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Starring: Jonathan Majors, Glen Powell, Christina Jackson, Thomas Sadoski, Joe Jonas, Serinda Swan
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Action war drama directed by J. D. Dillard. Based on a true story, Devotion (2022) centers on two elite US Navy fighter pilots, Jesse Brown and Tom Hudner (Jonathan Majors and Glen Powell), during the Korean War, who due to their heroic sacrifices and heroism would earn the recognition of some of the Navy’s most celebrated wingmen.
Our Favorite Quotes:'The real battle in all of life is being someone that people can count on. And that isn't defined in a single moment. You earn that with a lifetime of showing up.' - Dick Cevoli (Devotion) Click To Tweet
Tom Hudner: Lieutenant Tom Hudner.
Jesse Brown: Jesse Brown.
Tom Hudner: It’s good to meet you.
Jesse Brown: You fly in The Big Show?
Tom Hudner: I did not.
Jesse Brown: Then you’ll fit right in.
Bill Koenig: Gents, this is Tom Hudner. We were in Pensacola together. Hell of a stick.
Marty Goode: Hell of a pretty face too.
Bo Lavery: Almost too pretty.
Tom Hudner: You boys sound lonely.
Dick Cevoli: Fellas, you’re not just here to fly and screw. Because they’re not sitting idle. But with practice, there is not a pilot on this planet who can wipe the a** of a United States naval aviator, and I truly believe that.
Jesse Brown: [over radio] We’re taking a slight detour on the way home. Try to keep up.
Tom Hudner: Say again?
Jesse Brown: Helps to know the plane. You can’t learn everything from a book. Or at the Academy.
Tom Hudner: Well, there’s knowing the plane, and then there’s flat-hatting.
Jesse Brown: [to Tom] What are you going to find out about your wingman cruising at ten thousand feet, Lieutenant? Put him in a little bit of trouble. Who knows, you might get a peek at who he really is.
Bo Lavery: Wait, you ain’t married, are you?
Tom Hudner: No. I’ll start with the Navy, figure out the rest later.
Bo Lavery: Smart man.
'Teamwork, coordination, cooperation, call it what you will, gives the fighter its greatest value.' (Devotion) Click To Tweet
Tom Hudner: You know, I suppose we were born a few years too late.
Bo Lavery: Or too early. The whole world’s looking different. Hell, did you ever think that you’d be in a squadron with a colored aviator?
Dick Cevoli: Now, this is a plane that will get your hands dirty. You’re going to be so close to the action, you’re going to start to think that you made the mistake of joining the Army.
Bill Koenig: And I got to mention, she’s got a rather unfortunate nickname. The Widow-maker.
Marty Goode: Good thing I ain’t hitched.
Bill Koenig: Well, they also call her the Ensign Eliminator.
Tom Hudner: I was supposed to take over my old man’s grocery stores. But I was called to adventure. What about you? What brought you here?
Jesse Brown: Always wanted to fly. Wanted to fly where the best pilots flew. That’d be the Navy.
Carol Mohring: You know what’s not in the manual? How big this damn nose is. How the hell are you supposed to land on a carrier if you can’t see it?
Jesse Brown: Not everything’s in the same place, Carol, but everything’s the same. Just in different places.
Narrator: [over radio] The keynote of fighter tactics in the United States Navy today is teamwork. Teamwork, coordination, cooperation, call it what you will, gives the fighter its greatest value in escorting bombers and torpedo planes on their missions. In enabling fighters to protect other fighters, in winning engagements that may mean the losing, or the saving of a carrier.
'You have to fight them with your head, using your judgment, your skill in plane-handling, and your superior gunnery to turn the odds in your favor. It's a matter of life insurance to make every split-second count.' (Devotion) Click To Tweet
Narrator: [over radio] You have to fight them with your head, using your judgment, your skill in plane-handling, and your superior gunnery to turn the odds in your favor. It’s a matter of life insurance to make every split-second count.
Dick Cevoli: You remember when I told you to get up to speed, and fast? I meant speedier and faster.
Dick Cevoli: You can’t land a Corsair on the Leyte, you get yourself a nice dry-land job in Topeka, or some place even s**ttier, God help you. Either way, start settling up your bar tab, boys. We are leaving Rhode Island.
Jesse Brown: Just because I’m going doesn’t mean I’m fighting, Daisy. That’s the deal, darling. Remember? We knew this day might come.
Daisy Brown: And yet it doesn’t make it any easier. But we’ll be okay. Mad, but okay.
