Running time: 96 minutes

Director: Clint Eastwood

Cast: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney

Synopsis: On Thursday, January 15th, 2009 the world witnessed the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ when Captain Chesley Sullenberger, nicknamed ‘Sulley’, glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard.  However, even as Sulley was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened  to destroy his reputation and his career.


Showing in 2D

Veteran director Clint Eastwood casts Tom Hanks as Captain Sullenberger in this amazing true-life story of a modern American hero.

On 15 January 2009, Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger became a national hero when the world witnessed him pilot US Airways Flight 1549 onto the waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being championed for his bravery and skill, a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy both his reputation and his career.

Aaron Eckhart [Bleed for This (2016), Olympus Has Fallen (2013),The Dark Knight (2008)] as Sully’s co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, and Laura Linney [Nocturnal Animals (2016),The Savages (2007), Jindabyne (2006), Showtime’s The Big C (2010 -2013)] as Sully’s wife, Lorraine Sullenberger both give excellent support.

With a screenplay by Todd Komarnicki, based on the book Highest Duty by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow, Sully tells the untold story of the tensions of the adversarial investigation by the NTSB, with Sully and Skiles’ long spotless careers and professional reputations in the balance.

The film reunites Eastwood with several of his long time collaborators, who most recently worked with the director on the worldwide hit American Sniper (2014): director of photography Tom Stern; production designer James J. Murakami;  costume designer Deborah Hopper and editor Blu Murray.  The music is by Christian Jacob and The Tierney Sutton Band

Though not a choice for inflight screenings, Sully is solid entertainment in a safe pair of hands.  Director Eastwood delivers with assured efficiency and Hanks is his usual likeable, quiet and dignified hero as the eponymous Sully

In a nice touch the end credit sequences show the real Sully and wife, Lorraine, plus comments from passengers and crew of the flight

Images courtesy of Warner Bros