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Memphis Belle
Memphis Belle
Directors: William Wyler, Louis Hayward
Genres: Indie & Art House, Classics, Documentary, Military & War
NR     2004     1hr 44min

Memphis Belle tells the remarkable story of the legendary B-17 Flyng Fortress that flew through the flak and fighter filled skies over the Third Reich during World War II. Surviving the loss of a total of nine engines, bo...  more »


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Directors: William Wyler, Louis Hayward
Genres: Indie & Art House, Classics, Documentary, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Silent Films, Documentary, Military & War
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/07/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 44min
Screens: Black and White,Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

NOT the Orignial Memphis Belle Documentary
thorvald | USA | 02/02/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)

"This in NOT the orginial Memphis Belle documentary! This is a British remake/rehash of the original with altered narration and altered editing.

It appears most of the original footage is included (I _wish_ I had the orginal to compare--it's the one I thought I was getting), but the original narration has been replaced, eliminating some of the most affecting parts (the WWII blood-donor pitch, for one--about how blood donations from the folks at home might have saved some of the returning wounded fliers), as well as the first-hand, on-the-scene sense of tension that the original had.

This version isn't terrible, and does continue the Memphis Belle story past their successful final bombing mission, and includes some extra b&w footage. But is--I repeat--NOT the original."
D. P. Lentini | North Berwick, ME USA | 07/15/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)

"A poor documentary based on the original. The narration is terrible and the drama and emotion of Wyler's moive are lost. Such a shame. I do not recommend this at all."
Life is What You Make It
Howard Wilson | Kyoto, Japan | 08/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Memphis Belle says it all. In war the winds of death blow each way you turn and it holds true in everyday life. We've got to work with the team, not against it. Some of us will make it, some wont'.

The crew of the Memphis Belle was a team and a team has to work together in war if you hope to win the battle against an enemy you can't see. Somebody always gets hurt. But with a little help from your crew mates you can make it. In war life and death are always staring you in the face, telling you don't count on anything. If you make it call it luck. In war you live or die. Nobody knows if you're going to make it. In my case I made it. I was lucky. The guys on the Memphis Belle made it. They were lucky. It could have gone the the other way, like the plane that got cut in two by a damaged enemy plane.

War is the great enemy. Whoever wins turns out to be a loser.

Call it luck on a plate of ice.

Best wishes."