'It's good to know the men you're flying with. See what they're fighting for.' - Tom Hudner (Devotion) Click To Tweet
Daisy Brown: You never met a plane you couldn’t land, Jesse.
Jesse Brown: This plane will be the death of me.
Daisy Brown: [to Jesse] Your instincts are one of the few things in this world that I trust. And if you can’t trust that plane, you got to put it in whatever will get you down safe.
Jesse Brown: [to himself] You ain’t s**t. You ain’t never land in that plane.
Dick Cevoli: Top marks go to Lieutenant Hudner with the only perfect grade. Which brings us to Ensign Brown.
Marty Goode: D-N-K-U-A!
All: Damn near killed us all.
Tom Hudner: Your husband’s quite the aviator.
Daisy Brown: Well, he must feel the same way about you. Because you and Carol Mohring are the only boys from Fighting 32 that he has ever invited over.
'Just because you think you know better doesn't mean you have to say anything.' - Jesse Brown (Devotion) Click To Tweet
Tom Hudner: It’s good to know the men you’re flying with. See what they’re fighting for.
Daisy Brown: I like that. And what about you, Tom? What are you fighting for? God, country, and honor aside.
Tom Hudner: You know, Mrs. Brown, I’m hoping to find that out.
Daisy Brown: [referring to Jesse] Don’t be fooled by his strong, silent act, by the way. He trusts you, I swear, he’s the funniest man you’ll ever know.
Tom Hudner: I can’t say he’s shown me that side yet. Something to look forward to.
Daisy Brown: Well, you’re about to spend a lot of time together.
Tom Hudner: Lot of time in very small spaces.
Daisy Brown: [to Tom, referring to Jesse] Second he steps on that ship and into that plane, I can’t protect him anymore. So I need you to be there for my Jesse.
Daisy Brown: Just be careful.
Jesse Brown: Worst thing that can happen to me is a bad sunburn.
Daisy Brown: You come back as black as you like, as long as you come home.
'I can't tell you how many times people have told me to give up, quit. Die even. That's why you can't always do what you're told. If I did, I wouldn't be here.' - Jesse Brown (Devotion) Click To Tweet
Daisy Brown: [to Jesse] You’re the only person I ever met belong in the sky. Just remember, you belong down here with us too. Okay?
Bill Koenig: I am getting tired of getting ready.
Marty Goode: I’m tired of living in this floating sardine can.
Bill Koenig: I’m tired of you smelling like one.
Bo Lavery: That’s what men smell like. Something to look forward to one day, Fritz.
Journalist: Your commanding officer called you one of the best pilots he’s ever seen, regardless of color.
Jesse Brown: That’s kind of him to say, but I can’t say I’m special.
Journalist: Well, it must be hard, right? It must be hard being the only…
Jesse Brown: A naval aviator? Absolutely. Landing planes on carriers, it’s the toughest job there is for anyone wearing wings.
'Most wars are forgotten. All the men who fought in them, and all the medals they won. Heroes and hardware fade to the back of the history books because it's not about war.' - Dick Cevoli (Devotion) Click To Tweet
Jesse Brown: I worked hard to fly these planes. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. Harder than I can put into words.
Dick Cevoli: [referring to Mohring] Some people are going to tell you that this is what you signed up for. It’s not. Let’s be real clear. We lost a friend. And that is not easy.
Tom Hudner: Mistakes get us killed, Jesse. You don’t die if you do what you’re told.
'My heart hasn't been to the earth since the first time you kissed me. And when you love me, you send it clear out of this world.' - Jesse Brown (Devotion) Click To Tweet
Tom Hudner: We’re not even at war, and we’re losing men. Good men. It’s just a tough pill to swallow when there’s nothing to blame.
Jesse Brown: I can’t tell you how many times people have told me to give up, quit. Die even. That’s why you can’t always do what you’re told. If I did, I wouldn’t be here.
Marty Goode: Let me tell you something. I’ve been in the Navy since I was sixteen. And our line of work is a dangerous one. One where tomorrow is never promised. Hell, tomorrow’s barely a gentleman’s agreement. So if there’s liberty to be had, then liberty we should take.
Tom Hudner: [referring to Jesse speaking French] Show off.
Jesse Brown: That was pretty good.
Tom Hudner: It’s good.
Tom Hudner: I just want to go home with this having meant something.
Jesse Brown: Well, you just keep it up with Miss Liz Taylor, and you just might.
