Sully A Movie Review

Sully – A Movie Review

In 2015 we saw Tom Hanks in the cold war movie Bridge of Spies.

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In 2016 he gives us another biography of recent history in his portrayal of “Sully.”

And later this month he brings back Professor Robert Langdon in the Dan Brown thriller “Inferno.”

At first I was hesitant to see this movie.  I mean, it just happened in recent history. We saw the story of the Miracle on the Hudson on all the news channels.  I knew all I needed to know.

Well, once again I was wrong.

Critics like Rotten Tomatoes gave it 82%.  I liked it better than that.

This movie tells the story of what happened on Thursday, January 15th, 2009. After a bird strike Captain Sully Sullenberger guides his disabled plane onto the very cold waters of the Hudson River.  All 155 lives were saved that day.

The movie incorporates the NTSB investigation with the events of that day and also the back story of Sully as a young man and also a pilot in the war.

Sully – A Movie Review

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: (L-R) Actor Aaron Eckhart, retired airline captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, director Clint Eastwood and actor Tom Hanks attend the "Sully" New York premiere at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on September 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 06: (L-R) Actor Aaron Eckhart, retired airline captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, director Clint Eastwood and actor Tom Hanks attend the “Sully” New York premiere at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on September 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

Directed by Clint Eastwood
Todd Komarnicki – screenplay
Based on the book “Highest Duty” by Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow

Tom Hanks as Captain Sully Sullenberger
Aaron Eckhart as co-pilot Jeff Skiles
Laura Linney as Lorraine Sullenberger
Vince Lombardi portrays himself as the Ferry Boat Captain

One of my favorite scenes is when the Air Traffic Controller (played by

Patch Darragh), who portrayed Patrick Harten, pleads with Sully to try and land the plane. Then, at one point, the plane goes off the radar. The ATC is devastated.  He knows that planes that land in water usually don’t have survivors.  He is visibly shaken and emotionally distraught.

Sully – A Movie Review

sullycockpitIMBD says Sully was rated PG-13 and runs 96 minutes.

If you didn’t know, Clint Eastwood is not only an actor and producer, but also a fine pianist and composer. For this film he wrote the theme:

Flying Home (Theme from ‘Sully’)
Written by Clint Eastwood, Tierney Sutton and J.B. Eckl
Performed by Tierney Sutton Band (as The Tierney Sutton Band)

This is an amazing movie.  I highly recommend it.


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