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Sully (2016)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 9 September 2016 (USA)
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The story of Chesley Sullenberger, an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight's passengers and crew.

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Clint Eastwood

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Todd Komarnicki, Chesley Sullenberger (based on the book "Highest Duty" by) (as Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger
Aaron Eckhart ... Jeff Skiles
Valerie Mahaffey ... Diane Higgins
Delphi Harrington ... Lucille Palmer
Mike O'Malley ... Charles Porter
Jamey Sheridan ... Ben Edwards
Anna Gunn ... Elizabeth Davis
Holt McCallany ... Mike Cleary
Ahmed Lucan ... Egyptian Driver
Laura Linney ... Lorrie Sullenberger
Laura Lundy ... Reporter #1 (as Laura Lundy Wheale)
Onira Tares Onira Tares ... Reporter #2 (as Onira Tarés)
Gary Weeks ... Reporter #3
Katie Couric ... Katie Couric
Jeff Kober ... LT Cook
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Storyline

On Thursday, January 15th, 2009, the world witnessed the "Miracle on the Hudson" when Captain Chesley Sullenberger, nicknamed "Sully", glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career. Written by Warner Bros.

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The untold story behind the miracle on the Hudson

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some peril and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Miracle on the Hudson See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,028,301, 11 September 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$125,070,033

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$238,552,082
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II in Sully's flashback is a QF-4E of the US Air Force 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron. The number AF-349 can still be seen on the air conditioning intake above the nose wheel after landing. This aircraft became the last F-4 in US service, retiring on December 21, 2016. The tail code NA 68547 is imaginary but resembles the tail codes at the time Sully was posted to Nellis AFB. See more »

Goofs

During the hearing, captain Sully says they lost both engines at a lower altitude then any jet in history (2181 ft). Yet a year earlier in 2008, British Airways flight 38 lost both engines at 720 feet and crash landed at Heathrow, with no fatalities. See more »

Quotes

LT Cook: A pilot never stops acquiring knowledge. You'll make mistakes, everyone does. Just learn from them.
Sully (16 Years Old): Yes, sir.
LT Cook: And never forget, no matter what's happening, to fly the airplane.
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Crazy Credits

As the credits roll, there is a reuniting scene with the passengers and crew. Another scene follows shortly with Sully's wife talking briefly about what has been going on at their home since the miraculous landing on the Hudson River. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Moment by Moment: Averting Disaster on the Hudson (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Flying Home (Theme from 'Sully')
Written by Clint Eastwood, Tierney Sutton, and J.B. Eckl
Performed by Tierney Sutton Band (as The Tierney Sutton Band)
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an absorbing showcase of a man's extraordinary professionalism in the face of danger
12 September 2016 | by ctowyiSee all my reviews

Running at a lean and spry 96min, Clint Eastwood's Sully isn't so much a clinical bio-pic in the traditional sense, but an absorbing showcase of a man's extraordinary professionalism in the face of danger.

On Thursday, January 15th, 2009, the world witnessed the "Miracle on the Hudson" when Captain Chesley Sullenburger (Tom Hanks) glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.

Tom Hanks underplays Sullenburger but in so doing he brings out the multi-layered human qualities in the man. This is about a man who has 42 years of flying experience and he knows the aircraft like it is the back of his hand. Here is a man who does his job to the best of his abilities and he does it well. He will tell you he is not a hero but simply a man who is just doing his job. From a man with no time he becomes the man of all time. However, he is shaken to his very core when the doubts start to set in as the NTSB rips apart his heroic maneuver. Is Sullenburger a hero or a fraud?

The story rests on Tom Hank's abled shoulders who has built a reputation playing understated and reluctant heroes in Bridge of Spies and Captain Phillips. On first look Hank didn't seem to put on his acting hat, but after a night of rumination his character continues to stay with me. His sullenly insular and taciturn manner displays a fully functioning problem-solver's mind, calculating the probability of survival in that instance when the birds hit the plane engines. Thank goodness he trusts his instincts rather than the computer.

Hank isn't the only star in the story. At 86, Eastwood has meticulously crafted an honest story we thought we already knew into a tense drama with little bell and whistle. His unfazed skill in storytelling is assured and Sully definitely belongs to the top tier of his pantheon of good movies that include Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby. In Eastwood's hands, the film flies above the usual biopic tropes and it feels like a homage to a modest man who rose to an extraordinary occasion and a salute to professionalism. It is a wonder the story doesn't carry an ounce of jingoism and it is a superb amalgam of the loud and the silence and the human elements of a near air disaster.

The final star is definitely the plane crash. For a home-theatre enthusiast, the visuals and sonics are a feast for the senses. We get to see the crash and its aftermath from every physical and emotional angle. I can't remember the last time I see a reenactment of a plane crash so visceral and real. This is the closest you will get to experience one without actually being in one.

I didn't care much for Eastwood's last directorial effort American Sniper because it carried too many skull-numbing and blatant embellishments, but with Sully he has redeemed himself. This may feel like a straight-forward story but the use of Rashomon-resque plot manipulation transcends the film above the usual biopics that you would forget after a night's sleep. I didn't forget this one today.


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