Memphis Belle

Memphis Belle

Director: Michael Caton-Jones Cast: Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz, Tate Donovan
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Overview

Memphis Belle

Unabashedly sentimental, this war film was produced by David Putnam in partnership with Catherine Wyler, whose father William Wyler directed an acclaimed documentary about the real-life events depicted in the film. The ensemble cast is composed of ten young actors portraying the crew of the World War II B-17 bomber "Memphis Belle," anticipating their 25th and last mission before they will be able to go home. Having won fame with their exemplary war record and amazing lack of casualties, they expect their final assignment to be a cakewalk, but instead they are ordered to bomb Bremen, a heavily defended German city that will mean almost certain loss of life. Led by their experienced captain, Dennis Dearborn (Matthew Modine), the crew shoulders its responsibility despite mounting fears, while their commanding officer (David Strathairn) and a public relations specialist (John Lithgow) wait anxiously for their return. Aboard the bomber, there's friction between Dearborn and his disgruntled co-pilot Luke Sinclair (Tate Donovan), and between medical officer Val Kozlowski (Billy Zane) and the rest of the crew when it's learned that Val lied about his qualifications. Despite impressive technical credits and a popular Generation-X cast, Memphis Belle (1990) was a box-office disappointment, its enthusiastic patriotism considered a throwback to a bygone era of filmmaking.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/2014
UPC: 0883929392766
Original Release: 1990
Rating: PG-13
Source: Warner Home Video
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time: 1:47:00
Sales rank: 19,552

Special Features

Climb into the cockpit with original 1944 William Wyler directed documentary The Memphis Belle: a story of a flying fortress; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matthew Modine Dennis Dearborn
Eric Stoltz Danny Daly
Tate Donovan Luke Sinclair
D.B. Sweeney Phil Rosenthal
David Strathairn Commanding Officer
Billy Zane Val Kozlowski
Sean Astin Richard "Rascal" Moore
John Lithgow Col. Bruce Derringer
Harry Connick Clay Busby
Courtney Gains Eugene McVey
Neil Giuntoli Jack Bocci
Mac McDonald Les
Jodie Wilson Singer
Reed Edward Diamond Virgil
Jane Horrocks Faith
Keith Edwards '5-2'
Steven Mackintosh Stan, the Rookie
Greg Charles Adjutant
Bradley Lavelle Sergeant
Ben Browder Rookie Captain
Mitch Webb Group Navigator
Paul Birchard Lieutenant
Bill Cullum Farmer
Eric Loren Cook
Cathy Murphy Jitterbugger
Steve Elm Footballer
Jason Salkey Footballer
Martin McDougal Footballer
Morag Siller Jitterbugger

Technical Credits
Michael Caton-Jones Director,Screenwriter
Jim Clark Editor
Tommie Connor Songwriter
Richard Conway Special Effects
Stuart Craig Production Designer
David John & the Mood Sound/Sound Designer
Norman Dorme Art Director
George Fenton Score Composer
Roger Freeman Consultant/advisor
Tommy Garcia Consultant/advisor
Ian Giladjian Set Decoration/Design
Joan Hills Makeup
John King Art Director
Monte Merrick Screenwriter
Bruce Orriss Consultant/advisor
David Puttnam Co-producer
Eric Rattray Producer
Jane Robinson Costumes/Costume Designer
David Toguri Choreography
Alan Tomkins Art Director
David Watkin Cinematographer
Catherine Wyler Co-producer

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Memphis Belle 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have watched this movie at least twenty times. I have been researching the Mighty Eighth Air Force for a few years and have talked to enough 8th AAF veterens to know that this is not the real story of the Belle. I also know that much of what was portrayed didn't happen the way it was shown. However, I have read and listened to enough personal accounts to know that this is a culmination of several stories of events that happened to numerous air crews from different Bomb Groups and Squadrons. I know that the critics have pounced on this film and not given it very good marks. However I do think that if you watch this movie, you should look at the real story of The Memphis Belle. Then take into account that some artistic license was taken in the making of this movie. You should be able to see at least some of what it was like to go on a mission with these guys. Though flawed and inaccurate, it is close enough to give us an idea of what it was really like. After you watch the movie I would like to chalenged you to find some of these old vets and ask them. They are dieing on a dayly basis, so you need to hurry before they are all gone. I do recomend this movie but I also think you should get the real story too. Thank you to all the vets that put their lives on the line for me and my country.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie, it´s my favourite. Since i saw it, i fell in love with Eric. He is the best (and the movie too). :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is a great movie for those who emjoy movies about WW II. Though not completely accurate, it obviously wasn't intended to be a documentary, it's real enough to give us of the post WW II generations a better understanding of what the bomber crews went through, since this film remains available as most of the vets pass away.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Granted this is a work of fiction, but it gives folks enough of a taste of what the war was like for airmen, with dashes of comedy & romance. 'Twould probably make a good date movie. My biggest disappointment was the cheap cardboard 'case' the DVD was in. Fortunately I was tossing out another DVD that turned out to be junk, so I was able to rehouse this movie more fittingly.