Only Angels Have Wings
Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Virtually a textbook example of Howard Hawks' "macho" mode, Only Angels Have Wings takes place high in the Peruvian Andes. Cary Grant heads a ramshackle airmail and freight service, forced to fly in the most perilous of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 30, 1999
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

'Only Angels Have Wings' uses its paper-thin plot as an excuse to mount a scalpel-sharp analysis of men under pressure: bitching, blaming and refusing to back down.

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Matthew Thrift
Little White Lies

Pure cinematic catnip.

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Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

It's a solid melodrama with a brawling sense of place that hasn't entirely stood the test of time.

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Michael Sragow
New Yorker

Howard Hawks's stirring tale of a fledgling airmail service that traverses the Andes from a strip in a South American banana port is the ultimate workplace dramedy.

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

This is great cinema: supremely entertaining, mature storytelling.

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

It's a garrulous, effervescent movie - not my favourite Hawks picture, but very likable all the same.

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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times

It's a fairly good melodrama, nothing more.

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Geoffrey Macnab
Independent

This is the quintessential Hawks movie, combining spectacular aerial sequences with the fatalistic barroom machismo of the pilots off duty.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Perfection that defies scrutiny.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Cary Grant leads a tight ensemble of mail pilots in the Andes Mountains for whom frequently bad weather conditions turn every regular day of work into a dance… More
Aj V
This is probably my favourite Cary Grant movie of the thirties. Jean Arthur, another favourite actor, stars alongside him in this. The movie combines… More
Devon Bott
It's a film about adventure and romance, but what we really have here is a study on the nature of death by director Howard Hawks. A lone adventuress (Jean… More
Jennifer D
*sigh* This is proof not all Cary Grant movies are good. The acting was great, of course, but the story was just severely lacking. Just at no point was I really… More
Ken Stachnik
Great little drama packed full of twists and great characters.
Saskia D.
I would rate this movie higher, but there's something missing, and I'm not entirely sure what. Maybe it's a little too fast for my taste, but… More