Memphis Belle script
Memphis Belle (1990)
Synopsis: At a U.S. Army Air Force base in England, the crew members of B-17 bomber Memphis Belle prepare for their 25th and final sortie into enemy German territory. Bomber Capt. Dennis Dearborn (Matthew Modine) knows the mission is a dangerous one, but he's under pressure from Army public relations man Lt. Col. Bruce Derringer (John Lithgow) to earn a decisive victory for the Allies. Now, the Memphis Belle prepares to take flight as apprehension and dissention grow among Dearborn's crew.

CO:

Yes, sir. Yes, sir, I'll have my

ground crews work all night. I

was hoping to give them a little

break. We're having a dance

tonight in honor of the Group's

first anniversary...

(interrupted again)

Yes, I'll give you an update as

soon as I know more. Thank you,

sir. Goodbye.

He hangs up. He's shaken by the news he's received.

S-2

Sir, eighteen planes. Three still

out.

He nods, then hurries out the door to the balcony.

EXT. CONTROL TOWER BALCONY - DAY

On the balcony, COLONEL BRUCE DERRINGER. Bruce is in

his mid-thirties, has all-American good looks and an

easy-going charm that he can turn on and off at will.

Bruce isn't watching the planes landing. He's looking

down at the lawn below. The CO comes out on the balcony

with the S-2.

(CONTINUED)

4.

CONTINUED:

BRUCE:

So that's them.

CO:

Those are the enlisted men.

You're meeting the officers

this afternoon.

BRUCE:

They must be the ten luckiest

sons of bitches in the world.

CO:

They're ordinary men, Bruce.

2A BRUCE'S POV

FROM the balcony DOWN TO the control tower lawn where

our six boys are just joining the crowd below.

BRUCE (O.S.)

Are you kidding? First, they

volunteer for this, then they

do 24 missions without a scratch.

They don't sound very ordinary

to me.

S-2

Two more, sir.

2B EXT. CONTROL TOWER BALCONY - DAY

The CO looks out at arriving planes through his

binoculars.

BRUCE:

You know, people at home are

getting pretty discouraged by our

losses. They're starting to think

daylight bombing is a mistake.

CO:

It's the only way we're going to

win this war.

BRUCE:

You're right, and we've got to

get that message across. That's

where I come in. The nation's

going to fall in love with those

boys. The first crew in the

Eighth Air Force to complete their

tour of duty.

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Monte Merrick

Monte L. Merrick, an accomplished and successful playwright, novelist and screenwriter probably best known for the screenplay for the film “Memphis Belle,” died in Santa Monica on March 24, following a battle with cancer . He was 65. The 1990 film “Memphis Belle,” directed by Michael Caton-Jones, starred Harry Connick Jr., Eric Stoltz and Matthew Modine in the WWII story of the U.K.-based crew of a B-17 bomber who must go on one last mission, over the heavily defended city of Bremen, Germany. more…

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