The film “Sully” directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks sparked a lot of conversation on a Facebook page devoted to promoting the film with comments from those who have seen it. Much debate arose over the plot device of National Transportation Safety Board bureaucrats trying to blame heroic pilot Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger and his decision to save lives by landing in the Hudson River. The airliner was incapacitated by some unlucky Canadian geese mid-air.
Steve Hoyt: I highly recommend this film as it is a classical Clint Eastwood film that is exceptionally well made. Not only was Sully very professional in the cockpit, he demonstrated an even higher level of professionalism when he was literally being tried by the NTSB hearings and he very ably confronted their initial findings when the investigation tried to claim he could have landed at Teterboro or La Guardia. I actually met Sully a few years ago at a conference and he is every bit the professional, outstanding individual. Eastwood is highly qualified to speak about the subject of crash landing in the water — while serving with the U.S. Army, the transport plane he was riding in crashed into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California. Two very interesting gentlemen — sure beats the other characters out there.
Kathy Miller: Not a good movie, an amazing movie.
Jill Levine: It was a great movie. Tom Hanks was amazing as was the actor who played his co-pilot. Too bad the NTSB and all of the other agencies who participate in these investigations put them through so much. They were heroes who saved 155 lives.
Brooke Beron Pekkala: According to Sully’s memoir, the NTSB agreed with every decision he and his co-pilot made. That part in the movie was fictionalized to provide a counterpoint.
Ron Giordan: And to make a 45-minute movie two hours.
Nick Cristiano: As a retired airline pilot with 45 years experience, I will tell you one political fact: It’s always cheaper to blame the pilots!
Sid Gillman: The NTSB didn’t question him the way the movie portrayed it. When the NTSB challenged Eastwood, he said he was aware of this but put that in the script to add drama.
T.W. Hanson Fisher: Will not watch this movie because Clinty directed it and filled it with his anti-government agitprop. The NTSB is the only reason planes aren’t continuously dropping out of the sky.
Vicki Moore Russell: The film was based on a real event, but it didn’t claim it would be completely factual. It is a movie, not a documentary.
Marion Visel: Clint used his own agenda to alter the plotline. The NTSB did not go after Sully, they commended him.
Nicholas Kieft: The NTSB are not happy with the way they were portrayed. They were looking for facts, not apportioning blame, unless you happened to be a goose.
Ken Buzelle: If I ever see Tom Hanks on my flight, I’ll just wait for the next one. (“Castaway,” “Apollo 13” and this one.)