If you've never seen an aviation movie before in your entire life, you'll be blissfully ignorant of the fact that Memphis Belle shamelessly (and yet gloriously) incorporates just about every cliché in the flight-movie handbook. If you're a big fan of aviation films--especially ones about World War II bomber crews--you'll be glad that the genre's clichés have been handled with such professional flair. As it follows the crew of a B-17 bomber on its final and most dangerous mission over Germany, Memphis Belle may be little more than a slick and highly authentic presentation... of familiar thrills and characters, but it's a rousing piece of entertainment. Featuring an ensemble cast of fresh faces who've since enjoyed thriving careers (including Billy Zane, Sean Astin, Eric Stoltz, DB Sweeney and Harry Connick Jr.), the movie exists as a fitting tribute to the men who fought and often died in the air over hostile territory. It's the Hollywood version of a 1944 wartime documentary made by legendary director William Wyler (whose daughter served as one of this film's producers), and as such it's a bit contrived and melodramatic. And yet, this exciting movie is almost certain to grab and hold your attention, offering an honourable reminder of the bravery and integrity that were crucial ingredients of any bomber's crew. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com [show more]
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Matthew Modine and Eric Stoltz head the dynamic cast of Memphis Belle, an adventure inspired by true World War II heroics. During spring 1943 they took to the war-torn skies for the most dangerous mission in defence of freedom. If the ten-man crew of the bomber Memphis Belle returned, they would receive a hero's welcome and renew flagging public morale. But the odds were stacked heavily against them in the true, courageous story of the brave "fly-boys" who each fought mortal fear while fighting the enemy together. Actors Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz, Tate Donovan, D.B. Sweeney, Billy Zane, Sean Astin, Harry Connick Jr., Reed Diamond, Courtney Gains, John Lithgow, David Strathairn, Jane Horrocks & Ben Browder Director Michael Caton-Jones Certificate PG Year 1990 Screen Widescreen 1.85:1 ; Fullscreen Languages English - Dolby Digital (5.1) Subtitles English ; Arabic ; Romanian ; Bulgarian ; English for the hearing impaired Duration 1 hour 48 minutes (approx) Region Region 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.
The crew of the USAF bomber 'Memphis Belle', stationed in Britain during World War II, are preparing for their record-breaking 25th daylight mission. The mission will be as dangerous as ever, but if they survive they will return to the States as heroes. Starring Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz and crooner Harry Connick Jr, the film is based on William Wyler's classic 1944 documentary.