Marty Goode: You know Frank Sinatra? He’s my third cousin. Yeah. I don’t sound like him, but I sure as hell look like him, right?
Jesse Brown: [referring to Buddy, who had been harassing him] I wish you hadn’t hit him.
Tom Hudner: You would’ve done the same for me. I’m not hunting for a thank you.
Jesse Brown: You were hunting for a fight though.
Tom Hudner: Defending my wingman.
Jesse Brown: I can fight my own fights. Been doing it for a long time now.
Tom Hudner: Jesse Brown. Squadron of one.
Dick Cevoli: The most important thing is this. We bring everyone home.
Dick Cevoli: This is just a friendly reminder, gentlemen. Don’t shoot or bomb anything on the Chinese side of the river, unless you want to be personally responsible for starting another world war. We’re flying directly into gunfire. I need everyone sharp. Be smart. Be ready.
Dick Cevoli: That feeling? That’s the mundanity of a job well done.
Dick Cevoli: You know how many wars there have been in the history of mankind? No, course not. Because most wars are forgotten. All the men who fought in them, and all the medals they won. Heroes and hardware fade to the back of the history books because it’s not about war.
Dick Cevoli: This war never ends, there’s no V Day, there’s no finish line. The real battle in all of life is being someone that people can count on. And that isn’t defined in a single moment. You earn that with a lifetime of showing up. These conflicts, they don’t define you, Tom. You don’t want them to. Trust me.
Dick Cevoli: What’s the most important thing?
Tom Hudner: Bring them home.
Dick Cevoli: You did.
Jesse Brown: Every hateful word anyone’s ever said to me. Wrote it down. Repeat it to myself. Been doing it since I was a boy. It helps.
Jesse Brown: [to Tom] There’s a way things work you’re not always going to understand. A slap on my wrist, it’s not the same as a slap on yours.
Tom Hudner: I’m sticking my neck out for you.
Jesse Brown: Sticking your neck out? With a piece of paper? Tom, that paper cost you nothing. Nothing! You know how tired I am of people trying to help me while looking down on me?
Tom Hudner: I’m not looking down on you.
Tom Hudner: What do you want me to do?
Jesse Brown: Just be my wingman, pal. That’s it. Forget the life saver, and get in the damn water! Please, Tom!
Dick Cevoli: Those boys are holding on by their fingernails.
Dick Cevoli: This is extremely hazardous duty. I am not going to sugarcoat it. Men need help, and they need what only we can give them. So, I’m going to take you there. We’re going to give them hell. We’re going to get those marines back.
Buddy Gill: [as they’re being shot at] You know any good prayers?
Peters: Come on, we’ve seen worse than this! If you want a prayer, “Dear God, send us some angels.”
Tom Hudner: [after Jesses is forced to crash-land] He’s stuck in there. That fire is going to eat him alive.
Tom Hudner: [over radio] I’m going to go get Jesse.
Bill Koenig: Tom, you’re going to get yourself killed.
Dick Cevoli: Don’t crash your own plane.
Jesse Brown: [after Tom crashes his plane to help Jesse] Tom! Just tell Daisy how much I love her.
Tom Hudner: We’re getting you out of here.
Dick Cevoli: [after Jesse’s death] We can’t get Jesse. The area is totally overrun. Search and rescue is too dangerous. Skipper has asked us to scuttle both planes. Hudner, Doc has grounded you. This is a funeral flight, men. This is your only chance to say goodbye.
Captain Sisson: Yesterday, we lost a great aviator. Ensign Jesse Brown. His loss is felt all across this ship, and will certainly be felt all across our nation. Our country needed Jesse Brown.
Tom Hudner: I was with Jesse before he died. He was calm throughout it all. I was with him to the very end. The last words out of his mouth were for you. He said, “Just tell Daisy how much I love her.”
Tom Hudner: I’m sorry I couldn’t save him.
Daisy Brown: Tom, that was never your job. Never anyone’s job to save Jesse. I asked you to be there for him. And you were.
Jesse Brown: from his letter to Daisy written the day before his crash] I’m going to close now and climb into the rack. I honestly dread going to bed, but I usually dream of you, so I’ll manage to make it until we’ll share our bed together again. Darling, pray that it’ll be soon. I have to fly tomorrow, but so far as that goes, my heart hasn’t been to the earth since the first time you kissed me. And when you love me, you send it clear out of this world. I’ll write you as soon as I can. I love you forever. Your devoted husband, lovingly and completely yours. Forever. Jesse.