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Writer (WGA):
Monte Merrick (written by)
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Release Date:
12 October 1990 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Brave young men who rode on the wings of victory.
Plot:
It's May 1943 at a US Army Air Corps base in England. The four officers and six enlisted men of the Memphis Belle... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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A Worthy Addition to the Corpus of War Films See more (81 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Matthew Modine ... Capt. Dennis Dearborn

Eric Stoltz ... Sgt. Danny "Danny Boy" Daly

Tate Donovan ... 1st Lt. Luke Sinclair

D.B. Sweeney ... Lt. Phil Lowenthal

Billy Zane ... Lt. Val "Valentine" Kozlowski

Sean Astin ... Sgt. Richard "Rascal" Moore

Harry Connick Jr. ... Sgt. Clay Busby

Reed Diamond ... Sgt. Virgil Hoogesteger (as Reed Edward Diamond)

Courtney Gains ... Sgt. Eugene McVey

Neil Giuntoli ... Sgt. Jack Bocci

David Strathairn ... Col. Craig Harriman

John Lithgow ... Lt.Col. Bruce Derringer

Jane Horrocks ... Faith
Mac McDonald ... Les (as Mac Macdonald)
Jodie Wilson ... Singer
Keith Edwards ... S-2

Steven Mackintosh ... Stan the Rookie
Greg Charles ... Adjutant
Bradley Lavelle ... Sergeant (as Bradley Lavell)

Ben Browder ... Rookie Captain
Mitch Webb ... Group Navigator
Paul Birchard ... Lieutenant
Bill Cullum ... Farmer
Eric Loren ... Cook

Cathy Murphy ... Jitterbugger
Morag Siller ... Jitterbugger
Steve Elm ... Footballer
Jason Salkey ... Footballer
Martin McDougal ... Footballer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Greg Francis ... Bandleader (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Caton-Jones 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Monte Merrick (written by)

Produced by
David Puttnam .... producer
Eric Rattray .... associate producer
Catherine Wyler .... producer
 
Original Music by
George Fenton 
 
Cinematography by
David Watkin 
 
Film Editing by
Jim Clark 
 
Casting by
Marion Dougherty 
Juliet Taylor 
 
Production Design by
Stuart Craig 
 
Art Direction by
Norman Dorme (supervising art director)
John King 
Alan Tomkins 
 
Set Decoration by
Ian Giladjian 
 
Costume Design by
Jane Robinson 
 
Makeup Department
Anna Cobley .... makeup artist
Pamela Haddock .... hair stylist
Maureen Hannaford-Naisbitt .... hair stylist
Joan Hills .... key makeup artist
Meinir Jones-Lewis .... chief hair stylist
Annie McEwan .... makeup artist (as Anne McEwan)
 
Production Management
Mary Richards .... production manager
Steve Norris .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Devis .... second unit director: aerial unit
Antony Ford .... third assistant director: aerial unit (as Anthony Ford)
Cliff Lanning .... third assistant director
Terry Needham .... assistant director: aerial unit
Adam Somner .... third assistant director: aerial unit
Gerry Toomey .... second assistant director
Bill Westley .... first assistant director
Kevin Westley .... second assistant director
Natasha Ross .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Alan Adams .... prop storeman
Brian Bishop .... scenic artist
Doug Bishop .... scenic artist
Laurence Burns .... stand-by crew
Anthony Caccavale .... stand-by crew
Cloe Chloerty .... scenic artist
Stan Cook .... dressing props
Miranda Diamond .... art department researcher
Peter Dorme .... art department assistant
Bob Douglas .... dressing props
Michael R. Driscoll .... supervising stagehand (as Michael Driscoll)
Colin Fox .... drapes
George Gibbons .... stand-by crew
Peter Hancock .... property master
Brian Hartnoll .... stand-by crew
Robert Hill .... stand-by props
Brian Humphrey .... dressing props
Clive Ingleton .... lettering artist
Michael Lamont .... assistant art director
Leonard Lawrence .... supervising rigger
Joe Lear .... supervising plasterer
Bert Long .... assistant construction manager
Steve Macdonald .... stand-by props (as Steve McDonald)
Dave Midson .... dressing props (as David Midson)
John Moore .... dressing props
Jim Morahan .... draughtsman (as James Morahan)
John O'Shaughnessy .... production buyer
Gordon Phillips .... dressing props
Michael G. Ploog .... storyboard artist (as Michael Ploog)
Tony Rimmington .... draughtsman
Ron Seers .... stand-by crew
Arthur Smith .... supervising painter
Bill Stallion .... storyboard artist
Don Taylor .... stand-by crew
Bob Walker .... lettering designs (as Robert Walker)
Peter Wallis .... dressing props
Bill Welch .... construction manager
Paul Wescott .... supervising painter
Alan Williams .... stand-by crew
Tony Youd .... assistant construction manager (as Anthony Youd)
 
