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89 Ratings

The Wings of Eagles

Directed by John Ford
United States, 1957
Biography, Drama, War


U.S. Navy pilot Frank ‘Spig’ Wead is a fun-loving and rowdy adventurer, but also a fierce proponent of Naval aviation. His dedication to the promotion of the Navy’s flying program is so intense that his marriage and family life suffer.

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The Wings of Eagles Directed by John Ford

Critics reviews

The raw but hearty brutality of flying and fighting marks Wead with the inner scars of broken love and with physical scars akin to stigmata; every step of his turbulent journey plays out like a mini-Calvary. Ford’s sense of martial duty is a vision of secular faith.
July 20, 2015
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Structurally lumpy and tonally jarring, The Wings of Eagles fails as a biopic while triumphing as something more valuable—a comedy of marriage, an allegory of disarmament, a profoundly felt fusion of action and contemplation.
July 03, 2015
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