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Memphis Belle (1990)

 -  Action | Drama | War  -  12 October 1990 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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1st Lt. Luke Sinclair
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Lt. Val "Valentine" Kozlowski
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Les (as Mac Macdonald)
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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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Trivia

There are only five real B-17 flying in the movie. Two were flown in from the US, two came from France, and one was already based in England. One of the French airplanes crashed during filming. Although everyone onboard survived, the aircraft was a total loss in the post crash fire. Only one of the airplanes was a genuine F-model, like the real Memphis Belle, accurate to the time the story is set. All others were G-models, that came later in the war. Two different airplanes played "Memphis Belle" during the movie, one of which is in real life named Sally B. See more »

Goofs

During the pre-flight, Sgt. Danny "Danny Boy" Daly, the radio operator, conducts a radio-check saying, "Charlie, Victor, Uncle, Tango". He is using the modern NATO Phonetic alphabet. During WWII, he would have used a different phonetic alphabet and said, "Charlie, Victor, Uncle, Tare". See more »

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World War II has many memories in it's huge archives. But the ones which stand out in an audience's mind are the ones which recall family members who actually experienced them. This movie " Memphis Belle " reaches deep into the human Psyche and rekindles a plethora of war time conflicts. The actors chosen for this masterpiece are incredible as they superbly resurrect the dangerous era of the courageous men and their historic aircraft. Matthew Modine plays Capt. Dennis Dearborn, a stern commander who exhibits a tough veiner, but is inwardly aware and concern with every man in his crew. Tate Donovan is Lt. Sinclair, anxious to experience bravery as a necessary element to achieve fame. However when the war touches him, he realizes, it's not as glorious as he imagined. Eric Stoltz, D.B. Sweeney, Billy Zane, Sean Astin, Harry Connick Jr., Reed Diamond, Courtney Gains and Neil Giuntoli play the crew. Rounding out the cast, adding prestige and enhancing the over-all story are David Strathairn and John Lithgow. Together, this superior ensemble and the dramatic talent of the special effects specialists allowed the 'Belle' to rise center stage and display its last wartime flight. The result is nothing short of extraordinary. Behind the men and their plane is the memory of the thousands of brave airmen who gave their lives for their country. In short, their sacrifice becomes the lasting monument which continues to this day as a lasting tribute to our freedom. A great film which is sure to become a military Classic. Highly recommended! ****


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