Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
United Kingdom/Japan/USA, 1990. Enigma Productions, Warner Bros., Fujisankei Communication Group, British Satellite Broadcasting, County Natwest Ventures. Screenplay by Monte Merrick. Cinematography by David Watkin. Produced by David Puttnam, Catherine Wyler. Music by George Fenton. Production Design by Stuart Craig. Costume Design by Jane Robinson. Film Editing by Jim Clark.
This enjoyable wartime melodrama centres around the experiences of a pilot crew aboard a bomber plane. The Memphis Belle was assigned to some of the most dangerous missions on European battlefields, and when this film starts her crew need do only one more raid before they can finally go home: we all know what that means. Director Michael Caton-Jones infuses an enjoyable period flavour that overrides the sense of déjà vu that comes with just about every twist of the plot. The characters are mostly cliched stereotypes (Eric Stoltz gets cast as Irish because he’s a natural redhead, that sort of thing), but the actors who fill the roles do so with enthusiasm. Wartime buffs will especially get a kick out of it.