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Spirit of St Louis [VHS]

4.7 out of 5 stars 245 customer reviews

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  • Actors: James Stewart, Murray Hamilton, Patricia Smith, Bartlett Robinson, Marc Connelly
  • Directors: Billy Wilder
  • Writers: Billy Wilder, Charles A. Lindbergh, Charles Lederer, Wendell Mayes
  • Producers: Leland Hayward
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: October 14, 1997
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304359675
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,909 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By A Customer on January 31, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
When I read about the passing away of "The Great Billy Wilder" last year, I was deeply saddened and as soon as I went home I watched one of his finest films THE SPIRIT OF ST.LOUIS. It reminded me of the first time I watched this film several years ago and how impressed I was with everything about the film. I became an immediate fan of Billy Wilder and over the years I've watched all his classic and not so classic films. I'm happy to say even his not so classic films were better than some of the "so called classic films" that idiotic critics love to praise. He was adept at Suspense, Drama and Comedy. Tell me who else past or present can boast of such versatile talent.
I think all young people should be made to see this stunning film not only for inspiration but about learning to believe in themselves to achieve their fondest dreams. Billy Wilder was the greatest film director of his time and I wish all students of Film and Drama and all movie lovers get to see and enjoy this beautiful film. I promise you it will remain in your mind for a long long time.
Billy Wilder loved to entertain the masses and he truly had the midas touch in eliciting the finest performances from his Actors, if you don't believe me just see his films and judge for yourself.
Long live Billy Wilder the "Emperor of Film Directors" through the medium of films.
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Jimmy Stewart stars as the "Lone Eagle" Charles Lindbergh in Billy Wilder's film "The Spirit of St. Louis". This was a film Stewart wanted to make for years; but was repeatedly turned down. James Dean was even considered for the role. Despite the fact that Stewart was already in this 40's (Lindbergh was 25 at the time), Stewart's persistence paid off and Warner Bros. Studios finally relented and let him star as one of American's greatest aviators. The life of Charles A. Lindbergh is told in a series of memorable flashbacks as he makes his trans-atlantic flight. His life experiences and the people he met along the way are vividly recounted.

On May 20, 1927, at approximately 7:52 in the morning, Charles Lindbergh took off in the "Spirit of St Louis" from Roosevelt Field, Long Island. A crowd of more than 500 must have thought they had witnessed a miracle as the "Spirit of St. Louis" barely managed to clear the telephone wires at the field's edge in terrible weather conditions. Thirty-three and one half-hours and 3,500 miles later Lindbergh landed in Paris, the first to fly the Atlantic alone. Many great aviators of the time had tried and failed -- some even lost their lives in this attempt. Along the way, Lindbergh is forced to conquer his fears, snow, sleet and a lack of sleep to rediscover his faith. On the evening of May 21, at 10:22, "The Spirit of St. Louis" touched down at Le Bourget Field. A crowd of more than 100,000 people were there to greet American's Lone Eagle. His feat electrified a nation and inspired an interest in aviation. Unfortunately, this film flopped at the box office; but as the years have passed, this film has gained in respect and is now recognized as one of Stewart's greatest film accomplishments. Enjoy!
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When I saw this in its first run, I didn't know it was a box office flop. It was anything but that with me. It was the most inspiring film of my youth ! I can't think of any other film that caused me to DO something about my young life. I procured copies of the original engineering drawings of the plane and made a detailed working scale model. Subsequently I chose engineering as a profession.

After seeing the film I read both "We" and the "Spirit of St. Louis." The movie is surprisingly close to the latter.

I am glad we have a Cinemascope Dolby 5.1 version of this personal classic. I don't know WHY this film flopped in 1957, but I think Stewart's age had less to do with it than others are saying. Had it been made 10 years earlier, it would not have been Cinemascope, the sound would have suffered, and Billy Wilder might not have directed. I wouldn't want to give those things up to have Stewart be the "right" age.

It's a great film played by an actor passionate about the part and it tells a great story. ....another case where the ticket-buying-public didn't get it right.
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Along with 'Avanti' and 'The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes', one of my favorite films from legendary Director Billy Wilder.

On the surface recounts the famous 1927 flight of Charles Lindbergh - the first successful TransAtlantic crossing via airplane; fulfilling the dream of quickly bridging Europe to The Americas and vastly expanding global commerce and communication. The same dream that had killed or seriously injured more than a dozen courageous pilots prior to Lindy's successful attempt.

But this movie is so much more than a docudrama, it's a film that defines understated heroism - the heart of adventure without the sappy sentimental tropes of so many productions. Simultaneously showcasing the impact one person can produce when they have a singular focus and belief. That, coupled with exquisitely rich Technicolor cinematography, captures the compelling story of Lindbergh's death-defying journey over the open ocean.

Suspect younger audiences, even if they were to screen the film, will never fully appreciate the sheer terror that these early aviators faced. There was no rescue plan, no back-up, no hope of being saved. In volunteering to undertake this challenge - death was the end result for many. What happened to Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli, competitors of Lindbergh who are mentioned in the film, has never been solved. The team along with their plane, The White Bird, was never found and is considered one of aviation's longest unanswered mysteries.

Outside of our armed forces, you just don't see that kind of bravery anymore.
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