Wings (1927)

Wings, the first feature film to win an Academy Award, tends to disappoint a little when seen today. Too much time is afforded the wheezy old plotline about two World War I aviators (Buddy Rogers, Richard Arlen) in love with the same woman… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 12, 1927
DVD Release Date: January 24, 2012
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Subsequent war epics may have borrowed heavily from the original Best Picture winner, but they've all lacked Clara Bow's luminous screen presence and William Wellman's deft direction.

Irene Thirer
New York Daily News

It is, in fact, the masterpiece of war production.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It won the first Academy Award for best picture back in 1927, establishing a tradition of silliness that hasn't been broken to this day, but there is some thrilling flying footage and impressively expensive spectacle.

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Diane Carson
KDHX (St. Louis)

Director William Wellman drew on his own WWI French Foreign Legion aviator combat experience, including being shot down by anti-aircraft fire, to dramatize this story of two American fighter pilots, Jack Powell and David Armstrong. . .

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TIME Magazine

The audience gulped down the plot as conventional but reliable stuff, watched with waning interest while spinning, swerving, dodging planes grew into confused monotony against a background of unpicturesque ether.

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Paul Taylor
Time Out

Long touted as a classic by cinema historians, and justifying almost every adjectival extravagance.

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Witney Seibold

Wings comes from an era when it was okay to be heartbreakingly emotional at all times. The beats are more obvious, and the acting is more over-the-top, but it doesn't necessarily feel artificial.

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Sid Silverman

There not being so much of Clara Bow in the picture, or a straining for her to turn on that 'it' personality, she gives an all around corking performance.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

This feature gives one an unforgettable idea of the existence of these daring fighters.

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Philip Kemp
Total Film

William Wellman's silent WW1 flying epic soars thrillingly while it's airborne, but on the ground it plods.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Masterful and deeply moving.
Aj V
I can't believe I forgot to rate this movie! I saw it a long time ago on TV, and I just loved it. I want to see it again, though, since I don't… More
Chris Weber
Part of what makes this film so important is that it was the first film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Since I haven't seen the other films it… More
Dillon Lupky
So this was the original Best Picture winner...not a bad start. Some of the special effects in this film were very well made, and the story isn't bad… More
Jameson Worley
For my first silent film ever, Wings more than met my standards, it blew me away. Winner of the very first Best Picture Academy Award, this film is one that… More
Byron Brubaker
When I first started my goal of seeing Oscar winning movies I started at the beginning. If this had not been so good, I probably would not have made it too… More