Only Angels Have Wings
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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 weather conditions to the most treacherous of destinations. Facing death on a near-hourly basis, Grant and his flyers have adopted a casual, all-in-day's-work attitude towards mortality. If a pilot cracks up and dies, it's simply because he didn't have what it took, and that's that. Stranded showgirl Jean Arthur can't stand this cavalier… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"It's a fairly good melodrama, nothing more."
‑ Frank S. Nugent, New York Times
"[Grant's] relationship with the female interloper is more dry eyed and cynical than the film's sentimental male bonding."
‑ Kent Turner,
"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."
‑ Zach Campbell, Slant Magazine
"Perfection that defies scrutiny."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Though everything about it is improbable, it still makes for an immensely entertaining magical film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Possibly Hawks' best film -- a bold statement."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Cary Grant, one of cinema's greatest actors, gives maybe his finest performance here. (It's hard to say, there are dozens.)"
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"One of the subline action movies of the era, with Grant in a John Wayne-like role, matched by Jean Arthur"
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"Only Angels Have Wings (1939) is a quintessential adventure-aviation film with drama, dark fatalism, suspense and romance that is stocked with true-to-life sequences,"
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
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