This retelling of one of Charles Lindbergh's most famous feats stars Jimmy Stewart as the legendary flier, and was directed by Billy Wilder. The story, adapted from Lindbergh's autobiography, begins when the aviator is working as an airmail pilot, but has much loftier goals in mind for himself. He begins to envision a nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic - something that no one has ever done before - and finds a group in St. Louis, Missouri willing to provide the necessary financial backing; he then has a special plane built in honor of the funders. Later, as Lindbergh sits in his cockpit, waiting to take off, he thinks back over his days as a circus flier, stunt flier and aimail pilot. The journey itself presents a series of hazards, but Lindbergh perseveres, using the stars for navigation when his compass disappears and overcoming other obstacles such as ice on the wings. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
The last half of this movie may put many people to sleep. Try to stay awake, however and imagine yourself in the pilot's seat! The movie is pretty intense, overall. I don't care that James Stewart was much older than Lindberg. Since I wasn't around for the original flight, I wouldn't notice the difference, anyway.
This story was full of passion, humor, drama and adventure. Truly it was a great movie, and we were all drawn into the story. It is definitely family fare, and you may want to read the actual account of Lindberg's flight after seeing this movie.
While this movie does slow down a bit in the middle, overall the film is very enjoyable. A lot has been made of Stewart's age in the film as opposed to Lindberg's real age in 1927, but it is not very apparent until the end of the film. Movie makeup does wonders. Overall, well acted, well made, entertaining, and definitely worth watching!