A helicopter lands at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Hundreds of soldiers run on the tarmac as Mariah Carey gets out. People take pictures as she walks up to the stage. She sings on stage as soldiers hold up signs, proclaiming their love for her. Lying on the stage, she signs an autograph for an 8-year-old boy.
Soldiers wave flags and someone throws a stuffed teddy to her. She catches it in her hands. Wearing an olive green blouse and denim jeans, she walks down the steps of the airplane. She waves and smiles as photographers take her picture. An American flag draped across the wall, she sits on an airplane. At dusk, she runs on the field in her black dress. The helicopter takes off.
It was a bucket list moment. On the news, Mariah Carey had seen soldiers talk about their experiences overseas. She was incredibly grateful for them. They fought for her freedom and she wanted to repay them. She had her team contact various bases in the United States. Performing for them was the least she could do.
She goes over the rules with her team after they secured a location. One of her team members suggests a dress. She rejects it and says she can save it for another performance. It had to be conservative but still her. She searches several styles and decides on a little black dress.
Her manager informs she has to leave. Carey says she’s staying until she’s talked to everyone. A twentysomething woman, in fatigues, says she listens to her music everyday and it helps her get through the day. An 8-year-old boy tells her his favorite song and sings it a little bit of her. She talks with his dad and tells him it’s an honor. Two hours later, she blows a kiss to everyone and waves to them as she boards the helicopter.
Director: Brett Ratner Year: 1999