The story of Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger (Tom Hanks), 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.


Clint Eastwood


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


On Thursday, January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the "Miracle on the Hudson" when pilot Chesley"Sully" Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all one hundred fifty-five 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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The untold story behind the miracle on the Hudson


Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


In Sully's flashback to flying a biplane as a teenager, a Civil Air Patrol sign (red prop on a blue background) is clearly visible on an airport building. The Civil Air Patrol was responsible for courier duty and Coastal Patrol missions, amongst other tasks, during World War II. Today, they are responsible for all inland Search and Rescue operations in the United States, and they operate one of the largest fleets of aircraft in the world. See more »


One taxi cab has a billboard on top for the The Revenant. See more »


Sheila Dail: Just once I'd like to get out of LaGuardia on time.
Donna Dent: Well, you know the only way to get out of LaGuardia on time.
Sheila Dail: Yeah, what's that?
Donna Dent: Fly out of JFK.
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits, the closing logos are black and white on a black background. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film's IMAX release presented the film open-matte, at an aspect ratio of 1.90:1, meaning there was more picture information visible in the top and bottom of the frame than in normal theaters and on home video. See more »


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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User Reviews

A very low-key and introverted film.
18 February 2019 | by yoggworkSee all my reviews

A very low-key and introverted film. The structure of the film is very clever, the most moving flight process is scattered in the middle of the film, constantly re-enacted fragments to enhance the heat. But from another point of view, the story of the film is very simple, it can be said that the plot has no depth, especially reflected in the final hearing, a sentence to achieve a big turnaround. After watching it, there was even a feeling that it was a documentary rather than a commercial movie.

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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 »


Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,028,301, 11 September 2016

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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