Memphis Belle

I was flipping through the channels after dinner and I found the movie Memphis Belle (1990) on. I haven’t seen that movie in a long time, so I decided to watch it. I caught it 2/3 of into the movie. It was at the part where the Memphis Belle was on it’s 25th and final mission.

Memphis Belle (1990)

From imdb.comMemphis Belle (1990)

It’s May 1943 at a US Air Force base in England. The four officers and six enlisted men of the Memphis Belle – a B-17 bomber so nicknamed for the girlfriend of its stern and stoic captain, Dennis Dearborn – will soon start their twenty-fifth mission, having completed their previous twenty-four successfully with nary an incident, while fewer and fewer other planes are coming back from their missions at all. If they complete their next mission successfully, they will be the first US Air Force squad to complete their tour of duty. Visiting communications officer Lt. Col. Bruce Derringer wants to publicize and highly tout their accomplishment, even before it happens, as a long term good news campaign at a time when there is little good news to report. Derringer’s plan is against the wishes of the base commander, Col. Craig Harriman, who would prefer to treat the ten as any of his other hard working men… Written by Huggo

I forgot how good this movie was and all the good actors that were in the movie. Here is a list of the cast members:

Matthew Modine Matthew Modine
Capt. Dennis Dearborn
Eric Stoltz Eric Stoltz
Sgt. Danny “Danny Boy” Daly
Tate Donovan Tate Donovan
1st Lt. Luke Sinclair
D.B. Sweeney D.B. Sweeney
Lt. Phil Lowenthal
Billy Zane Billy Zane
Lt. Val “Valentine” Kozlowski
Sean Astin Sean Astin
Sgt. Richard “Rascal” Moore
Harry Connick Jr. Harry Connick Jr.
Sgt. Clay Busby
Reed Diamond Reed Diamond
Sgt. Virgil Hoogesteger (as Reed Edward Diamond)
Courtney Gains Courtney Gains
Sgt. Eugene McVey
Neil Giuntoli Neil Giuntoli
Sgt. Jack Bocci
David Strathairn David Strathairn
Col. Craig Harriman
John Lithgow John Lithgow
Lt.Col. Bruce Derringer

One of my favorite parts of the movie is when Harry Connick, Jr. sings “Danny Boy” (1913.)

When I Googled the song, I found out that I have a couple of different artist version of the song: Elvis Presley, Andy Williams, Johnny CashSam Cooke and The Glenn Miller Orchestra.

I’m going to see when this movie is on again so I can watch it from the beginning.

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