History Film / MemphisBelle

4th Jun '16 8:37:16 PM Tank50us
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** ''The entire reason the Mustang assumed escort duties in the first place'' was because they had the range to escort the bombers all the way into Germany and back. A mission to Bremen would have been well within the fighter's combat radius. The fighter escorts having to turn back because of their lack of fuel is much more characteristic of the P-47 Thunderbolt (which ''is'' the aircraft assigned escort duties during the film's time frame0.

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** ''The entire reason the Mustang assumed escort duties in the first place'' was because they had the range to escort the bombers all the way into Germany and back. A mission to Bremen would have been well within the fighter's combat radius. The fighter escorts having to turn back because of their lack of fuel is much more characteristic of the P-47 Thunderbolt (which ''is'' the aircraft assigned escort duties during the film's time frame0.frame).
** This however isn't entirely the fault of the film crew. At the time of filming, very ''very'' P-47s even existed in any condition let alone flying condition. And those that did were of the later models with the bubble canopy. Very few P-47s survived after the war as many P-51s went to fight on in other air forces that were needing planes quickly (and didn't want left-over BF-109s of Spitfires), or to carry on in air racing. Only recently have enough P-47s been restored that if a remake were to be done, it could be possible to have the right escorts... but there most likely wouldn't be enough B-17s.
*** Issues that I might add, can be rectified with the appropriate application of CGI.
19th May '16 3:26:02 PM Mdumas43073
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* Lt Phil Lowenthal: TheNavigator (D.B. Sweeney)--Morbidly convinced he's going to die.

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* Lt Phil Lowenthal: TheNavigator [[TheNavigator Navigator]] (D.B. Sweeney)--Morbidly convinced he's going to die.
19th May '16 3:25:29 PM Mdumas43073
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''Memphis Belle'' is a 1990 war movie based on the real-life story of the first bomber crew in the US 8th Air Force to complete a full tour of 25 missions over occupied Europe.

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''Memphis Belle'' is a 1990 war WorldWarII movie directed by Michael Caton-Jones, based on the real-life story of the first bomber crew in the US 8th Air Force to complete a full tour of 25 missions over occupied Europe.



Watching their progress is Army Public Relations man Lt. Colonel Derringer, who plans to take the men on a publicity tour of the USA when they return. The officers have been told, but the pilot--strait-laced Dennis Dearborn (Matthew Modine) opts not to tell the men, to keep their minds on the job.

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Watching their progress is Army Public Relations man Lt. Colonel Derringer, Derringer (Creator/JohnLithgow), who plans to take the men on a publicity tour of the USA when they return. The officers have been told, but the pilot--strait-laced pilot -- strait-laced Dennis Dearborn (Matthew Modine) -- opts not to tell the men, to keep their minds on the job.



* Lt Val Kozlowski: Bombardier (Billy Zane)--Smooth-talker who claims he's been to medical school

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* Lt Val Kozlowski: Bombardier (Billy Zane)--Smooth-talker (Creator/BillyZane)--Smooth-talker who claims he's been to medical school



* Sgt Virgil Hoogesteyer: Top Turret/Flight Engineer (Reed Diamond)--"The Virgin", obsessed with hamburgers.
* Sgt "Rascal" Moore: Ball Turret (Sean Astin)--Obsessed with sex. Teases Virgil.

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* Sgt Virgil Hoogesteyer: Top Turret/Flight Engineer (Reed Diamond)--"The (Creator/ReedDiamond)--"The Virgin", obsessed with hamburgers.
* Sgt "Rascal" Moore: Ball Turret (Sean Astin)--Obsessed (Creator/SeanAstin)--Obsessed with sex. Teases Virgil.



* Sgt Clay Busby: Tail Gunner (Harry Connick, Jr)--Hick farmboy with a hell of a singing voice.

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* Sgt Clay Busby: Tail Gunner (Harry Connick, Jr)--Hick Jr.)--Hick farmboy with a hell of a singing voice.
9th Feb '16 9:20:44 AM Ambaryerno
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* JustPlaneWrong: The fighters shown escorting the B-17s early in the raid are P-51 Mustangs. Mustangs certainly ''did'' escort the bomber raids, but:
** The film is set in May, 1943, and the first Mustang capable of carrying out the high-altitude fighter escort role, the P-51B, weren't delivered until November of that year (the P-51 and P-51A were introduced earlier, but both equipped with Allison engines that lacked high-altitude performance, making them unsuitable for bomber escort duties and they were instead utilized as low/medium-altitude fighters and ground attack platforms).
** The Mustangs used for the film were P-51Ds, which didn't arrive in Europe until 1944.
** ''The entire reason the Mustang assumed escort duties in the first place'' was because they had the range to escort the bombers all the way into Germany and back. A mission to Bremen would have been well within the fighter's combat radius. The fighter escorts having to turn back because of their lack of fuel is much more characteristic of the P-47 Thunderbolt (which ''is'' the aircraft assigned escort duties during the film's time frame0.
23rd Jan '16 9:24:20 AM mavacca
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* ActingForTwo: By the planes. There weren't that many B-17s still flying when this movie was made, so they painted different markings on the left and right sides, so that they could play one plane when filmed from the left, and a different plane when filmed from the right.
** SpecialEffectsFailure: In some scenes, especially the takeoff sequence, both sets of nose art are visible on camera at the same time.
30th Jul '15 9:35:31 AM cra0422
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Luke wants to have a go at firing the guns, and succeeds in shooting down a German fighter--which inadvertently crashes into the rookie crew's bomber. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BU5TKCxZ0s4 Like this.]]

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Luke wants to have a go at firing the guns, and succeeds in shooting down a German fighter--which inadvertently crashes into the rookie crew's bomber. [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BU5TKCxZ0s4 com/watch?v=djIvmaYI9LQ Like this.]]
24th Jul '15 6:56:15 PM cra0422
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* HiddenHeartofGold: Jack spends most of the film acting like a JerkAss, usually yelling at his crewmates when they're messing around, and even apparently dropping the highly religious Eugene's patron saint medal out of the plane. He reveals he cares when after seeing Eugene's concern for him after he thought he'd been severely injured and reveals that he hadn't dropped the medal after all and instead hidden it up his sleeve in a sleight of hand trick. Another instance is when the fatalistic Phil is leaving his belongings to crewmembers: Phil leaves a pen to Eugene and baseball cards to Jack, but Jack says he's more of a football fan after Eugene expressed his desire for the baseball cards.
28th Nov '14 7:01:45 PM GuyIncog
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* NewMeat: The crew of ''Mother and Country" is on their first mission.
31st Aug '14 12:31:31 PM SomeSortOfTroper
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* [[HeyItsThatGuy Hey, It's That Guy!]]: The Lieutenant Colonel from Public Relations is secretly [[ThirdRockFromTheSun an alien from another planet]]
** Rascal has [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings traded in his pots and pans]] for a pair of .50 Caliber machine guns.
** Clay flew another plane (and did a lot less singing) [[Film/IndependenceDay when the aliens invaded]].
** Danny helps save someone else's life in ''Film/PulpFiction'', and may be most famous as [[TheOtherMarty THE Other Marty]].
** Virgil takes a turn as a villain in ''{{Dollhouse}}''.
** A certain ''Series/StargateSG1'' actor (Ben Browder) makes an early cameo.
27th Jul '14 8:29:21 PM Ambaryerno
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** Also the footage of the bombs detonating on the ground uses period footage of bombing raids.
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