Synopsis: As a boy, Louis "Louie" Zamperini is always in trouble, but with the help of his older brother, he turns his life around and channels his energy into running, later qualifying for the 1936 Olympics. When World War II breaks out, Louie enlists in the military. After his plane crashes in the Pacific, he survives an incredible 47 days adrift in a raft, until his capture by the Japanese navy. Sent to a POW camp, Louie becomes the favorite target of a particularly cruel prison commander.
Production: Universal Pictures
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 29 nominations.
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137 min

antiaircraft battery, Lou's second and third target. He

lines them up and watches the bombs crunch into the buildings

and battery.


(quietly to himself)

There you are...

Louie takes a deep breath and takes aim. He fires. The bomb

falls clear and Lou turns the valve to close the bomb bay



Bombs away. Bombardier to pilot,

your ship.


Pilot to bombardier, roger.


Outside there is a pulse of white light and an orb of fire:

Lou made a perfect drop… the shack was a fuel depot which

further destroys the island's phosphate.


Just like Christmas.



Superman turns toward home. Planes behind begin to follow




Louie watches as a vast cloud of smoke billows upward.

When the smoke clears-- A Zero is flying aggressively right

towards the Superman. Right toward Louie.

Mitchell (above Louie) begins to fire. The Zero fires back.

Louie reacts as bullets pierce the bombardier’s bubble. He

tenses, not sure which way to lean, in the completely exposed

space. Mitchell’s bullets hit the Zero.

Louie grabs a photo taped to the now-broken glass and jams

it in his pocket. (We will later know the importance of this

picture) He grumbles as he starts crawling out of the belly:

Louie crawls out from his position into the center of the


Mac is firing at two Zeros.

Harry is firing at another.

Stanley is firing at a couple more.

Suddenly- CRACK. A bullet hole opens in the bubble just

behind his head. He turns.

A Zero is on his other side bearing in on him at 45 degrees,

guns firing.

Much firing, inside and out. Bullets chink through the metal

of the plane.

Stanley keeps firing.

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Joel Coen was born on November 29, 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Joel Daniel Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for No Country for Old Men (2007), The Big Lebowski (1998) and Fargo (1996). He has been married to Frances McDormand since April 1, 1984. They have one child. more…

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