Starring: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn, Autumn Reeser, Holt McCallany, Jamey Sheridan, Jerry Ferrara, Max Adler, Sam Huntington
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Bio-drama directed and co-produced by Clint Eastwood. Based on the true, Sully (2016) centers on Captain “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks), who on January 15, 2009, glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully 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.
Our Favorite Quotes:
Air Traffic Controller: Cactus 1549, cleared for takeoff.
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: Cactus 1549, cleared for takeoff.
Jeff Skiles: [Sully is hearing the voices on the plane that were screaming in terror] Sully. Sully. Sully. Sully!
Jeff Skiles: [as Sully snaps out of his trance like state] Sully, where are you?
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: I never get over how beautiful it is up here.
Jeff Skiles: Life’s easier in the air.
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: I guess it is.
[suddenly a flock of geese hit the plane which cripples both engines]
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: Mayday, mayday, mayday, this is Cactus 1549. Lost thrust on both engines, we are turning back towards the water.
Air Traffic Controller: I have an emergency. He lost both engines, returning immediately.
Air Traffic Controller: Hi, this is 1549, if we can get it for you, do you want to try to land runway 1-3.
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: We’re unable, we may end up in the Hudson.
Air Traffic Controller: Cactus 1549, it’s going to a lot of traffic runway 3-1.
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: Unable.
Air Traffic Controller: Okay, what do you need to land?
Air Traffic Controller: 1549, runway 4 is available.
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: I don’t think we can make any runway. What about over to our right?
Air Traffic Controller: Off to your right side is Teterboro Airport.
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: We’re going to end up in the Hudson.
Air Traffic Controller: I’m sorry, say again Cactus?
Air Traffic Controller: You can land runway Teterboro.
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: We can’t make it.
Air Traffic Controller: Okay, which runway would you like in Teterboro?
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: [to the passengers] This is the captain, brace for impact.
Passenger #1: What!
Passenger #2: Oh, my God!
Air Hostesses: Brace, brace, brace! Heads down, stay down!
Air Traffic Controller: I got an A320 diving for the river!
LT Cook: A pilot never stops acquiring knowledge. You’ll make mistakes, everyone does. Just learn from them.
Young Sully: Yes, sir.
LT Cook: And never forget, no matter what’s happening, to fly the airplane.
Charles Porter: Today we begin with our investigation on the crash on US Airways Flight 1549.
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: Water landing.
Charles Porter: Captain?
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: This was not a crash and it wasn’t a ditching.
Charles Porter: We knew what we were trying to execute here.
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: It was not a crash. It was a forced water landing.
'You can accomplish anything if you're never in a hurry.' - Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger (Sully) Click To Tweet
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: Everything is unprecedented until it happens for the first time.
Charles Porter: When was your last drink, Captain Sullenberger?
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: Nine days ago.
Charles Porter: Drugs?
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: No, never.
Charles Porter: First Officer Skiles?
Jeff Skiles: I don’t drink. Never have.
Charles Porter: Captain, have you had any troubles at home lately?
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: No more than anyone else. And nothing that affected my work.
Jeff Skiles: It’s bulls**t. Why are they looking for something we did wrong when it all turned out right?
Mike Cleary: It didn’t turn out alright for the airline and their insurance company.
Jeff Skiles: Come on, Mike. What are they going to say? That he shouldn’t have saved everybody?
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: I want you to know I did the best I could.
Lorraine Sullenberger: Of course you did. You saved everyone.
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: Maybe we should just talk in the morning. I’m tired. I’m overwhelmed by all this attention.
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: I’ve delivered a million passengers over forty years, but in the end I’m going to be judged by two hundred and eight seconds.
TV Interviewer: How do you feel when people call you a hero?
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: I don’t feel like a hero. I’m just a man who was doing his job. The right man for the job at the right time.
Mike Cleary: The left engine was still operating.
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: Not possible. I felt it go. It was like we were stopped in midair.
Charles Porter: Well, look, I’m sorry you’re frustrated, but our job is to investigate how a plane ended up in the Hudson River.
Jeff Skiles: On the Hudson.
Elizabeth Davis: We cannot afford a leak to the press. There’s been far too much talk in the press already.
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: It’s all about the timing, Larry. You can accomplish anything if you’re never in a hurry.
Jeff Skiles: They’re playing Pacman.You were flying a plane full of human beings.
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: Somehow, that’s not how I remember it. It just doesn’t seem right.
Jeff Skiles: It’s because it’s not right. Sully, you did everything you could and it was more than enough. Ask the passengers. Ask your wife and kids. Ask mine.
'You'll make mistakes, everyone does. Just learn from them.' - LT Cook (Sully) Click To Tweet
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: What if I did blow this?
Lorraine Sullenberger: What are you saying?
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: What if I did get this wrong, so close to the end of my career? If I endangered the lives of all those passengers?
Lorraine Sullenberger: Sully, watch the news. You’re a hero.
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: Everyone’s going have to get used to it, including the NTSB. Worst case scenario, the NTSB lists me as the probable cause. That’s immediate retirement. No pension. My life’s work gone.
Lorraine Sullenberger: Okay, you’re scaring me now, Sully. What is going on?
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: The left engine might have still been idling, and the Airbus simulations say I could’ve made it back to LaGuardia safely. But that doesn’t make sense, doesn’t jibe with everything I felt in the cockpit.
Lorraine Sullenberger: Then why did you do it, Sully?
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: What, land in the water?
Lorraine Sullenberger: Wasn’t that the most dangerous thing you could have done?
Lorraine Sullenberger: [to Sully] There were a hundred and fifty-five people on that plane and you were one of them.
Charles Porter: Human piloted simulations show that you could make it back to the airport.
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: No, they don’t. These pilots were not behaving like human beings, like people who are experiencing this for the first time.
Charles Porter: Well, they may not be reacting like you did.
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: Immediately after the bird strike they are turning back for the airport just as in the computer sims. Correct?
Charles Porter: That is correct.
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: They obviously knew the turn and exactly what heading to fly. They did not run a check, they do not switch on the APU.
Charles Porter: They had on all the same parameters that you faced.
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: No one warned us. No one said “You’re going to lose both engines at a lower altitude than any jet in history. But, be cool, just make a left turn for LaGuardia like you are going back to pick up the milk”. This was duel engine loss at 2800 feet followed by immediate water landing with 155 souls on board. No one has ever trained for an incident like that. No one.
Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger: You are looking for human error, then make it human. This wasn’t a video game. It was life and death.
Elizabeth Davis: [at the NTSB investigation proceedings] First Officer Skiles, is there anything you’d like to add? Anything you would have done differently if you had to do it again?
Jeff Skiles: Yes. I would’ve done it in July.