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The Wings of Eagles

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The Wings of Eagles
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: May 22, 2007
  • Originally Released: 1957
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Mono 1.0 English

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Entertainment Reviews:

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 4,199
...An oddity beloved by admirers of the remarkable Ford/Wayne collection...
USA Today
May 25, 1990
Rating: C -- This routine sentimental biopic is directed with much feeling by John Ford. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Feb 8, 2005
Coming from a director as esteemed as John Ford, this is a disappointing entry-a loud, long and shamelessly corny biography of a naval airman... Full Review
Maclean's Magazine
Oct 11, 2019
A bizarre, but touching, comical biopic. Full Review
Combustible Celluloid
Jan 16, 2015
Rating: 2.5/5 -- Wants to be epic in scope but ends up feeling like ham-fisted CliffsNotes version of a man's life. The film loiters way, way too long on Frank Wead's early days as a hell-raising test pilot, then skips ahead through long sections of his life. Full Review
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Apr 25, 2011
Rating: B -- Though sentimental as a biopic of Navy hero Frank (Sig) Wead, John Ford's film has old-fashioned charm, a result of John Wayne's lead performance and his chemistry with Maureen O'Hara. Full Review
EmanuelLevy.Com
Jul 15, 2008

Product Description:

John Ford's biopic of his friend Frank "Spig" Wead stars John Wayne as the decorated naval hero who went on to become the screenwriter of such films as Ford's THEY WERE EXPENDABLE and Howard Hawks's CEILING ZERO. After World War I, Frank strives to demonstrate the potential of seaplanes for use in warfare to the navy by winning a number of competitions. As the pilot's star rises, he spends time working and indulging in adolescent horseplay with his buddies while his wife, Minnie (Maureen O'Hara), languishes at home with the children that Frank barely knows. On the night when a much desired assignment to command a fighter squadron finally comes through, the pilot is paralyzed after an accidental fall. Ashamed of his condition, Frank refuses to accept consolation or help from his wife or family and will allow only his military mates, Jughead Carson (Dan Dailey) and John Price (Ken Curtis), to aid his long rehabilitation. After a bout of depression, he begins to write of his experiences, slowly transforming himself into a professional author. THE WINGS OF EAGLES features an endearing mix of low comedy and high drama expertly interwoven by Ford, who also allows a delightful spoof of himself in the form of Ward Bond's hilarious portrayal of a Fordian director named John Dodge.

Plot Synopsis:

This biographical film chronicles Commander Frank W. "Spig" Wead's naval history--including his macho adventures, playful hijinks and escapades, and his public relations efforts on behalf of the armed services--while also dramatizing the hardships Wead endured after falling down a staircase and injuring his spine.

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Production Notes:

  • Color by Metrocolor.
  • Technical Adviser: Adm. John Dale Price.
  • Commander Frank W. Wead and director John Ford were close friends, who also collaborated on the film "They Were Expendable."

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  • Sales Rank: 25,096
  • UPC: 012569798632
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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