Sound Department
Paul Cridlin .... boom operator
Michael Crouch .... sound effects editor
Martin Evans .... dialogue editor
Richard Finney .... sound maintenance
Ian Fuller .... supervising sound editor
Mark Holding .... sound recordist: aerial unit
David John .... sound mixer
Ray Merrin .... sound re-recording engineer
Bill Rowe .... sound re-recording engineer
Sandy Buchanan .... post-production sound assistant (uncredited)
Andy Kennedy .... synclavier operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Richard Conway .... special effects supervisor
Martin Grant .... special effects floor supervisor
Bob Hollow .... senior special effects technician
Brian Mann .... special effects editor
Trevor Wood .... aerial rigs: aerial unit
Andrew Eio .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Dave Eltham .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Steve Hamilton .... special effects floor supervisor (uncredited)
David McCall .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Nigel Nixon .... special effects model maker (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
John Addison .... stand-by crew: model unit
Dennis Bartlett .... blue screen supervisor: model unit
Nigel Brackley .... modeller and technician: model unit
Terry Bridle .... modeller and technician: model unit
Nicholas Brooks .... visual effects
Mark Challenor .... assistant director: model unit (as Mark Challoner)
Frank Clissold .... electrician: model unit
Richard Conway .... director: model unit
Peter Davy .... modeller and technician: model unit
Steve Drevett .... travelling matte coordinator (as Steve Drewett)
David Eithim .... modeller and technician: model unit
Nick Finlayson .... modeller and technician: model unit
Steve Hamilton .... modeller and technician: model unit (as Stephen Hamilton)
John Holmes .... modeller and technician: model unit
Bill Howe .... stand-by crew: model unit
Alan Johnson .... stand-by crew: model unit
David Jones .... focus puller: model unit
Andrew Kelly .... modeller and technician: model unit
Stuart King .... electrician: model unit
Brian Lince .... modeller and technician: model unit
David Litchfield .... camera operator: model unit
Ray Lovell .... modeller and technician: model unit
Roy Masters .... modeller and technician: model unit
David McCall .... modeller and technician: model unit
Ed McDermott .... electrician: model unit
Mike McGillivray .... gaffer: model unit (as Michael McGillivray)
Kaye Moss .... modeller and technician: model unit
Keith Muir .... stand-by crew: model unit
Terry Newvell .... stand-by crew: model unit
Harry Oakes .... cameraman: model unit
Stephen Onions .... modeller and technician: model unit
Wally Parker .... stand-by crew: model unit
Peter Pickering .... modeller and technician: model unit
William Poynter .... stand-by crew: model unit (as Bill Poynter)
Jonathan Richardson .... model unit trainee
Mike Smith .... stand-by crew: model unit
Vic Smith .... electrician: model unit
Tony Strachan .... additional photographer: model unit
Peter Talbot .... focus puller: model unit
Jamie Thomas .... modeller and technician: model unit
Keith Thomas .... focus puller: model unit
Leslie Wheeler .... modeller and technician: model unit (as Les Wheeler)
Tim Willis .... modeller and technician: model unit
Ken Worringham .... blue screen technician: model unit (as Ken Warringham)
Martin Body .... optical cameraman (uncredited)
Zoe Cain .... optical effects technician (uncredited)
Craig Chandler .... optical effects (uncredited)
Alan Church .... optical cameraman (uncredited)
Andrew Coates .... assistant optical camera (uncredited)
Mark Gardiner .... motion control camera operator (uncredited)
Antony Hunt .... executive producer: The Magic Camera Company (uncredited)
Stuart Pitcher .... rostrum cameraman (uncredited)
Janek Sirrs .... visual effects (uncredited)
Val Wardlaw .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dizzy Addicott .... pilot: B-25 Mitchell camera plane
David Appleby .... still photographer
Neil Binney .... camera operator: aerial unit
Steve Brooke Smith .... clapper loader: aerial unit
Fred Brown .... electrician
Derek V. Browne .... camera operator (as Derek Browne)
Peter Butler .... camera grip
Giles Christopher .... clapper loader: aerial unit
James Devis .... director of photography: aerial unit
Geoff Dibben .... camera trainee (as Geoffey Dibben)
Ron Dick .... camera air-to-air liaison (as Air Vice Marshall Ron Dick)
Alfie Emmins .... electrician
Chuck Finch .... gaffer
Tommy Finch .... best boy (as Tom Finch)
John Foster .... clapper loader: aerial unit
Mike Frift .... camera operator: aerial unit
Alan Grosch .... electrician
Steve Harvey .... electrician
Simon Hume .... focus puller
Kate Hunt .... camera trainee
Ted Jaffrey .... camera grip
Jeremy Jones .... focus puller: aerial unit
Steve Leverington .... crane operator
Billy Merrell .... best boy (as Bill Merrell)
Simon Mills .... focus puller: aerial unit
Mark Milsome .... clapper loader: aerial unit
Mark Moriarty .... assistant camera: additional photography: second unit
Steve Murray .... focus puller: aerial unit (as Steven Murray)
Brian Osborne .... camera grip: aerial unit
Nick Penn .... clapper loader
Stuart Reid .... electrician
Natasha Ross .... camera trainee
Mike Rutter .... camera operator: aerial unit
Toby Tyler .... electrician
Robin Vidgeon .... additional photographer: second unit
Chris Warren .... video operator: aerial unit
Simon Werry .... camera operator: aerial unit
 
