PG-13 | | Action, Drama, War
In 1943, the crew of a B-17 based in UK prepares for its 25th and last bombing mission over Germany before returning home to the USA.
Producer Catherine Wyler is the daughter of William Wyler, who directed the wartime documentary The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress (1944), which this movie was based on.
Sgt. Danny "Danny Boy" Daly:
Hey Genie! I'm sending this to you wife!
The Norden bombsight is depicted in the film as a simple vector bombsight, with the ground moving past the sight due to the forward motion of the airplane, and the bombardier toggling the bomb release switch when the target moves through the crosshairs. In reality, the Norden bombsight was a tachometric bombsight, which continually tracked and automatically released the bombs when the precomputed bomb release point was reached. The job of the bombardier was to make the adjustments necessary to keep the crosshairs stationary on the target. Any forward motion of the crosshairs relative to the target would indicate an error in the ground speed estimate, which would cause an error in the calculated bomb release point.
The UK cinema version was rated 12, and was uncut. The video release was rated PG, and removed the use of "all fucked up".
$5,026,846 14 October 1990
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