Heroic “Sully” soars above factual flaws

By Tom Siebert

As a young newspaper reporter, I covered the National Transportation Safety Board hearings into the worst single-airliner disaster in U.S. history, when 273 passengers died in the crash of American Airlines Flight 191 near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport in May 1979. So I know that the highly professional NTSB were not the villains who were portrayed in “Sully,” the otherwise truthful movie about Capt. Chesley Sullenberger’s heroic emergency landing on New York’s Hudson River that saved “155 souls on board” US Airways Flight 1459 in January 2009. As always, director Clint Eastwood films in you-are-there realism. And Tom Hanks, who plays Sully, should win the Best Actor award for every movie that he stars in.



About Tom Siebert

Tom Siebert received a B.S. in journalism from the University of Illinois and has worked as a staff writer for newspapers in California, Florida, and Illinois. Tom reported general news, interviewed entertainment figures, and covered elected office holders––including four presidents and a pope. More significantly, he profiled human suffering in the form of a homeless man dying of AIDS, a college cheerleader battling Hodgkin's disease, and a senior couple living the long goodbye of Alzheimer's. He currently contributes to the Chicago Tribune, Aurora Beacon-News, Elgin Courier-News, Naperville Sun, and Patch community news sites. Tom also worked as a copy editor and proofreader for Tyndale House, a Christian publisher based in the Chicago suburbs. He is presently self-employed as an editor of Christian books. In addition, Tom serves as community relations director for Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) of Kendall County, Illinois. He also served on the leadership team for the Celebrate Recovery ministry at Harvest New Beginnings church in Oswego. And he now serves as a group leader at Community Christian Church in Naperville. Tom may be contacted at tmsiebert@gmail.com or (816) 344-7815. Am
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1 Response to Heroic “Sully” soars above factual flaws

  1. You bring an interesting perspective to the film. IMO it is masterful storytelling and a thoroughly riveting film, even Oscar material.


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