TRAILER: Sully

Slate recaps:

Tom Hanks is in full voice-of-authority mode in the trailer for Sully, Clint Eastwood’s upcoming film about Capt. Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who successfully ditched US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River, saving everyone aboard. The landing, from the plane’s initial encounter with a flock of geese to touchdown, took only three minutes and ended with everyone alive, which leaves a lot of time for the film to fill—it looks like Eastwood will be filling it with the aftermath: Sullenberger’s post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and the subsequent Federal Aviation Administration investigation into the crash.

Here’s my first post on the crash as it was happening.

  • Christopher

    I have ZERO desire to see this movie.

    • Adam King

      But it shows a serious straight white man being a savior/hero! We haven’t seen nearly enough of those!

      • Gest2016

        Well, it actually WAS a serious straight white man being a savior / hero … it never occurred to me to racialize this movie. That’s the problem with bio-pics, you kinda have to stick to the bio. Maybe they can cast RuPaul as the pilot in the sequel.

        • Adam King

          But is it worth a movie? Really?

          • Roy Biv

            Yes.

            The trailer gave me goosebumps. It’ll likely deal with PTSD the same way American Sniper did.

    • Michael Rush

      What if it was a musical ?

      • Anastasia Beaverhousen

        The number,”The Geese Are Flying, but We Are Not!” Is a fabulous number but “Water, Water, Rescue Me” steals the show.

        • Megrim Twist

          I especially enjoyed the first act closer, “Wing Walkin'”

        • Gest2016

          “Old Man River (crash)” is my favorite, especially sung with Hanks’ deep baritone.

      • Christopher

        They should just turn it into a ride at Universal Studios.

    • Gee

      Bad enough CBS drags him out every time there is a story involving a plane

      • Snarkaholic

        Are you including The Terminal? (Because that really sucked, too.)

      • Gest2016

        Tom Hanks = the embodiment of “decency”

    • Robincho

      Thank you. To me, Sully is a wing of the Louvre…

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    I think it’s time for Tom Hanks to play a villain.

    • Todd Allis

      I can only imagine him as a villain I can’t help but love.

    • BobSF_94117

      The character wasn’t a particularly villainous villain, but when I first saw the photo above my first thought was Sgt. Schulz from Hogan’s Heroes.

    • Cuberly

      Have you seen Road to Perdition? I love that movie, Hanks is a dark dark character in it but of course you end up empathizing with him.

      • Joe in PA

        It wouldn’t be a ‘Tom Hanks” movie if you didn’t. 🙂

        • Cuberly

          True.

      • Good Shot Green

        I need to see that again ’cause apparently the hottest of the jocks in Everybody Wants Some was the kid in it.

        Tyler Hoechlin as McReynolds:

        https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/ba/51/c4/ba51c48a2b3eaff023f3df8d8f1c7d62.jpg

        • Christopher

          He’s our new TV Superman for Supergirl.

          • TuuxKabin

            They’re so damned funny. Thanks for the chuckle.

          • Christopher

            Love these guys!

            Could play with them all day!

          • TuuxKabin

            I’ve been adding them to emails to friends, they do a good job of expressing an emotion, or just plain fun and silliness. Even my husband smiles at them in a kind of ‘whatever, if you like it, fine’ way.

        • Cuberly

          Yeah, he grew up nice and purdy. Very purdy.

  • JT

    Does it have him sing the praises of monogamy and then get found out cruising for riding unprotected?

  • bkmn

    O/T – I took a drive down to Portland today. About halfway from Olympia started seeing lots of large Rump signs along the interstate. The frequency dropped going in to Vancouver, WA and was low in Portland but the areas outstate have plenty of them. We can’t rest until Nov. 9th.

    • Silver Badger

      Or even then. While we’ve won some significant battles, the war is far from won.

      • AtticusP

        Even when Drumpf is defeated, there are still millions of his asshole supporters out there that we will have to continue to deal with.

        And they are not going away any time soon.

        • oikos

          They’ll be distracted by Hillary coming to get their guns.

    • Blake J Butler

      I live in Arkansas and apparently the signs and bumperstickers are selling like crazy, but I have yet to see any yard signs for Trump, and have only seen one Trump bumper sticker.

