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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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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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A Bela Memphis  »

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Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$27,441,977 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

According to the film, the "Memphis Belle" flew her 25th and last mission on 17th May 1943. See more »

Goofs

Numerous errors to do with bombsight aiming and timing, and course corrections. See more »

Quotes

Luke Sinclair: Fuel gauge is shot. How long can we fly on one engine?
Dennis Dearborn: I don't know. I guess we'll find out.
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Referenced in Mike & Molly: First Christmas (2010) See more »

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A Hollywoodized version of a true story
22 June 2002 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Memphis Belle" tells of the last combat mission of a legendary WWII B-17 bomber and her crew. The film is Hollywoodized for entertainment value and doesn't square with history on many counts including a fully fictionalized crew. Nonetheless, the film is offers a good cast, good drama, plenty of suspense and action, and imparts some sense of the daring and danger involved in the Belle's mission #25 and daylight Army Air Corps raids over Western Europe. Worth a look for those unfamiliar with the sacrifices of the air combat crews of WWII.


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