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By Lou Cedrone | October 12, 1990
THE PEOPLE who produced ''Memphis Belle'' showed courage of a special kind. The idea that someone might dare, today, to do a film about a World War II bomber crew seems incredibly risky. After all, we have all those old war films showing on television. What can the producers of ''Memphis Belle'' do that hasn't been done before, many times over?Well, they could make an exceptional film, and they have. ''Memphis Belle'' plays a little like the old World War II movies but with a difference. Yes, the final mission plays like so many similar missions in so many similar films, but because today's movie makers are allowed more freedom, these airmen speak a language that was alien to the World War II war movies.
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May 17, 2004
Robert Morgan, 85, commander of the Memphis Belle, a B-17 bomber that flew combat missions over Europe during World War II, died Saturday in Asheville, N.C., of complications from injuries he suffered in a fall. A native of Asheville, Mr. Morgan became famous as the pilot of the Memphis Belle, which flew 25 combat missions over Germany and France during World War II. Mr. Morgan co-authored a book about his experiences, The Man Who Flew the Memphis Belle, with Ron Powers. The crew completed its 25th bombing mission on May 17, 1943.
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By Susan Baer and Susan Baer,Washington Bureau of The Sun | October 14, 1990
Washington-- When movie producer Catherine Wyler stepped onto the English airfield set for her first major feature-length film, the just-released "Memphis Belle," she had a sweetly startling revelation:She knew things. Hundreds of things. Things she didn't even know she knew.She knew there would be a hassle over the credits. She knew there would be disasters on the set. She knew there would be a certain point of no return at which she'd eat, sleep and breathe nothing but the production."It was stunning to me the amount of odd things I knew," she says in her Washington town house, the East Coast counterpart of her home in Beverly Hills.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | April 7, 1995
It all came down to the green, green grass of home.He hadn't been back in 15 or 16 years. He'd had a wonderful time, become a world class director ("Scandal," "This Boy's Life," "Memphis Belle") and suddenly, almost by accident, Michael Caton-Jones found himself back in Edinburgh, Scotland, at that city's annual film festival."It really felt good," he recalled. "I wanted to come back and do a film there." And that, essentially, is how come two years and $30 million later, Caton-Jones is answering questions about his romantic historical epic "Rob Roy," in which Liam Neeson (an old drinking body, if Irish)
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | October 12, 1990
'Memphis Belle'Starring Matthew Modine and Eric Stoltz.Directed by Michael Caton-Jones.Distributed by Warner Bros.Rated PG-13.*** "Memphis Belle" isn't that rarity, a movie about World War II. No, it's something more rare still: It's a World War II movie.It's the real thing -- a gung-ho, rah-rah encomium to team spirit, the wisdom of leadership and the unimpeachable sanctity of national goals. It's never heard of irony or revisionism -- or Vietnam. That historians now conclude the strategic bombing initiatives of the 8th Air Force over Germany -- which the film illustrates -- were tactically useless and ineffective doesn't bother it in the least.
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By Lou Cedrone | October 11, 1990
*''Memphis Belle'' A World War II film in which a B-17 crew hopes so survive its 25th mission. Matthew Modine and Eric Stoltz are in the cast.*''Mr. Destiny''James Belushi is a young man who believes his life would be much better had he hit that baseball, years before, in the high school championship game. A stranger (Michael Caine) shows him how life would have been if he had.* 'Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael'' Winona Ryder is Dinky Rosetti, a teen-ager who hopes to follow in the steps of the local girl who made good.
NEWS
May 17, 2004
Robert Morgan, 85, commander of the Memphis Belle, a B-17 bomber that flew combat missions over Europe during World War II, died Saturday in Asheville, N.C., of complications from injuries he suffered in a fall. A native of Asheville, Mr. Morgan became famous as the pilot of the Memphis Belle, which flew 25 combat missions over Germany and France during World War II. Mr. Morgan co-authored a book about his experiences, The Man Who Flew the Memphis Belle, with Ron Powers. The crew completed its 25th bombing mission on May 17, 1943.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | October 12, 1990
Well, no sir, he doesn't quite get it.The old man, tan and fit enough, seems somewhat bemused by all the fuss. To him it was a job. He did it. He survived it. He went on with his life."
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By LAURA CHARLES | March 13, 1991
CLOTHES ENCOUNTERS: Pop singer Cyndi Lauper was anxiously waiting at the door Monday morning for Tim Potee to open up his nifty vintage clothing shop, Dreamland, on Read Street.4 "She nearly busted it down," he said with a laugh.The diminutive Lauper, who'd performed the night before at Hammerjacks, brought a bunch of girlfriends on her 20-minute whirlwind buying spree, which included the purchase of a pair of vintage '50s sea horse glasses."She tried on every hat in the store," Potee dished, adding that he thought his friends would never believe she was there . . . so he put her on his portable phone with a few.Didn't anybody tell him that girls just want to have fun?
