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Two young men, one rich, one middle class, are in love with the same woman, but must leave her behind when they become fighter pilots in World War I.


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Oct 25, 2018

First movie to win best picture. It is remarkable for its time and the print quality is amazing. For anyone who enjoys cinema it should be required viewing. It is wonderful just walking back into time and seeing the early years of the 20th Century along with how WW1 was depicted before anyone had a clue that an even bloodier conflict would soon occur. It is still better than 99% of the movies produced today.

May 11, 2018

Directed by William A. Wellman in 1927, this American silent war film depicts the land and air battles during the First World War.
This romantic action-war movie was restored with sound effects and a newly recorded soundtrack based on the original score.
The aerial battle sequences still rank among the best in motion picture history.
This is the last great silent film.

Apr 14, 2018

Released in 1927 - This silent-era film (with a story set during WW1) features some great battle scenes both in the air & on land. Its story is somewhat marred by actress Clara Bow who I found to be very annoying with her over-exaggerated facial expressions and cartoonish mannerisms.

None of the other actors in "Wings" carried on in such an affected way as Clara Bow did. I can't figure out why she had a tendency to over-do it so much. It only made her look really silly. But I suspect that she thought that it was cute.

"Wings" is one of the very first mainstream films to show both male and female nudity. Though these scenes are very brief, it is still surprising to see this nakedness in such an early picture as "Wings". This film's real drawing-cards were its realistic battle scenes, which took up a large part of the story. Set in France, it's the aerial dogfight scenes, in particular, that were especially impressive to watch.

"Wings" has a somewhat overlong running time of 144 minutes.... (*Watch movie-trailer*)

PimaLib_LouiseO Nov 20, 2017

Wow! The aerial cinematography alone will knock your socks off! This 1927 Academy Award winning epic definitely stands the test of time!

May 30, 2017

VERY GOOD 1927 b/w silent movie. First time I've watched a silent film in some time - VERY high quality cinematography, not only the air combat flying, but also the large scale (and expensive) WWI trench fighting, etc. which had over 3500 infantry men on screen in epic Battle of Saint-Mihiel with French and AEF American soldiers versus the Germans.
Excellent drama with both the two American pilots AND beautiful Clara Bow really lighting up the screen.

Mar 27, 2017

"Wings" is a great spectacle. Even by today's standards, the stunt flying is amazing. Putting flimsy biplanes held together by wire into death spirals and crashing them with bad landings is astounding. This 1927 motion picture is the last great silent film. I would rate "Wings" at 5.0 stars.

Sep 21, 2016

Although it was released almost 90 years ago, William A. Wellman’s silent film about love and honour during wartime remains one of the most spectacularly ambitious films to ever emerge from that genre. Filmed with the full cooperation of the Air Force, Wellman—a decorated combat pilot himself—employed thousands of extras in order to stage some of the most riveting and believable blood & guts battle scenes on both land and in the air. No CGI effects here, his actors actually flew their own planes while operating remote controlled cameras fixed to the engine cowling. The result is a series of breathtaking aerial dogfights with biplanes looping in and out of clouds or speeding along enemy lines as bombs wreak havoc and soldiers succumb to bullets and shrapnel (they used chocolate syrup for blood). Meanwhile, back on solid ground as an ill-fated love triangle (rectangle?) plays out, cinematographer Harry Perry uses some imaginative techniques to keep the action flowing: at one point the camera flies over the table tops at Paris’ Folies Bergère while a very drunk airman chases elusive champagne bubbles, and in a more sobering passage a plane comes to rest next to a military graveyard of immaculately white crosses. Meticulously restored by Paramount Studios with a full orchestral score, evocative tinting techniques, and a host of well placed sound effects, Wellman’s epic has survived the test of time with all its glory and silent era melodrama lovingly intact. Look for a cameo by a then unknown Gary Cooper and some shocking pre-Hays Code dalliances with nudity and homoerotica—two women in male drag cavort in a bar and a man-to-man kiss (American cinema’s first!) doesn’t seem quite so platonic. Winner of two Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Oct 01, 2014

It's cool to watch the films of my grandma's era. I've heard a lot about the main stars, great to see their work. I had no idea WINGS was the last silent movie.

brendancarlson Apr 19, 2014

Taking into consideration that there were no computer graphics, green screen or process shots available when this movie was shot, you will see some of the most exciting and remarkable action sequences ever put on film. They don't (and can't) make 'em like this anymore.

Jun 30, 2013

A phenomenal film on so many levels: incredible production value; breathtaking aerial cinematography and stunts; subplots full of tenderness and depth... The three lead actors were very engaging, (especially Clara Bow, but the guys, too), transcending any obstacles of silent film effortlessly with the genuine emotional expressiveness of their eyes alone (although I could even read their lips sometimes). What an ending! Shocker! This is inarguably director William A. Wellman's magnum opus, and I found it quite affecting. Evidently, the man fought hard (w/ the studios, etc.) for his exceptional vision to come to fruition, and it paid off. It's quite apropos that it holds the singular distinction of winning the first ever Academy Award for Best Production (Picture). Fascinating bonus feature commentary. FIVE STARS.

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Jun 30, 2013

John "Jack" Powell (cuddling with Mary in his hot rod, looking up at the night sky, as a shooting star suddenly flies by): "Do you know what you can do when you see a shooting star?" Mary Preston (smiling): "...You can kiss the girl you love." (*smooch*)


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