      I saw a sad withering Carson sign, and a Cruz yard sign but that was during the primary. Which is strange because even now with him locking up the nomination, there should still be signs and stickers everywhere for him here if they are selling like crazy and I still have yet to see but one bumper sticker and have yet to see a yard sign.

      • bkmn

        I would not believe any stats cited by the campaign of Hair Furor.

      • Tacoma; I saw my first Drumph bumper sticker today on the way to pick up groceries, and one yard sign that I see on the commute from work near Fredrickson.

      • Jafafa Hots

        I’m in suburban NY state. Trump signs abound.

        • Blake J Butler

          Strange though, i’m right in the middle of what is prime territory for a candidate like Trump, and i’ve only seen one bumper sticker, and no yard signs for him.

          Supposedly according to a story a Little Rock new channel did, the signs were being sold well allover the state, my area including the uptick in Trump yard sign sales, but i’ve been all over town, and i can’t even find one.

  • Disqusdmnj

    I didn’t realise there was any issue with an engine *not* being out. Is this a dramatization movie, or is it actually factual?

  • Sam_Handwich

    no please

    kthxbai

  • Jeffrey

    Meh. It was an amazing thing that happened and all that, but an entire movie about it? Nope.

    • TuuxKabin

      You took your winter Nanook of the North hat off? Or, are you another Jeffrey? Hi.

      • Jeffrey

        And I shaved my balls too, but decided against that as a profile pic.

        • TuuxKabin

          Whatever it takes to stay cool, I can get behind it, so to speak.

    • Christopher

      Precisely!

      It was bad enough that this story was on EVERY news channel ALL the fucking time when it happened! Not to mention the countless interviews with the pilot, and every fucking bystander that was near the Hudson!

      FFS! What. The. Actual. Fuck. could we possibly NOT know about this story that we need it dramatized for our entertainment? Besides it more or less JUST FUCKING HAPPENED! January 15, 2009 A decade hasn’t even past!

    • DoctorDJ

      Yes, seems like a stretch.
      (But can’t be as bad as The Hobbit, can it?)

  • safari

    I’ll save everyone time. Here’s a reconstruction of the flight with air traffic control recordings overlayed.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tE_5eiYn0D0

    • Adam King

      Warning: spoilers.

    • BobSF_94117

      But, but, there’s no love-interest.

      • Todd

        Jack, I’m flying! Oh wait…nevermind.

      • Joe in PA

        dang it, I tried to find the Airport movie sequence where the stewardess is trying to ‘blow up’ the co-pilot. Ahem. You get my drift. 🙂

      • William

        The co-pilot in the actual event was quite hunkadelic.

    • Guest

      Very cool.

  • Adam King

    When I saw the title I thought, “What?! They made a biopic about Andrew Sullivan? What the flying fuck would they do that for? Who the hell would want to see it?”

  • Bad Tom

    I went to see Charlie Victor Romeo, as a live play, so I’ll probably go see this.
    ——-
    The last scenario in CVR was United Airlines Flight 232. After the play, there was a question and answer period. The cast asked the audience if anyone in the theater had been on that flight. About a dozen people raised their hands.

    • TuuxKabin

      Saw that too, on the Lower East Side. That small theatre company does quite a few ‘re-enactment’ performances, rather well.

    • Guffey

      I saw the movie made from that (on Netflix) – it was one of the best movies I’ve ever seen!. It was probably just a film of the play, as there were nothing but a “cockpit” and some doors, but it was riveting.

      • Bad Tom

        I haven’t seen the film, but the trailer looks just like the play I saw. It was terrific and tragic theater.

    • Good Shot Green

      I saw the movie version on Netflix. Yikes. I can’t imagine seeing it live.

      • Bad Tom

        Can you imagine being on UA 232?

        Before Captain Haynes and instructor Captain Fitch landed that DC-10, it was considered impossible to successfully control and land an aircraft that had lost all primary and secondary hydraulics.

        The DC-10 was designed so that losing all three hydraulic systems was supposed to be impossible. But that assessment relied on their being a component that must never fail, a titanium compressor hub in the rear engine.