Casting Department
Owens Hill .... additional casting: USA
Patsy Pollock .... additional casting: UK
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ken Crouch .... wardrobe assistant (as Kenny Crouch)
Peter Edmonds .... wardrobe assistant: aerial unit
Catherine Halloran .... wardrobe assistant
David Murphy .... costume coordinator
Philip Rainforth .... wardrobe assistant
David Whiteing .... wardrobe assistant
Kirsten Wing .... wardrobe mistress
Bob Worth .... advisor: military costumes
Richard Thomas .... costume painter (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Jude Andrews .... editor trainee
Nick Moore .... first assistant editor
Cressida Shaffer .... editor trainee
Debbi Slater .... editor trainee (as Debbie Slater)
Steve Spencer .... assistant editor (as Steven Spencer)
Andy Stears .... assistant editor
Len Tremble .... assistant editor
Michael Trent .... assistant editor
Bettina Woolgar .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
George Fenton .... orchestrator
Keith Grant .... music recording engineer
Geoff Young .... music recording engineer
George Fenton .... conductor (uncredited)
Greg Francis .... musical director: dance music (uncredited)
Gerry O'Riordan .... assistant music engineer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Mark White .... transportation
 
Other crew
Andy Andrews .... location cashier
Simon Atherton .... armorer
Barbara Back .... location manager: aerial unit
Chris Bevan .... pilot: fighter
Tania Blunden .... production coordinator (as Tania Windsor)
Peter Brown .... consultant aeronautical engineer
Paul Chaplin .... pilot: fighter
Jean-Phillipe Chivot .... provider: B-17 Flying Fortress F-AZDX
Don Clark .... pilot: B-17 Flying Fortress N-17W
Susan d'Arcy .... unit publicist (as Susan D'Arcy)
Allen Davies .... assistant accountant (as Allan Davies)
Rob Dean .... pilot: fighter
Walter Eichorn .... pilot: Messerschmitt 109
Andrew Fletcher .... armorer
Roger A. Freeman .... technical advisor (as Roger Freeman)
Tommy Garcia .... technical advisor
Jean-Pierre Gattegno .... pilot: B-17 Flying Fortress F-BEEA
Jo Gregory .... production accountant
Stephen Grey .... pilot: P-51 Mustang
Reg Hallam .... pilot: P-51 Mustang
Mark Hanna .... aerial coordinator
Mark Hanna .... pilot: fighter
Ray Hanna .... chief pilot
David Hillman .... title designer
Allan James .... location manager
Peter Jarvis .... pilot: fighter
Peter John .... pilot: P-51 Mustang
Tim Knatchbull .... production runner: aerial unit
Suzanne McGeachan .... assistant continuity (as Sue Clegg)
Rolf Meum .... pilot: P-51 Mustang
Richard Morrison .... provider: titles
Bruce Orriss .... technical advisor
Julia Overton .... production assistant
Hoof Proudfoot .... pilot: P-51 Mustang
Bob Richardson .... pilot: B-17 Flying Fortress N-17W
Julie Robinson .... continuity: aerial unit
Anders Saether .... pilot: P-51 Mustang
Jean Salis .... provider: B-17 Flying Fortress F-AZDX (as Jean Sallis)
Elly Sallingboe .... provider: B-17 Flying Fortress G-BEDF
Carl Schofield .... pilot: fighter (as Carl Scofield)
Keith Sisson .... pilot: B-17 Flying Fortress G-BEDF (as Keith Sissons)
Brian Smith .... pilot: fighter
Alan Steele .... computer operator
David Tallichet .... pilot: B-17 Flying Fortress N3703G
David Tallichet .... provider: B-17 Flying Fortress N3703G
Peter Thompson .... helicopter pilot
David Toguri .... choreographer
Alan Walker .... pilot: B-17 Flying Fortress G-BEDF
Rebecca West .... publicity assistant
Angela Wharton .... script supervisor (as Angela Noakes)