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By Ernest Imhoff | April 6, 1991
MUSICBSO does Broadway Broadway and Verdi loom big this weekend. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra plays Broadway hits at 8:15 tonight in the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. New York conductor Paul Gemignani and soprano Carolann Page (who sang Pat Nixon in John Adams' opera "Nixon in China") make BSO debuts in Sondheim, Bernstein and other music. Tickets are $14-$37. Call 783-8000. And at 4 p.m. tomorrow, T. Herbert Dimmock directs The Handel Choir in the Verdi choral masterpiece, the Manzoni Requiem, at Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College.
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By Ernest Imhoff | April 6, 1991
MUSICBSO does Broadway Broadway and Verdi loom big this weekend. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra plays Broadway hits at 8:15 tonight in the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. New York conductor Paul Gemignani and soprano Carolann Page (who sang Pat Nixon in John Adams' opera "Nixon in China") make BSO debuts in Sondheim, Bernstein and other music. Tickets are $14-$37. Call 783-8000. And at 4 p.m. tomorrow, T. Herbert Dimmock directs The Handel Choir in the Verdi choral masterpiece, the Manzoni Requiem, at Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College.
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By LAURA CHARLES | March 13, 1991
CLOTHES ENCOUNTERS: Pop singer Cyndi Lauper was anxiously waiting at the door Monday morning for Tim Potee to open up his nifty vintage clothing shop, Dreamland, on Read Street.4 "She nearly busted it down," he said with a laugh.The diminutive Lauper, who'd performed the night before at Hammerjacks, brought a bunch of girlfriends on her 20-minute whirlwind buying spree, which included the purchase of a pair of vintage '50s sea horse glasses."She tried on every hat in the store," Potee dished, adding that he thought his friends would never believe she was there . . . so he put her on his portable phone with a few.Didn't anybody tell him that girls just want to have fun?
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By Susan Baer and Susan Baer,Washington Bureau of The Sun | October 14, 1990
Washington-- When movie producer Catherine Wyler stepped onto the English airfield set for her first major feature-length film, the just-released "Memphis Belle," she had a sweetly startling revelation:She knew things. Hundreds of things. Things she didn't even know she knew.She knew there would be a hassle over the credits. She knew there would be disasters on the set. She knew there would be a certain point of no return at which she'd eat, sleep and breathe nothing but the production."It was stunning to me the amount of odd things I knew," she says in her Washington town house, the East Coast counterpart of her home in Beverly Hills.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | October 12, 1990
'Memphis Belle'Starring Matthew Modine and Eric Stoltz.Directed by Michael Caton-Jones.Distributed by Warner Bros.Rated PG-13.*** "Memphis Belle" isn't that rarity, a movie about World War II. No, it's something more rare still: It's a World War II movie.It's the real thing -- a gung-ho, rah-rah encomium to team spirit, the wisdom of leadership and the unimpeachable sanctity of national goals. It's never heard of irony or revisionism -- or Vietnam. That historians now conclude the strategic bombing initiatives of the 8th Air Force over Germany -- which the film illustrates -- were tactically useless and ineffective doesn't bother it in the least.
FEATURES
By Lou Cedrone | October 12, 1990
THE PEOPLE who produced ''Memphis Belle'' showed courage of a special kind. The idea that someone might dare, today, to do a film about a World War II bomber crew seems incredibly risky. After all, we have all those old war films showing on television. What can the producers of ''Memphis Belle'' do that hasn't been done before, many times over?Well, they could make an exceptional film, and they have. ''Memphis Belle'' plays a little like the old World War II movies but with a difference. Yes, the final mission plays like so many similar missions in so many similar films, but because today's movie makers are allowed more freedom, these airmen speak a language that was alien to the World War II war movies.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | October 12, 1990
Well, no sir, he doesn't quite get it.The old man, tan and fit enough, seems somewhat bemused by all the fuss. To him it was a job. He did it. He survived it. He went on with his life."
FEATURES
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | April 7, 1995
It all came down to the green, green grass of home.He hadn't been back in 15 or 16 years. He'd had a wonderful time, become a world class director ("Scandal," "This Boy's Life," "Memphis Belle") and suddenly, almost by accident, Michael Caton-Jones found himself back in Edinburgh, Scotland, at that city's annual film festival."It really felt good," he recalled. "I wanted to come back and do a film there." And that, essentially, is how come two years and $30 million later, Caton-Jones is answering questions about his romantic historical epic "Rob Roy," in which Liam Neeson (an old drinking body, if Irish)
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By Lou Cedrone | October 11, 1990
*''Memphis Belle'' A World War II film in which a B-17 crew hopes so survive its 25th mission. Matthew Modine and Eric Stoltz are in the cast.*''Mr. Destiny''James Belushi is a young man who believes his life would be much better had he hit that baseball, years before, in the high school championship game. A stranger (Michael Caine) shows him how life would have been if he had.* 'Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael'' Winona Ryder is Dinky Rosetti, a teen-ager who hopes to follow in the steps of the local girl who made good.
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