        X-ray inspections were supposed to prevent the possibility of failure. But it turned out that certain kinds of cracks could evade the inspection. And when such a hub fails, it causes the engine it is in to explode, riddling the area nearby with high velocity shrapnel.

        This “impossible” failure destroyed the three control systems, and very nearly killed everyone on board.

  • oikos

    3 Minutes packed into a short 2.5 hour film.

    • Sam_Handwich

      meet me in the back row

      • Rocketeer500

        The seat next to me is available 😉

    • Dramphooey

      I don’t get how you can stretch this to ninety minutes. I guess it will be similar to last year’s infamous bomb about a riot and the riot took about one per cent of the film.

    • Blobby

      aren’t you being generous.

  • popebuck1

    Cool, it’ll be just like how the Kentucky Derby lasts only two minutes, but NBC’s coverage lasts four hours.

    • Dramphooey

      If the Sochi Quisling appears in this movie with a stupid hat count me out.

      • Traxley Launderette

        Haven’t seen much of Johnny lately, have we.

        • Dramphooey

          Yes, and that’s a good thing. But I love the Kentucky Derby. I watched it every year with my mother before she passed. Now they’ve got this horse’s ass there every year as if the asses of the horses themselves weren’t enough.

  • AtticusP

    When Mitch McConnell dies, which of the Ninja Turtles do you suppose they’ll pick to play him in the biopic?

    • Megrim Twist

      I think they’ll try to do it on a budget and just cast a microwaved Peep.

  • Eric Lewis

    From the man who brought you “Talking to a chair at the GOP convention”

    • DaddyRay

      Yeah seeing Clint directed it was a turn off for me

      • Romero

        It’s a shame too! I never had anything against Tom Hanks but this is not something I intend to see.

        • Roy Biv

          Because of Sully or Eastwood?

          Your bias against Eastwood or anyone because of politics is going to make you miss out on what could be a really good movie.

      • Good Shot Green

        Clint Eastwood is a masterful director who’s made enough great movies to have earned the benefit of the doubt with whatever he puts out.

        I’ll be seeing this.

        • MonochromeMouse

          as much as i hate the man, i have to agree he is a talented director, the good thing about the internet is you can enjoy a movie directed by a jackass and not have to pay them a cent to see it

        • DaddyRay

          Just pretend that empty chair next to you in the movie theater belongs to Clint

        • hiker_sf

          He’s also made a lot of crappy movies. And Million Dollar Baby was a piece of crap.

      • Roy Biv

        Your prejudice against Clint’s political leanings is distracting you from his real and very good skill at making really good, heartfelt and sometimes depressing films.

        Million Dollar Baby. Mystic River. Grand Torino. — All very good in spite of his talking chair act.

    • Robincho

      The San Francisco Chronicle rates movies using The Little Man™ system, with the worst of them showing The Little Man not even in his chair at all…

    • Roy Biv

      Also from the man who brought Million Dollar Baby with Hillary Swank, Mystic River with Sean Penn…

  • Six Pins Delores

    Gawdless Capt. Chesley Sullenberger and the 155 lives he saved with his bravery. Despite all of his money, Clint Eastwood talks to empty chairs

  • oikos
    • Joe in PA

      Thanks, I needed a good laugh. It does my heart good to see baby Shapiro butt hurt. (and pathetically trying to be snarky). LOL!

    • Joe in PA

      I hope JMG posts this.

    • Good Shot Green

      RWNJs upset by Pentagon acceptance of trans people

      Next verse, same as the first.

  • JulieBL

    Ahem. This isn’t going to be a popular sentiment, but whatever.

    My right-wing (86 y.o.) dad is a former AF pilot, and I bought him the book for his birthday (or Christmas, or Fathers’ Day) a while back. I read it as well – it was your usual easy read, light and entertaining, all about Sully.

    However, I put the book down with a tremendous amount of respect for the guy. I probably won’t see the movie, but I’m glad they made it (even if it is a Clint E production). The Captain is an American hero, in the best sense of the word.

    • Joe in PA

      thanks for the comment Julie. Do NOT worry about ‘popular’ here. Write what you feel.