Alan White .... photographic transparencies
Marc Wolff .... helicopter pilot
Mike Woodley .... aviation ground coordinator
Jerry Grayson .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Ray Hanna .... pilot: Messerschmitt 109 (uncredited)
Jay Lance .... publicity assistant (uncredited)
Natasha Ross .... production assistant (uncredited)
Art Smith Jr. .... researcher (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Keith Ansell .... acknowledgment
Leonard Cheshire .... acknowledgment (as Group Captain Leonard Cheshire)
Harry Friedman .... acknowledgment (as Dr. Harry Friedman)
James W. Gavin .... acknowledgment (as Jim Gavin)
R.J. Howard .... acknowledgment (as Group Captain R.J. Howard)
Skip Lehmann .... acknowledgment
Marc Pierre .... acknowledgment
M.J. Pilkington .... acknowledgment (as Air Vice Marshal M.J. Pilkington)
Margaret Polk .... acknowledgment
Christian Roy .... acknowledgment
J.D. Spottiswood .... acknowledgment (as Air Vice Marshal J.D. Spottiswood)
Colin Waterworth .... acknowledgment
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
107 min
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Color:
Black and White (archive footage) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Certification:
Australia:PG (cable rating) | Australia:M (original rating) | Finland:K-12 | France:U | Germany:12 | Iceland:L | Norway:10 (theatrical rating) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) | Sweden:11 | UK:12 (cinema release) | UK:PG (video rating) (cut) | UK:12 (video rating) (uncut) (2014) | USA:PG-13

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Trivia:
The real Memphis Belle has been restored and was displayed at Memphis, Tennessee from 1987 to the present. In 2004, it was to be sent to the Air Force Museum outside Dayton, Ohio to be part of its WWII display, but several congressmen from Tennessee put a hold on the move. In September 2005 it was decided to move the Belle to Dayton as originally planned after the organization that took care of it decided they could no longer afford to do so.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the B-17 crash-lands near the beginning of the movie, each propeller on the left wing looses a blade and the two remaining blades are shown pointing down and unbent. When the airplane is shown sliding along and coming to a stop, the propellers have all three blades, but each blade is partially broken off and has been bent back. This is the damage that would be expected in the first shot, especially with the outboard engine.See more »
Quotes:
Clay Busby:Sir, if they found out they'd put my hot dog in a bun and chow down.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Flying HomeSee more »

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44 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
A Worthy Addition to the Corpus of War Films, 25 June 2004
Author: James Hitchcock from Tunbridge Wells, England

The traditional, patriotic World War 2 film was popular in both America and Britain throughout the fifties and sixties, long after the war itself was over. In the late seventies, eighties and early nineties, however, it went into something of a decline in both countries. In Britain, this was connected to a decline in the British cinema itself, which only occasionally had the financial resources and self-confidence to make pictures on a large scale. (The best British war film of the period was 'Hope and Glory', which concentrated on the Home Front rather than on actual combat).

