The Spirit of St. Louis
The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)

James Stewart plays transatlantic pilot hero Charles Lindbergh.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 20, 1957
DVD Release Date: August 15, 2006
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Spirit is a James Stewart one-man show.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

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.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

It's quite engrossing, with the period trappings lovingly presented.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

Lindbergh's biggest dilemma on the flight was trying to stay awake. To a large extent, it's ours, too.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The adventure of the historical making flight was captured, but not its spirit.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Fascinating, albeit tedious, telling of the Lindbergh flight.

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The acting was a little goofy at points, but it sure was fun to look at.
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A gripping biopic about Charles Lindbergh's record-breaking non-stop transatlantic flight of 1927. Billy Wilder does not immediately spring to mind as the… More
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Billy Wilder's only Bio-Pic and directing of Jimmy Stewart is a nice change of pace. It's not his greatest film,but it is his best looking color… More