The Tarnished Angels
The Tarnished Angels (1958)

William Faulkner's novel Pylon was optioned by Universal producer Albert Zugsmith, who used it as the source for his 1957 production The Tarnished Angels. Robert Stack is a disillusioned World War One ace eking out a living as a… More

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Release Date: May 14, 1996
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Richard Brody
New Yorker

An enduring philosophical strain of proto-feminist endurance in a land that's both made and menaced by its intrepid warriors.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Given limited budget and technology, the airplane races are well staged over a short oval course around the striped pylons.

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Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]

One of Douglas Sirk's masterworks.

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Emanuel Levy

Set in the Depression era, this tale of daredevils doing air showsand their nomad lifestyle is one of cult director Douglas Sirk's very best films, and also the finest screen adaptation of a William Faulkner novel.

Philip Kemp
Total Film

Sirk mines sombre poetry from these lives, though a tacked-on happy-ish ending lets him down.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A seething melodrama about a family of daredevil pilots.

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