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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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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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Cary Grant, one of cinema's greatest actors, gives maybe his finest performance here. (It's hard to say, there are dozens.)

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Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

One of the subline action movies of the era, with Grant in a John Wayne-like role, matched by Jean Arthur

Frank S. Nugent
New York Times

It's a fairly good melodrama, nothing more.

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Kent Turner

[Grant's] relationship with the female interloper is more dry eyed and cynical than the film's sentimental male bonding.

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Zach Campbell
Slant Magazine

A bizarre and gorgeous film to say the least, this masterwork (based on a story fragment written by Hawks in 1938 titled Plane from Barranca) embodies a fantastic range of opposite states of mind and being.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Perfection that defies scrutiny.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Though everything about it is improbable, it still makes for an immensely entertaining magical film.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Possibly Hawks' best film -- a bold statement.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
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
AJ Verser
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
Jennifer Xu
Totally don't understand Howard Hawks' obsession with aviation but I've gotta say Jean Arthur and Cary Grant are pretty cuuuute together.