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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Run Time: 2 hours, 24 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: October 24, 2017
- Originally Released: 1927
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region A
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Clara Bow, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, Richard Arlen & Gary Cooper|
|Performer:||Hedda Hopper & George Irving|
|Directed by||William A. Wellman|
|Edited by||E. Lloyd Sheldon|
Academy Awards 1927 - Best Engineering Effects
Academy Awards 1927 - Best Picture
Director William Wellman drew on his own WWI French Foreign Legion aviator combat experience, including being shot down by anti-aircraft fire, to dramatize this story of two American fighter pilots, Jack Powell and David Armstrong. . . Full Review
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It is, in fact, the masterpiece of war production. Full Review
New York Daily News
The audience gulped down the plot as conventional but reliable stuff, watched with waning interest while spinning, swerving, dodging planes grew into confused monotony against a background of unpicturesque ether. Full Review
[I]t represents an astounding level of achievement in Hollywood production before sound crashed in and introduced a new ponderousness to the screen.
Sight and Sound
There not being so much of Clara Bow in the picture, or a straining for her to turn on that 'it' personality, she gives an all around corking performance. Full Review
Wings comes from an era when it was okay to be heartbreakingly emotional at all times. The beats are more obvious, and the acting is more over-the-top, but it doesn't necessarily feel artificial. Full Review
WINGS was the first film ever made that graphically captured the emotional combination of freedom and fear of flying in combat. Director William Wellman drew on his years in an elite flying squadron and pushed the cinematic technology of the day to its limit when he created this film's timeless aerial sequences. The story revolves around two young men, of different classes, who have both fallen for the same young woman before they head off to combat. Richard Arlen and Charles Rogers are well paired as they fight it out over both Clara Bow and enemy soil, and Gary Cooper makes a memorable cameo appearance, which launched his career. The emotional current created by the three stars is as intense as the film's special effects, and the result adequately reflects the lasting brutality of war. This drama won the very first Academy Award for Best Picture.
This silent film classic deals with two World War I pilots in love with the same woman. Actual footage of air battles adds to the film's realism.
- WINGS was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1997.
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