Wings

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Subsequent war epics may have borrowed heavily from the original Best Picture winner, but they've all lacked Clara Bow's luminous screen presence and William Wellman's deft direction.

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With World War I afoot, David Armstrong (Richard Arlen) and Jack Powell (Charles "Buddy" Rogers) join the military with an eye toward flying American fighter planes. They leave behind Mary Preston (Clara Bow), a local girl who's in love with David but committed to Jack. Dispatched to France as newly minted pilots, the men take to the skies in one of the war's climactic air battles, and as frantic Mary longs for the safe return of both men, one pays the ultimate price for his bravery.

Cast & Crew

Clara Bow
Mary Preston
Richard Arlen
David Armstrong
Jobyna Ralston
Sylvia Lewis
Gary Cooper
Cadet White
El Brendel
Herman Schwimpf
Richard Tucker
Air commander
Henry B. Walthall
David's father
John Monk Saunders
Writer (Story)
Hope Loring
Writer (Screenplay)
Louis D. Lighton
Writer (Screenplay)
Julian Johnson
Writer
J.S. Zamecnik
Original Music
Harry Perry
Cinematographer
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Critic Reviews for Wings

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (43) | Rotten (3)

  • The picture bears the compelling stamp of truth. No film previously shown here has attempted to depict on so large a scale, or with such verity, the part played by aeroplanes in the war.

    February 5, 2020 | Full Review…
  • [Producer Lucien Hubbard] presents war as it should be presented -- truthfully, as a maelstrom of blood and horror, so that people who see it will be aghast at its cruelty and wastefulness.

    February 5, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It is, in fact, the masterpiece of war production.

    February 17, 2015 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    February 17, 2009 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    February 19, 2008 | Full Review…

    Sid Silverman

    Variety
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  • It won the first Academy Award for best picture back in 1927, establishing a tradition of silliness that hasn't been broken to this day, but there is some thrilling flying footage and impressively expensive spectacle.

    December 12, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wings

  • May 28, 2014
    Wings is something to behold only because it holds the distinction of being the very first Oscar winner for Best Picture. Unfortunately it doesn't hold up anything more than being an historic curiosity. This tale of WWI eventually is done much better in subsequent Hollywood offerings.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 21, 2011
    So this was the original Best Picture winner...not a bad start. Some of the special effects in this film were very well made, and the story isn't bad either, as far as war epics go.
    Dillon L Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2011
    I can't believe I forgot to rate this movie! I saw it a long time ago on TV, and I just loved it. I want to see it again, though, since I don't remember much of it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Mar 14, 2011
    Part of what makes this film so important is that it was the first film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Since I haven't seen the other films it was up against, I can't really say if it deserved it or not, but it is still a decent film. Part of its impact is lost on modern audiences, namely because this is from 1927, it's silent, and in sepia tones, as opposed to being modern, cgi-heavy, in color, and loaded up with balls to the wall sound effects. It's got a nicely hauntng and appropriate pipe organ score, but that's it as far as sound goes. The story is really basic, and something of a Top Gun for the 20s. it follows two WWI aviators and the girl they're leaving behind as they go off to fight the war. The plot isn't what makes this film special. That honor belongs to the awesome (even now) aerial combat scenes. They are staged well, look cool, and really make you appreciate the ahrd work and effort that goes into practical effects, as well as the touch of movie magic that is all but absent in this day and age. This is sappy and overlong, but still very entertaining and overwhelmingly charming. Clara Bow, the "It" girl of that era gets top billing, but that's misleading sicne she's not really the focus. She does good with what she's given though. The film belongs to Richard Arlen and Charles "Buddy" Rogers, and they're decent. THere's also a nice and important cameo from Gary Cooper, so that's cool. All in all, a good film, but maybe not the epic masterpiece some have hailed it as being. Well, maybe not a masterpiece in this day and age, but still pretty good.
    Chris W Super Reviewer

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