The Wings of Eagles
The Wings of Eagles (1957)

The Wings of Eagles is filmmaker John Ford's paean to his frequent collaborator--and, it is rumored, drinking buddy--Cmdr. Frank "Spig" Wead. John Wayne stars as Wead, a reckless WW1 Naval aviator who (it says here) was… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1957
DVD Release Date: June 6, 2006
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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A bizarre, but touching, comical biopic.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This routine sentimental biopic is directed with much feeling by John Ford.

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Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Wants to be epic in scope but ends up feeling like ham-fisted CliffsNotes version of a man's life. The film loiters way, way too long on Frank Wead's early days as a hell-raising test pilot, then skips ahead through long sections of his life.

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Emanuel Levy

Though sentimental as a biopic of Navy hero Frank (Sig) Wead, John Ford's film has old-fashioned charm, a result of John Wayne's lead performance and his chemistry with Maureen O'Hara.

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Ken Stachnik
John Ford's follow-up to The Searchers is surprisingly un-remarkable. A biopic of Frank "Spig" Wead, a solider turned cripple turned… More
Dean McKenna
An excellent and often-moving biopic about navy-flier-turned-screenwriter Frank "Spig" Wead, this film features fine dramatic performances from John… More
Conner Rainwater
A movie that's powerful enough to make a grown man cry. John Ford tells the story of Frank Spig like no one else could have. With a combination of great… More