Memphis Belle

"Brave young men who rode on the wings of victory."

Memphis Belle, a 1990 movie directed by Michael Caton-Jones, depicts the last mission of an American B-17 bomber by the same name. The movie stars Matthew Modine and Eric Stoltz, and it is also the screen debut of Harry Connick, Jr. The movie is based on the documentary, Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress. The movie shows the flight crew of the Memphis Belle getting ready to fly their last of twenty-five missions. It is the first time that an American B-17 had flown that many missions, and there was a celebratory feel to the occasion. The media even came for the event, not to record the actual war, but to show how special this plane and its crew were to efforts in World War II.

The plot of the film goes through the last flight of the Memphis Belle in detail, showing how the battle with the Germans played out. The American fighters suffered heavy losses throughout the movie, and the movie celebrates how the Memphis Belle fought through the adversity and conquered the Germans. The movie places the Memphis Belle in high esteem over the other bombers in the movie.

The movie is designed to celebrate this aircraft’s place in American history. The movie celebrates the characters and their contributions to the crew. The writers of the script created characters that the audience can fall in love with, and characters that can be loathed for their non-belief in the mission and the crew.

One question about the movie concerns the historical value of the movie: Does the movie depict history in the correct way? The movie loosely follows the historical facts of the battle and the story of the Memphis Belle. The character names are different, and the events are generalizations of the actual missions that were flown over Germany. Hollywood took great liberties with the actual facts of the last mission flown by the Memphis Belle.

PG-13
| 1990 | 1 hr 47 min | 6.9/10
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Michael Caton-Jones
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English
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