    • Guest

      Clint Eastwood may be an asshole in the political sense, but he is a great director. I think this looks good, this from an admitted plane geek. If anyone can make the story work on film, it’s Eastwood. Just look at what he did on film for one of the worst books ever written.

      • TuuxKabin

        The bible?

        • oikos

          LOL

        • Guest

          Did that have a covered bridge in it too?

          • TuuxKabin

            Sure, complete with trolls hanging out beneath it.

    • HanyBaal

      Sully landed that airplane with great skill, in sharp contrast how Bush lead the country. IIRC this happened at the end of Bush’s presidency and in my mind it highlighted how an expert behaves in a dire situation.

  • James

    Great story. Looks like a boring movie.

    • Good Shot Green

      Doubtful that a movie about a pilot can be better than Flight.

  • Tempus Fuggit

    Sorry, I’m having trouble figuring out what this has to do with LGBT news, politics, or…um…anything. Is there a reason why JMG readers are supposed to care about this?

    • Six Pins Delores

      It is because we are flying monkeys

      🙂

    • Joe in PA

      I think it is because there is a New York connection (Joe lives in Manhattan)

    • Ross

      This is Joe’s blog.

      He can post any damn thing he wants.

      If he wants to do a post about lichen that is fine with me. Because Joe isn’t forcing me to read every post.

      Or comment.

      • Tempus Fuggit

        Naw shit…rilly?

        • Tigernan Quinn

          You’re the one having trouble understanding why someone’s personal blog doesn’t fulfill YOUR news needs. Take your attitude on the road, doll.

          • Tempus Fuggit

            Er…no. I have no trouble at all with the notion that this is Joe’s blog and he gets to post whate’er he will in it. Nor do I demand that Joes blog, uh, “fulfill MY news needs”. That’s something you seem to have read into my comment, that isn’t actually there. Your apparent reading comprehension deficit and your eagerness to hand over such a lot of power to get you all peeved off are regrettable, but they’re your problem, sir or madam, not mine.

            That said, this isn’t really Joe’s “personal blog”. It’s his livelihood, his bread ‘n’ butter, at least in part. He makes money by dint of readers clicking. He asks that we vote for this blog in best-of-whatever award contests.

          • Good Shot Green

            When Joe posts something I don’t care about, I skip it (for example, articles about the 2008 Republican VP candidate or that Pat Robertson ghoul or any random hater).

          • Tempus Fuggit

            Generally so do I. But as Joe goads us to vote for this entirely commercial blog in best-of-blogs contests because it provides (at least in part) his livelihood, I don’t feel any qualm about squawking when it doesn’t merit that description.

      • William

        If Joe wants to do a post about Swedish lumberjacks, fine by me.

        • Tempus Fuggit

          Yes, let’s have that!

          • johncAtl

            Only if there are pictures. Lots of pictures.

          • Tempus Fuggit

            Anything other than pictures would get in the way of the pictures.

    • Corsair Tact

      Among all those other topics, this is also a blog about NYC.

  • Blobby

    Matt Damon on ’30 Rock’ had a great take on Sully:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQgtJF2byqI

  • Statistics Palin

    God damned panty-waisted liberal media won’t mention the real problem! Terrorist Geese!

    • DaddyRay

      Radical Islamic Geese – why won’t President Obama just say those 3 words

      • Statistics Palin

        Trump will make pâté out of them!

        • Robincho

          But unlike you, he won’t spell it correctly…

          • Statistics Palin

            What can I say? I have OCPD. It was beaten into me by my Southern Baptist Sunday School teacher father from the age of 4.

  • ISTlife

    I just got chills hearing the “brace, brace, brace” because I work as Cabin Crew and just leaving for a week at work.

    The “what?” and dude working a cell phone as they’re going down make me want to smack some sense into people. We still do old fashioned safety demonstrations by hand, which no one watches. You try briefing people on how to open window exits (required by law in some countries) and people don’t want to give you 30 seconds of their attention from their cell phones, or them refusing to take their earphones off to do it.

