Ralph Novak
April 29, 1991 12:00 PM

>MEMPHIS BELLE

AS THE YOUNG PILOT of a World War II B-17 crew about to make its last bombing run, Matthew Modine evokes all the forced maturation processes of war. Among his crew, Eric Stoltz is especially good, and singer-pianist Harry Connick Jr., in a neo-Sinatra turn, does a gratuitous song as well as some decent acting as a tail gunner. The film, however, does little that wasn’t done far better—and with more immediate passion—by such World War II-era action films as Howard Hawks’s Air Force. (Warner)

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