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Memphis Belle (1990)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, War | 12 October 1990 (USA)
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In 1943, the crew of a B-17 based in UK prepares for its 25th and last bombing mission over Germany before returning home to the USA.

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1st Lt. Luke Sinclair
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Lt. Val "Valentine" Kozlowski
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Sgt. Virgil Hoogesteger (as Reed Edward Diamond)
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Sgt. Eugene McVey
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Sgt. Jack Bocci
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Col. Craig Harriman
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Faith
Mac McDonald ...
Les (as Mac Macdonald)
Jodie Brooke Wilson ...
Singer (as Jodie Wilson)
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It's May 1943 at a US Army Air Corps base in England. The four officers and six enlisted men of the Memphis Belle - a B-17 bomber so nicknamed for the girlfriend of its stern and stoic captain, Dennis Dearborn - will soon start their twenty-fifth mission, having completed their previous twenty-four successfully with nary an incident, while fewer and fewer other planes are coming back from their missions at all. If they complete their next mission successfully, they will be the first Army Air Corps B-17 Crew to complete their tour of duty. Visiting communications officer Lt. Col. Bruce Derringer wants to publicize and highly tout their accomplishment, even before it happens, as a long term good news campaign at a time when there is little good news to report. Derringer's plan is against the wishes of the base commander, Col. Craig Harriman, who would prefer to treat the ten as any of his other hard working men. The previous success of the Memphis Belle is despite the disparate natures ... Written by Huggo

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Brave young men who rode on the wings of victory.

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Action | Drama | War

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12 October 1990 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$27,441,977 (USA)
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The real Memphis Belle is an early-production B-17F model. The aircraft used to portray the Belle in the movie is a B-17G modified to look like an F. To do this the chin turret (used on G-models and the last 100 F-models) was removed, the "football" radio antenna under the nose was moved forward, and the enclosed waist- and radio gunner positions were replaced with the open windows found in F-model B-17s. However, the top turret is still the "high-roof" type of a B-17G, and the nose perspex window is a non-ribbed single piece with no guns mounted in it. All B-17Fs had at least one mount for either a .30- or .50-caliber machine gun in the perspex window (many had more than one, the actual Belle has two .30s), while the Gs mounted two .50-cals in the chin turret instead. See more »

Goofs

The 25th and final mission of the Memphis Belle was a German sub base at Lorient not a factory in Germany. See more »

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Clay Busby: Sir, if they found out they'd put my hot dog in a bun and chow down.
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Featured in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Danny Boy
set to the tune of "Londonderry Air" (uncredited)
Lyrics by Frederick Edward Weatherly
Performed by Harry Connick Jr.
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A Fabulous Movie
4 September 2004 | by (Scottsville, Kentucky) – See all my reviews

I first came across this masterpiece when I did a search for Eric Stoltz on the Netflix website. Much to my surprise I discoverd this film had an all star cast, and I adored them all! Tate Donovan, Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz, Billy Zane, Harry Connick Jr., D.B. Sweeney, Reed Diamond, Courntey Gains, Neil Giuntoli and John Lithgow all give amazing performances in this true story.

Even my Dad, who sleeps through every movie we watch, no matter how enthralling, stayed awake and watched this. (Allbeit the second time I popped this in the DVD player, but nevertheless hello.)

I would give this movie 20 stars if I could. It was one of the best war movies I'd seen in a long time. Plus, being a teenage girl, I loved seeing all the boys in Uniform. Oh my God, don't get me started.

When my mom asked me if I was ready to send it back to Netflix, I said no and kept it a pretty good long while. But when we finally did send it back, I cried, yes I cried, because I had fallen in love with this movie. I'd watch it everyday if I could. I have yet to buy it yet, but trust me, I'll find a way.

If you have had family that was in WWII, my grandfather was, then this movie will have an impact on you. It did on me. I found my self thinking that my grandpa was young like that right around that time. This film was set in 1942 and that means that my grandfather had yet to marry my grandmother, but he was in his prime. My mom and I both thought that.

But you don't have to like war movies to love Memphis Belle. Because it's not really like a war movie. It's about the close relationship of these ten soldiers and how they work together to stay alive in the worst of a situation. (I mean they're not having to eat rats to stay alive, which my grandfather had to do in occupied France, or anything.)

The first time you see Memphis Belle anywhere, to rent or to buy, grab it and take it home with you. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT! Take my word on that.

Missy


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