The Wings of Eagles

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Frank "Spig" Wead (John Wayne) is a pilot trying to improve the Navy's aviation program. His military posts often require him to move his wife (Maureen O'Hara) and children. On the night he decides to spend more time with his family, Spig falls down the stairs and breaks his back. During his recovery, buddy "Jughead" Carson (Dan Dailey) convinces Spig to start writing pro-military films. Although he is successful, the Pearl Harbor bombing moves Spig to rejoin the Navy despite his paralysis.

Cast & Crew

John Wayne
Frank W. "Spig" Wead
Dan Dailey
"Jughead" Carson
Ward Bond
John Dodge
Ken Curtis
John Dale Price
Edmund Lowe
Adm. Moffett
Kenneth Tobey
Capt. Herbert Allen Hazard
James Todd
Jack Travis
Barry Kelley
Capt. Jock Clark
John Ford
Director
Frank Fenton
Screenwriter
Jeff Alexander
Original Music
Paul Vogel
Cinematographer
Gene Ruggiero
Film Editor
Malcolm Brown
Art Director
F. Keogh Gleason
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Critic Reviews for The Wings of Eagles

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Audience Reviews for The Wings of Eagles

  • Aug 23, 2010
    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 R Super Reviewer
  • Dec 16, 2007
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2007
    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 S Super Reviewer

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