points.
January 17, 2014
I can't believe I never saw this movie before!
December 26, 2013
Director Billy Wilder turns one of the 20th Century's defining events into a one-man show for Jimmy Stewart, who rises to the occasion. Classic and Essential.
September 24, 2013
What was a highly enjoyable movie at the start quickly turned into an overdrawn snooze fest. Who thought it was a good idea to do a movie of a 40 hour solo flight? Having said this the parts that weren't in the plane were highly engaging and Jimmy Stewart, though an odd choice to play Lindbergh, excelled in the leading role.
August 16, 2013
It was better than I thought it was going to be.
July 9, 2013
Loved it! Lots of cheesy moments by today's standards, but that's what's so great about these flicks from the Golden Age of Hollywood . . . hard to believe that it was a flop at the box office. :)
½ July 9, 2013
Not one of Billy Wilder or James Stewart's best work, but still a pretty enjoyable movie.
March 31, 2013
Thrilling adventure wonderfully made.
January 26, 2013
One man show biopic remembering a key moment in 20th century.
June 28, 2012
James Stewart stars as Charles Lindbergh as he makes his legendary solo flight to Paris. Stewart perfectly projects the loneliness Lindbergh felt on his flight, and the fatigue and sleeplessness he fought along the way. A wonderfully made film!!
½ May 21, 2012
it's a very interesting story, and even more interesting knowing that it's true, but in the end it kinda just feels like "the spirit of st. louis" isn't much more than an excuse to have james stewart alone on screen for two hours. though admittedly, that idea was executed about as well as it could have been.
April 21, 2012
Stewart makes this one stand out!
April 19, 2012
Great biopic of Lindbergh's New York to Paris 1927 flight. Stewart was the right man cast for the part, as he was a distinguished army pilot himself.
April 5, 2012
Tense, interesting flick of Charles Lindbergh, who flew from NY to Paris in 1927, setting a record. I really love this flick, because you can see the conflict within Stewart, his childhood days, his days flying the mail plane and the ending of it. Another great inspirational flick on Lindbergh .
March 30, 2012
A fairly standard biography that is primarily elevated (forgive the awful pun...) by the work of James Stewart, who is as "watchable" in this as he ever was. The supporting cast is full of interesting character actors (any time Murray Hamilton shows up in a movie is a good thing, in my opinion), and Wilder's direction is steady, though it's - admittedly - not one of his showier efforts. That being said, it's a compelling story, solidly-told; that's enough for me.
½ December 24, 2011
Wonderful biopic of Chalres Lindberg's historic tranatlantic flight
Mr Awesome
Super Reviewer
November 28, 2011
Director Billy Wilder puts on a showcase with this biopic of famous aviator Charles Lindbergh. Lindbergh's life, from his humble barnstorming days to his "welcome home" tickertape parade through the streets of New York City (where he was supposedly greeted by 4 million people), is represented through both flashbacks and linear storyline. Lindbergh, of course, was the first aviator to fly nonstop from New York to Paris, and in doing so, both cemented his place in history as well as forever changing the way we travel. Wilder employs many great techniques while telling Lindbergh's story, from the aforementioned flashbacks, to giving the audience a chance to listen in on Lindbergh's inner monologue (most particularly effective when Lindbergh is trying to get to sleep the night before the big flight). And it seems so effortless the way it's all blended together, like Wilder got a dose of Bergman before making the film. Jimmy Stewart plays Lindbergh effortlessly, despite being twenty years older than the man he was portraying at the time. Then again, Stewart often plays the same kind of role (not that there's anything wrong with that), so there's little in the way of surprises regarding the Lindbergh character. While this is a Lindbergh biography (somewhat), there's little attention paid to his life post-flight, whether it be his supposed nazi sympathizing or the kidnapping of his child in what was referred to as the "crime of the century", and rightly so. A film entitled "The Spirit of St. Louis" should be about the uplifting triumph of the human spirit over a great challenge, not some tabloid fluff. Stewart and Wilder manage to capture the "spirit" to which these endeavors were made. Good stuff.
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