The Wings of Eagles (1957)





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This biographical film follows the career of Frank W. "Spig" Wead (John Wayne), the Hollywood screenwriter who was a famous World War I Navy pilot, until a tragic accident changed his life.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Frank Fenton, William Wister Haines
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 6, 2006


as Frank W. 'Spig' Wead

as Min Wead

as 'Jughead' Carson

as John Dodge

as John Dale Price

as Adm. Moffett

as Capt. Herbert Allen ...

as Jack Travis

as Capt. Jock Clark

as Party Manager

as Capt. Spear

as Rose Brentmann

as Lt. Charles Dexter

as Dr. John Keye

as 'Arizona' Pincus

as Air Force Officer

as Executive Officer

as Joe McGuffey

as Naval aide

as Manager #2

as Lila Wead

as Patient

as Doris Wead

as Adm. Crown

as Nurse Crumley

as Officer in brawl

as Producer

as Bridy O'Faolain

as Nurse

as MP at Garden Party

as Officer in Hangar

as Lovely
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Critic Reviews for The Wings of Eagles

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A bizarre, but touching, comical biopic.

Full Review… | January 16, 2015
Combustible Celluloid

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… | April 25, 2011
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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… | July 15, 2008

Audience Reviews for The Wings of Eagles


John Ford's follow-up to The Searchers is surprisingly un-remarkable. A biopic of Frank "Spig" Wead, a solider turned cripple turned screenwriter, "The Wings of Eagles is an impeccably crafted piece of fluffy propaganda.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


An excellent and often-moving biopic about navy-flier-turned-screenwriter Frank "Spig" Wead, this film features fine dramatic performances from John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Features the usual John Ford elements of sentimentality and brawling slapstick, but there's also an underlying poignancy that makes this a treat.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

A movie that's powerful enough to make a grown man cry. John Ford tells the story of Frank Spig like no one else could have. With a combination of great action sequences and intimate character moments, this becomes more than just an average movie. John Wayne delivers a powerhouse performance, like always, and makes you truly admire Spig. It's such an uplifting and human story which shouldn't be missed by anyone.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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