    Sully is a hero to me, but not just for executing something that many pilots I’ve met say can’t be easily done. (“kiss your ass goodbye in a ditching”) Chesley Sullenberger has been a strong voice in lobbying for better regulations for adequate rest for Pilots for several years now. Fatigue is a killer, but the airlines don’t want you to know that your pilot may work up to 17 or more hours in a day, followed by as little as 8 hours rest between shifts. Some of those shifts include late starts and then switching over to early ones with no days off in between. Colgan Air, Flydubai crashes… the list goes on. I’ve seen pilots go as high as 18 hours in my career.

    Most pilots are either too afraid to speak up for fear of losing their jobs, or are bullied into working by the company they work for. How do I know? Because I work for one of them.

    I’ll see this movie. It appears that some of it will be background information that delves into the airline trying to pin blame on the Captain, questioning his abilities and trying to throw him to the wolves.

    • Beto

      Totally true. I’m an AvGeek and spotter and I heard horror stories of pilots doing overwork. Sully is my hero. Respect to this guy. A perfect ditching is one in a million

    • TuuxKabin

      Had an emergency landing, pre-cell phones, passengers were dead serious, calm and orderly. I owe it to the crew. My hat goes off to you and all flight crews that are responsible for the safety and lives of some many.

  • They should show this as the in-flight movie out of JFK.

    • TuuxKabin

      Ha! A niece just flew out of JFK back to SFO, I sent this to her, asking if it was the inflight movie. Her flight just landed, I was tracking it.

    • Vista-Cruiser

      That was one of the best parts of the movie “Airplane”. The in-flight movie featured a fiery airplane crash.

      • coram nobis

        Shirley, you’re not serious.

  • Lakeview Bob

    The best thing is Burt Hummel is in this movie! Kurt Hummel’s dad.

  • Tigernan Quinn

    How can these kinds of roles be appealing to an actor?

    • Megrim Twist

      $$$$$$$$$

  • TampaDink

    I love Tom Hanks….but I have trouble supporting anything involving Eastwood since he talked to an empty chair.

    • safari

      Copied from elsewhere

      • TampaDink

        Love it! I think that Chairy might’ve told him to fuck himself.

        • coram nobis

          “All you did was sit on me and take me for granted … boo hoo hoo .. you never danced with me like Fred Astaire did …”

  • WIGuy

    No, Just NO!!

  • Traxley Launderette

    Um.. isn’t this like the one where he saves the ship from the brown pirates?

    Dude. Get some new people

  • DesertSun59

    One of the most important parts of this real life event is that Capt. Sully never ONCE invoked Jesus or God as the reason behind his consummate skill.

    NOT.

    ONCE.

    • DoctorDJ

      Sully had a REAL copilot!

    • Edmund Allin

      And here I thought no atheists in the foxhole?

  • johncAtl

    I’ll see any movie that Tom Hanks is in. And Sullenberger was the kind of pilot that needed to be in the cockpit that day. He was calm and in control the entire time. But a lot of credit for how that plan landed in the water is due to the technology of the Airbus A320. Sullenberger made the right decision to turn the plane so that the Hudson was in its path. It’ll be interesting to see if the movie takes into account the role the technology of the plane played in such a successful outcome.

    • Edmund Allin

      Not made by Boeing, so unlikely.

  • Jafafa Hots

    How do you turn a 15-minute-long event into a 90 minute movie?

    • coram nobis

      15 minutes into a 90-minute movie? Flashbacks to a younger life narrative … a romantic subplot … a secondary narrative in the Situation Room or maybe backstage on 42nd Street … a musical number … something involving orcs or horcruxes … Rosebud … that should fill in at least some of the 90 minutes.

  • Max_1

    Fuck the bull shit distraction of, “You could have done better…”
    Fact is, he’s a hero.

  • finkles2000

    I mean, yeah, he’s a hero, but a whole movie? I don’t know about this.

  • Edmund Allin

    I can’t remember… why did the original post have the tags air travel, NYC – and celibacy?

  • SilasMarner

    I will watch this when it comes out on video. Liberties will be taken with the facts but there will most likely be enough real facts to make this watchable. Despite his protests, Sully is and always will be a hero in my eyes. I wish him a happy and long life.