The Spirit of St. Louis
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

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"Spirit is a James Stewart one-man show."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Not one of Billy Wilder's best efforts -- still has some interest because of James Stewart's performance, which is very nearly a one-man show."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Stewart, who was nominated for five best actor Oscars -- his one win was for "The Philadelphia Story" (1940) -- turns in perhaps his most impressive feat."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
" the end, the long film becomes almost as tedious as the flight that inspired it."
‑ , Film4
"It's quite engrossing, with the period trappings lovingly presented."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Not one of Billy Wilder's strong features, this biopic of the ace flyer is too conventional, lacking the helmer's more characteristic humor, irony, cynicism."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Lindbergh's biggest dilemma on the flight was trying to stay awake. To a large extent, it's ours, too."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Loved it as a kid. Might not wear well now."
‑ John Urbancich, Sun Newspapers of Cleveland
"A haunting recollection of one of the thrilling events of our times has been handsomely staged by Mr. Wilder, and for that you should see the film."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The adventure of the historical making flight was captured, but not its spirit."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Fascinating, albeit tedious, telling of the Lindbergh flight."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Billy Wilder's movie isn't particularly daring in its telling, but as a piece of American -- and world -- history, The Spirit of St. Louis is something everyone should see."
‑ Christopher Null,
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