by Alex Jones
If you travel to IMDB.com today you’ll notice a huge advertisement for the new Clint Eastwood flick "Sully". This is set for wide release in US theaters on September 9th and will be yet another addition to Eastwood's "based on a true story or person" film collection.
Clint has directed a total of 66 movies, of which 11 are based on a real person or event. It may seem as though he’s done bio-pic’s consistently over time, but it’s really a recent trend. 5 of his last 6 films (including Sully) fall into this category. Here’s a full listing of his “true story” chronology with the person and a few words describing the event it depicts:
- Sully (2016) - Chesley Sullenberger (ie. Dude who landed a plan DOWN BY THE RIVER!)
- American Sniper (2014) - Chris Kyle (ie. Dude who protected America by killing a lot of dudes.)
- Jersey Boys (2014) - Jersey Boys (ie. Bunch of dudes singin'.)
- J. Edgar (2011) - J. Edgar Hoover (ie. 1st FBI Dude to spy and arrest dudes… and secretly may like dudes.)
- Invictus (2009) - Nelson Mandela & Francois Pienaar (ie. Dudes tackling dudes for peace.)
- Changeling (2008) - Christine Collins (ie. Kinda true murder story about a Lady…. Where’s the dudes?)
- Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) - WWII Japanese Troops(ie. Japanese dudes in WWII Iwo Jima)
- Flags of Our Fathers (2006) - WII American Troops (ie. American dudes in WWII Iwo Jima)
- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) - Jim Wilson & John Kelso (ie. The story of a murder involving a reporter dude and millionaire dude.)
- Bird (1988) - Charlie “Bird” Parker (ie. Movie about a jazz musician dude.)
- Heartbreak Ridge (1986) - Marine Sgt. Thomas Highway & other American troops (ie. A bunch of American dudes invading Grenada.)
So first thing you notice when reading that list - LOTTA DUDES. Second thing you ask - Where the ladies at? Third thing you say - Edgar your skin is hanging off your bones.
Hey we’re not here to judge Clint’s selection in true stories, but if he wants some ideas for a heroine that fits his interests look no further than Lyudmila Pavlichenko aka Lady Death. She was a Ukrainian Soviet sniper during WWII credited with 309 kills. To put in perspective that's 149 more kills than Chris Kyle. I'll pause here so you can collect your brains because your minds have just been BLOWN!
So, will “Sully” prove worthy or disappointing? We’ll see. But there’ll be plenty of time for Mr. Sullenberger to contemplate this film while he’s landing a plane .. DOWN BY THE RIVER!