The Tarnished Angels
The Tarnished Angels (1958)

In this film, Robert Stack is a disillusioned WWI ace eking out a living as a barnstorming pilot/parachutist during the early 1930s. New Orleans newspaperman Rock Hudson runs across Stack at a two-bit carnival. He becomes fascinated with… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 11, 1958
DVD 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
EmanuelLevy.Com

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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