In America, the decline of the war film probably had more to do with post-Vietnam syndrome which led to patriotic sentiment and the military being viewed for a time with some suspicion. There were a few disguised war films, such as 'Top Gun', which had modern American fighter pilots battling an unidentified enemy in a fictitious war, or the 'Star Wars' trilogy which, even if George Lucas disliked the analogy, was widely seen as either World War Two or the Cold War translated into outer space. Genuine war films, however, were few and far between, although there were a number of exceptions, and TCM recently broadcast two of these as part of the D-Day sixtieth anniversary celebrations, 'The Big Red One' from 1980 and 'Memphis Belle' from ten years later.

Of these two, 'Memphis Belle' is closer in style and in spirit to the traditional war film. Like many other war films it follows the fortunes of a small, tightly-knit group of fighting men. The group in this case is the crew of an American B-17 bomber based in England in 1943; the producer David Puttnam originally wanted to make the film about a RAF Lancaster bomber, but no British studio was interested and Hollywood has never taken much interest in the British war effort. The crew of the 'Memphis Belle' have already flown twenty-four successful missions; one more, and they will have completed their tour of duty (the first American crew to do so) and will be able to return home. (The name 'Memphis Belle' was taken from that of the first aircraft which completed twenty-five missions in real life).

The film follows the men on their twenty-fifth mission, an attack on the German city of Bremen. The raid is a difficult one; the bombers meet strong opposition from German fighters and anti-aircraft gunners, the plane is damaged and one of the crew is seriously injured. This leads to a tense finale which leaves the audience wondering whether the crew will be able to make it back to base. The main glory of the film lies in its exciting depictions of aerial combat, among the best ever filmed (although those in 'The Battle of Britain' made over twenty years earlier are also excellent). As in that film, the combat sequences in 'Memphis Belle' were achieved by the use of real aircraft and models rather than by computer-generated special effects.

We are introduced to each of the crew, each of whom is presented as a distinct and different personality- Dennis, the conscientious pilot and captain, the depressive Phil, Val the medical student who pretends to be far more knowledgeable than he really is, the poetic intellectual Danny, and so on. Trying to make each crew member an individual character in his own right was perhaps a mistake, as this meant that there are too many actors in leading roles for the viewer to concentrate on. The crewmen all emerge as half-formed characters with no fully-formed ones; it might have been better to concentrate on, say, four or five crew members and to tell their stories fully, with the others only playing supporting roles.

The film touches on the moral dilemmas of the bombing campaign rather more than earlier films on this subject might have done. Rather than take the risk of hitting a nearby school, Dennis insists on flying round (thereby increasing the risk of his aircraft being shot down) until he has a clear view of the intended target, a German aircraft factory. There is also a sub-plot involving a rather unpleasant Air Force officer who is eager to exploit the Memphis Belle and her crew for propaganda purposes, and his clashes with the base commander, who finds this distasteful and who is more concerned about the heavy casualties his unit is suffering.

These elements aside, there is little in the film that could not also be found in earlier films about the World War Two bombing campaign, such as 'The Dambusters' or '633 Squadron'. That does not, however, necessarily mean that the film is anachronistic, as some have complained. Fashions in film-making may come and go, but this cannot alter the fact that the Second World War provides innumerable examples of heroism and drama which are capable of being made the subject of a good film. That was as true in 1990 as it was in 1950 or 1960, and remains true even today. I myself found 'Memphis Belle' to be both exciting and, at times, moving; a fine tribute to the men whose bravery inspired it and a worthy addition to the corpus of war films. 8/10

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