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.

(CONTINUED)

5.

2B CONTINUED:

CO:

They haven't done it yet.

BRUCE:

They will. You'll make sure of

it.

He leans on the balcony and looks down at the crew. We

MOVE DOWN TO them.

EXT. CONTROL TOWER LAWN

The six boys anxiously watch for the last plane.

DANNY:

One more. It'd be great if

everyone came back today. With

the dance and everything.

CLAY:

I give them four to one. Any

takers?

JACK:

Me.

CLAY:

Show me your money, Jack.

JACK:

Gene, lend me some money.

EUGENE:

What do I look like, Wells Fargo?

DANNY:

There they are!

Danny points out at the horizon. The boys are relieved.

They push each other around a little, then turn and start

walking across the field towards the barracks. SOUND:

ENGINE SPUTTERING. (The following dialogue can be used

as the men walk away, if needed.)

VIRGE:

I heard they brought in a swell

band for the dance tonight.

DANNY:

Clay, maybe they'll let you sing

with them.

CLAY:

No siree.

(CONTINUED)

6.

3 CONTINUED:

EUGENE:

You sing to us in the plane all

the time.

CLAY:

Yeah, but you guys ain't got no

taste.

4 OMITTED

&

5

5A EXT. BASE - DAY

The plane is coming in to land. It has two feathered

props and only the left front wheel is down. The wheel

touches the runway and the plane immediately tips to

the right. It pivots on its single wheel, scraping its

belly on the runway. The props on the right side bend

back, slowing the PLANE's spin. It starts to come to

a halt, but just as it looks like it's safe, it EXPLODES

in a sudden fiery blast.

5B EXT. CONTROL TOWER LAWN - DAY

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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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