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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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Brave young men who rode on the wings of victory.
Plot:
It's May 1943 at a US Air Force 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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Too bad about the first part 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:
There was originally a part written for the Memphis Belle's ground crew chief called "Les". He had a number of scenes with the Captain detailing the condition of the plane etc. The actor remains in the film, and is listed in the credits, but keeps only one line: "It's only got one wheel down." He is not specified as the crew chief of the Belle at any time in the finished cut, meaning his one line makes him look like a glorified extra.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Col. Craig Harriman's and Lt.Col. Bruce Derringer's service cap appears to have been created for this movie. The style of the crown is similar to the British Army office cap. The crown of Harriman's and Derringers service cap is smaller than the standard WWII Army officer service cap.See more »
Quotes:
Lt.Col. Bruce Derringer:[voiceover] This is the religious one. There's always a religious one. "Eugene McVey from Cleveland." There's always one from Cleveland. "Nineteen, high-strung, always coming down with something." How'd he get in this bunch?See more »
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22 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Too bad about the first part, 20 July 2005
Author: Philip Van der Veken from Tessenderlo, Belgium

I was glad to finally see a World War II movie that wasn't situated on the ground, but in the air. Don't get me wrong, I'm still an absolute fan of the 'infantry and tank' war movies, but from time to time I want to see something new, something different. And let's be honest, there just doesn't seem to be any interest from Hollywood for the air fights over Europe or Asia in WWII. I only know of two other movies of this kind and that is "Battle of Britain", made in 1969 (WWII) and "The Blue Max" from 1966 (WWI).

The "Memphis Belle" is a B-17 bomber that is about to fly its 25th and final mission. After this mission, the crew of ten men will have fulfilled its tour of duty and will finally be able to go home. Since they would be the first crew to finish all 25 missions in the 8th Airforce, plans are made to celebrate their coming home party, even before they have taken off. But before there can be any party, they first have to fly their final mission to one of the worst targets imaginable. They will have to fly over German territory, all the way to the heavily defended Bremen, where they will have to bomb an airplane factory in the middle of a residential area. All the men know that chances are little that they will ever return alive and that one little mistake will cost the lives of many innocent civilians...

In the beginning I didn't like this movie all that much and there were a couple of reasons for that. One is the in my opinion badly casted John Lithgow. His role as Lieutenant Colonel Bruce Derringer just didn't fit in properly. It felt like he didn't take his role very serious, although I'm convinced that it also had something to do with the script. Perhaps no-one had payed enough attention to the development of his role... And there were a couple more problems to be found in this movie. Take for instance the crew. The voice-over in the beginning says it too: There just has to be a virgin, a wise guy, a cool guy,... in every flight crew. That was so stereotypical that it bothered me. The last thing that didn't really do it for me - although it wasn't as bad as my two other points of criticism - was the entire day before their mission. I just had the feeling that they should have kept it shorter. I'm not saying that they had to skip that part completely, but I was waiting for the part in which all the flying and the action would take place.

Still, I don't want you to think that this isn't a good movie. Once they are in that bomber, the stereotypes seemed to melt away like snow for the sun. They started to act as a team, instead of being a bunch of individuals that didn't seem to fit in. From that moment on I was truly captivated by this movie. Also the fact that they show so many flight and fight sequences, including some real-time footage, is wonderful. I know, I just love to watch those old Messerschmits, B-17's,... flying and that already was enough for me to like this movie. But than again, who else would watch such a movie than the people who are interested in that part of the war? Not that many I suppose.

As a conclusion I would like to say that I liked this movie for many reasons, but the best one must have been the acting once they were in that confined space of the airplane. All they had to work with was the interaction between them, their enemies and their plane and they sure did a wonderful job from that moment on. So despite the fact that I didn't like the first part of the movie all that much, I must say that the second part made me decide to give it a very good final rating. I give this movie a well deserved 7.5/10.

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