Only Angels Have Wings
Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

This film takes place 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,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 15, 1939
DVD 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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Witney Seibold

"Only Angels Have Wings" is... wet, atmospheric, and even a bit tragic. These men live close to death, and, as such, have to live quickly. There is a sadness hanging over these people.

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Ben Nicholson

[It] soars, not least during its incredibly taut bad-weather flights which pound with the slow thudding tension akin to the depth-charges of Wolfgang Petersen's Das Boot.

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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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Matt Prigge

There are jokes and even real profundity, but they rise organically out of what may be Hawks' greatest, shaggy dog-iest masterpiece - maybe the most easy-going great film ever made.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

A typical Howard Hawks production, which means it's aces all the way.

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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times

It's a fairly good melodrama, nothing more.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a delight in the way it supplies drama and suspense via the dangers of flying in remote South America with the humor and romance of opposites attracting.

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Matthew Thrift
Little White Lies

Pure cinematic catnip.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% 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