Tom Hanks Archives

Character: Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Written by: Todd Komarnicki
Produced by: Clint Eastwood, Kipp Nelson, Frank Marshall, Allyn Stewart, Tim Moore
Other cast: Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney
Release date: September 6, 2016
Genre: Biography, Drama
Running time: 1h 36min

On Jan. 15, 2009, Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger tries to make an emergency landing in New York's Hudson River after US Airways Flight 1549 strikes a flock of geese. Miraculously, all of the 155 passengers and crew survive the harrowing ordeal, and Sullenberger becomes a national hero in the eyes of the public and the media. Despite the accolades, the famed pilot now faces an investigation that threatens to destroy his career and reputation.


→ The untold story behind the miracle on the Hudson


♦ Tom Hanks spent half a day with Chesley Sullenberger at his Bay Area house during pre-production. Sullenberger said he was impressed by how well the actor caught him.

Character’s Quotes

• Everything is unprecedented until it happens for the first time.
• You were looking for a human error then make it human.
• It’s all so unreal. I guess I’m just having a little trouble separating reality from whatever the hell this is.