To a post-Vietnam War generation put off by militarism, David Puttnam's inspiring account of the final and most-harrowing WWII mission of the B-17 bomber The Memphis Belle
may seem hopelessly dated, but older viewers are likely to find much to enjoy in the film. Produced by Puttnam and Catherine Wyler (whose father, legendary filmmaker William Wyler, made a much-acclaimed wartime documentary about The Memphis Belle
) and directed by Michael Caton-Jones (SCANDAL), MEMPHIS BELLE is a grand reminder of an era when American ideals were less tarnished and when Americans seemed somehow nobler than today. Though flawed (especially during its ponderous beginning...