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      Sully

      2016, Drama/Biography, 1h 36m

      348 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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      As comfortingly workmanlike as its protagonist, Sully makes solid use of typically superlative work from its star and director to deliver a quietly stirring tribute to an everyday hero. Read critic reviews

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      Tom Hanks as Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger in "Sully." Aaron Eckhart as Jeff Skiles in "Sully." Tom Hanks as Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger in "Sully." (L-R) Tom Hanks as Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and Aaron Eckhart as Jeff Skiles in "Sully." Tom Hanks as Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger in "Sully." Tom Hanks as Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger in "Sully." Tom Hanks as Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger in "Sully." Tom Hanks as Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger in "Sully." (L-R) Tom Hanks as Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and Aaron Eckhart as Jeff Skiles in "Sully." Tom Hanks as Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger in "Sully." Laura Linney as Lorraine Sullenberger in "Sully." (L-R) Aaron Eckhart as Jeff Skiles and Tom Hanks as Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger in "Sully." Laura Linney as Lorraine Sullenberger in "Sully." Aaron Eckhart as Jeff Skiles in "Sully." Aaron Eckhart as Jeff Skiles in "Sully." (L-R) Tom Hanks as Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and Aaron Eckhart as Jeff Skiles in "Sully." Tom Hanks as Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger in "Sully."

      Movie Info

      On Jan. 15, 2009, Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) tries to make an emergency landing in New York's Hudson River after US Airways Flight 1549 strikes a flock of geese. Miraculously, all of the 155 passengers and crew survive the harrowing ordeal, and Sullenberger becomes a national hero in the eyes of the public and the media. Despite the accolades, the famed pilot now faces an investigation that threatens to destroy his career and reputation.

      • Rating: PG-13 (Some Peril|Brief Strong Language)

      • Genre: Drama, Biography

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Clint Eastwood

      • Producer: Clint Eastwood, Frank Marshall, Allyn Stewart, Tim Moore

      • Writer: Todd Komarnicki

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $125.0M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

      • Production Co: IMAX Corporation, Malpaso Company, Village Roadshow Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures

      Cast & Crew

      Tom Hanks
      Aaron Eckhart
      Valerie Mahaffey
      Delphi Harrington
      Mike O'Malley
      Anna Gunn
      Ahmed Lucan
      Laura Linney
      Wayne Bastrup
      Jerry Ferrara
      Autumn Reeser
      Todd Komarnicki
      Tim Moore
      Steven Mnuchin
      Kipp Nelson
      Bruce Berman
      Tom Stern
      Blu Murray
      Christian Jacob
      James J. Murakami
      Kevin Ishioka
      Gary Fettis
      Deborah Hopper

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      • May 18, 2017

        Time and again, Clint Eastwood has wowed us on and off the screen with few duds. Since his departure from being in front of the camera a handful of years ago, Eastwood has given us great personal stories of every-day heroes. Sully, starring the illustrious Tom Hanks, focuses the story yet again on another greater-than-life human being, Chesley Sullenberger, the man who safely landed his airbus with all 155 alive and accounted for in the Hudson. With his dyed hair and nearly identical frame, Hanks puts in a practiced performance of the captain. I've only seen Sully (the person) on talk shows, and I vaguely remember the raucous surrounding the event back in 2009, but Hanks puts forth a performance that's almost as quiet and humble as the man he is portraying, which works. There's no need for an Oscar performance here, but if you're looking for the definition of actor in the dictionary, Hanks is as solid here as they come. Big props to Aaron Eckhart as his co-pilot giving us the necessary humor to offer some levity to the situation at just the right times. Sully excels with its well-executed flashbacks jumping back and forth from the present court room to the actual event. They seamlessly flow in the film and don't weigh anything down. The scenes in the plane are expertly done and the CGI, though perhaps a tad jumpy in the frame rate, works as needed. With films needing a villain, the closest we get to that is Mike O'malley's character, Charles Porter and the NTSB board, which I later read were made-up characters for the film but based on their real-life counterparts. Because this film made those people out to be more vindictive than they might have been, the names were changed to prevent anyone in the audience from actually feeling any hate toward a real person. While it deflates the balloon a little, Hollywood has become so fixed on making sure there is a negative to every positive, a hero always needs a villain. Lastly, the most unnecessary part of the film has to be Sully's family problems. Someone said it best that it felt like they started to pull on a thread of what appeared to be problems at home and then just dropped it. At only 90 minutes, we could have eliminated the 5 or so minutes it probably took up of airtime to keep our focus on the event itself. Eastwood works multiple angles from the incident on the Hudson and thankfully brings a real-life event to the silver screen. It has been done time and time again, but with Eastwood's deft touch and ability to get the audience to react emotionally, Sully is a must-watch to remember simple acts of heroism are around us in all forms of professions and people.

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      • Mar 30, 2017

        From Clint Eastwood comes Sully, the extraordinary true story of an airliner that made an emergence water landing on the Hudson River. They story follows Captain Chesley Sullenberger in the wake of his miraculous landing as he wrestles with whether or not he made the right decisions and faces a board of inquiry. Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, and Laura Linney lead the cast and deliver solid performances. And, Eastwood does a good job at making the dramatic scenes intense and exciting (particularly the crash/landing). But the script is rather thin and stretches to meet a 90 min. runtime; going so far as to replay the landing several times. Yet despite its script problems, Sully is a compelling story of heroism.

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      • Feb 04, 2017

        The story is structured quite oddly. With multiple depictions of the crash landing, one feels Eastwood was really stretching to turn a 30 minute melodrama into an unimpressive hour and a half film. Hanks and Eckhart are good in their roles, but the material is presented with all the clarity of a bird strike.

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      • Jan 08, 2017

        Although slow-paced, Eastwood delivers realistic and emotional developments within the film that captivates the audience

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