Spirit of St. Louis

The Spirit of St. Louis

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Director: Billy Wilder, James Stewart, Murray Hamilton, Patricia Smith

Cast: Billy Wilder, James Stewart, Murray Hamilton, Patricia Smith

     
 

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This retelling of one of Charles Lindbergh's most famous feats stars Jimmy Stewart as the legendary flier, and was directed by Billy Wilder. The story, adapted from Lindbergh's autobiography, begins when the aviator is working as an airmail pilot, but has much loftier goals in mind for himself. He begins to envision a nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic -

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This retelling of one of Charles Lindbergh's most famous feats stars Jimmy Stewart as the legendary flier, and was directed by Billy Wilder. The story, adapted from Lindbergh's autobiography, begins when the aviator is working as an airmail pilot, but has much loftier goals in mind for himself. He begins to envision a nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic - something that no one has ever done before - and finds a group in St. Louis, Missouri willing to provide the necessary financial backing; he then has a special plane built in honor of the funders. Later, as Lindbergh sits in his cockpit, waiting to take off, he thinks back over his days as a circus flier, stunt flier and aimail pilot. The journey itself presents a series of hazards, but Lindbergh perseveres, using the stars for navigation when his compass disappears and overcoming other obstacles such as ice on the wings.

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Charles Lindbergh was an American icon between the two World Wars, a dashing aviator who made history with the first trans-Atlantic flight from New York to Paris in 1927. Thirty years later, Hollywood snatched up his autobiography and cast James Stewart, himself an icon of American heroism, in the lead role. The film might have been formulaic if not for the combined writing and directorial talents of Billy Wilder, the eccentric Hollywood filmmaker who provided the Lindbergh character with quirky, soul-searching dialogue during the long stretches in which he is alone on his journey. The Spirit of St. Louis is fascinating not just as Americana but as an example of how even the most familiar and pedestrian story can be given a special flavor. Unfortunately, the film nose-dived at the box office; it probably should have been made a decade or two earlier, when Lindbergh's feat seemed more fascinating.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/15/2006
UPC:
0012569816145
Original Release:
1957
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:15:00
Sales rank:
6,821

Special Features

Closed Caption; New digital transfer from restored picture and audio elements; Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; The Spirit of St. Louis premiere; Vintage Joe McDoakes comedy short: So Your Wife Wants to Work; Classic cartoon: Tabasco Road; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Stewart Charles A. Lindbergh
Murray Hamilton Bud Gurney
Patricia Smith Mirror Girl
Bartlett Robinson B.F. Mahoney
Marc Connelly Father Hussman
Robert Cornthwaite Knight
Arthur Space Donald Hall
Charles Watts O.W. Schultz
Erville Alderson Burt
Griff Barnett Old Farmer
Paul Birch Blythe
Eugene Borden French Gendarme
Paul Brinegar Okie
Budd Buster Mechanic
Chief Yowlachie Indian
Virginia Christine Secretary
Jack Daly Louie
Richard Deacon Levine
Roy Gordon Associate Producer
Olin Howland Surplus Dealer
Johnny Lee Jess the Cook
Nelson Leigh Director
Herbert Lytton Casey Jones
David McMahon Lane
Ann Morrison Mrs. Pearless
William Neff Actor
James O'Reare Earl Thompson
Lee Roberts Photographer
James L. Robertson William Robertson
Sid Saylor Actor
Aaron Spelling Mr. Pearless
Percival Vivian Professor
Ray Walker Barker
William White Cadet
Robert B. Williams Editor
Jimmy Bates Farm Boy
Sheila Bond Model/Dancer
Robert Burton Maj. Lambert
Dabbs Greer Goldsborough
Maurice Manson E. Lansing Ray
David Orrick Harold Bixby
Harlan Warde Boedecker
Carleton Young Commanding Officer

Technical Credits
Billy Wilder Director,Screenwriter
Gordon Bau Makeup
Robert Burks Cinematographer
Charles C. Coleman Asst. Director
Leland Hayward Producer
H.F. Koenekamp Special Effects
William L. Kuehl Set Decoration/Design
Charles Lederer Screenwriter
Louis Lichtenfield Special Effects
Art Loel Art Director
J. Peverell Marley Cinematographer
Wendell Mayes Screenwriter
M.A. Merrick Sound/Sound Designer
Arthur P. Schmidt Editor
Franz Waxman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Spirit of St. Louis
1. Credits and Foreword [2:07]
2. Restless Night [4:01]
3. Bailout Enroute to Chicago [5:16]
4. Death From Planes and Belts [2:47]
5. Long Distance [3:30]
6. Spirit of St. Louis [5:25]
7. Wrong Card, Wrong Pilot [4:39]
8. Ryan Airlines, Inc. [3:46]
9. Airplane in the Making [5:42]
10. Test Flight; Graduation Picture [3:55]
11. Got to Be Tried Now [4:31]
12. Not Sleeping Like a Baby [1:46]
13. Father Hussman [4:15]
14. Final Checks [2:33]
15. You Needed the Mirror [3:27]
16. Onto the Runway [6:09]
17. Departure [6:25]
18. Lindy Is Off! [1:42]
19. A Passenger [2:56]
20. Restful Memories [2:36]
21. Nova Scotia [2:17]
22. First Solo Flight [6:02]
23. St. John's [4:14]
24. Barnstorming With Bud [6:56]
25. Calculations in the Dark [2:40]
26. Warm Welcome at Brooks Field [3:23]
27. Ice Danger [5:14]
28. Regaining Course, Fighting Sleep [4:16]
29. Seeing the Light [1:45]
30. Asking Directions [2:11]
31. Ireland [4:14]
32. Mahoney's Lucky Charm [2:21]
33. Cherbourg; Engine Out [2:15]
34. Nearing Paris [1:46]
35. Lights of LeBourget [1:57]
36. Landing Prayer [2:00]
37. The Crowd's Hero [3:49]

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The Spirit of St. Louis 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
just absolutely awesome and educational!
Houstonian More than 1 year ago
Jimmy Stuart fought for this role for a long time. He, a pilot of great renown and a veteran of the Army Air Corps and the Air Force Reserve, was the perfect actor to portray Lindberg. The flashbacks were apt punctuation of an epic story and the narration and dialog were thoughtfully written and heartfelt. The cinematography was unparalleled. It never got better than this and even today you couldn't make this story any better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The official review suffers from lack of vision. This telling of Lindbergh's triumph over adversity is one of my family's favorite films. Hardly a ''failure,'' we are riveted by Jimmy Stewart's performance. Keep the kids up and watch this gem.