Memphis Belle

6.91 h 47 min1990X-RayPG-13
A human drama set against a World War II backdrop and focussing on thecrew of a US Eighth Air Force B-17 bomber, stationed in England.
Michael Caton-Jones
Matthew ModineEric StoltzSean Astin
DramaMilitary and WarAdventureAction
English [CC]
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Harry Connick, Jr.Reed Edward DiamondTate DonovanJohn LithgowD.B. SweeneyBilly ZaneDavid StrathairnJane Horrocks
David PuttnamCatherine Wyler
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R. StadlerReviewed in the United States on November 21, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
... World War II in this film makes me feel like I'm with him
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My dad flew a B-17 in World War II in this film makes me feel like I'm with him. He unfortunately got robbed and murdered in Aurora Illinois on January 15th 1996... this is the movie to watch if you love b-17s in World War II everytime I watch it I Cry!!! Those brave men a lot of which were very young homie 19 or 20 years old like my dad . Seems people these days have no idea what they went through so it we can enjoy America and its freedoms. If I was a history teacher I would make this movie and Saving Private Ryan a mandatory watch for any students who wanted to pass my class along with a few other movies about the sacrifices made so we can enjoy our freedoms in this country!!!
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Michael S EixenbergerReviewed in the United States on April 4, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent Movie but keep it in perspective ...
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This is an excellent movie, with good acting and portrayals of composite characters from B17 aircraft during WWII.

It IS NOT a historical depiction of actual events of the final flight, mission, or flight crew of the Memphis Belle. The actual crew of the Belle are greater than life is many respects and not represented by this movie. Again, this movie is a fictional history centered on an actual aircraft but the flight crew, mission and etc are composite sketches of what many B17 crews endured during the war.
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ScotsmanbullyReviewed in the United States on July 4, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent Film About Heroism, Humanity, and Victory
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A little bit overdone in places, but an excellent film about the comradeship and courage of American servicemen and what they did to achieve victory in World War II. In this case, the setting is in a B-17 bomber on a mission into Germany. The humanity of airmen and their heroism are displayed in an exciting, fact-based movie. My father had several friends who were in B-17s during the war. One had a hardware store with his brother. One was a jeweler. One took over his dad's five-and-dime. And, one was a lawyer who's misfortune was being shot down on his first mission flying over the Netherlands. They were all regular guys, just like the ones who flew on Memphis Belle. They took the war to our enemies in a battle of goodness over evil and against incredible odds. Like servicemen and women to this day, they acted with nobility, imperfections, and the greatness of the American character that built this country and longed for peace protecting our liberty. This is a good movie.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on May 12, 2014
2.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie but the Blu Ray was a dissappointment.
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I love this movie and was really looking forward to the Blu Ray however the quality is not a significant improvement over the DVD. Some times they really put a lot effort to maximizing the visuals when they release Blu Rays and I don't think that is the case here. Not really surprising either since this isn't a hugely popular movie.

Bottom line: If you have the DVD I wouldn't worry about buying it on Blu Ray.

As far as people who don't like this movie because it is very historically inaccurate you need to just come off it. I have the documentary and it's great. If you want history watch that. If you want entertaining drama and action then this is great. I know this is about as far from reality as it gets, but it's still enjoyable and it's def. the best quality depiction of B-17 bombing on film. Irrelevant side point: My grandfather was pilot on a B17G in the 8th.
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cwgReviewed in the United States on September 6, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
so much more than just a plane and crew
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Sometimes you have to believe in miracles. While this is based on a true story, it bears little resemblance to the actual facts of the Memphis Belle itself, but like the Memphis Belle, it stands for something far greater. It's not so much the plane itself as the young men behind it. The very young men who went "over there" worked miracles. The kids depicted in this movie represent all of the flying boys that literally saved the world. There is something of all of them in this crew, and all of them are honored by this depiction. The look and feel and timing really bring the war home to the viewer, more so than any other recent war movie. It is more than a simple sum of it's parts. Watching it these years later and comparing these young actors to the middle-aged men they are now brings home once again how young, how very young, the heroes were that gave their all for others and for peace. Not without it's flaws, but wonderfully done nonetheless and hopefully this movie will remain a favorite after the last of these planes and men are gone.
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John E. DennisReviewed in the United States on August 25, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Grand Tale from WWII
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This is a grand portrayal of the airwar over Europe in WWII. It concentrates on a true story about a US bomber and crew who survive, against the odds, 25 missions and get to go home. The actors and cinematography are excellent. The story is dramatized treating the subject very well conveying the horrors, dreams and aspirations of the young men who
served and and all those who didn't return.
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RatherLiveInKeyWestReviewed in the United States on September 21, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Memphis Belle - Beautifully filmed, emotional, good acting and an eye opener of days gone by
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With so much focus on streaming content these days, prices of disks have become very affordable. We recently picked a handful of movies that we had not seen or just wanted to see again and add to our disk inventory, and purchased them through Amazon. Glad we did - has been fun watching them.

Memphis Belle was an amazing watch for your entire family, and an eye opener to the past for the younger ones in our crew. I understand that this is essentially historical fiction wrapped around real people, a real plane crew and events that did occur over a period of time. The way it was put together, the connection and emotion between the cast of characters, and the outstanding filming of this movie, all combined to hit home with grandparents, parents and teens in our gang.

This movie inspired our then almost-high-schooler to delve more into the Memphis Belle and read about the actual events and plane. Last year we even were lucky enough to attend a fly-in by the B-17 that played the part of Memphis Belle in the movie! Though the cost of the ride-along was out of our reach, we must have watched four or five take-offs and landings from the downwind end of the runway! We watched each touchdown as the B-17 returned, and felt the prop wash for each takeoff as the pilots ran up the RPMs before letting the big plane rumble down the tarmac and lift into the sky. Awesome day.

Out entire family enjoyed this movie and it inspired us to further learning. Well done.
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UrbanCrusoeReviewed in the United States on July 12, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
who was a B17 navigator) but good for a popular movie
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A bit of an idealized version of WWII air combat, both psychologically and in the choice of actors, (at least according to my conversations with my father-in-law, who was a B17 navigator) but good for a popular movie. Some good attention to detail of planes, base, etc. It's good this movie opens up this aspect of WWII to young people who may know nothing of it. The War Lover is probably a better movie psychologically and The Best Years of Our Lives, though about postwar experience, gives more insight into a bombardier. Memphis Belle, like many war movies, is a collage of experience that blends many characters, scenes, moments into one 2-hour experience. One might argue that everything that happens in this movie happened to real people at the time, most people didn't experience all of those things at the same time.
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