Only Angels Have Wings

Release Date: March 22nd, 2002

DVD Release Date: August 31st, 1999

Not Yet Rated |2 hr 1 min

Plot Summary

Rough and tough Geoff Carter (Cary Grant) runs a tiny airline that cannot afford to miss any flights, despite the dangers along many of the routes. When Bonnie Lee (Jean Arthur), a performer who is falling for him, sees that Geoff is preparing to fly in violent weather conditions, she takes measures to make him stay. She's successful in her attempt, and two of his employees are forced to make the flight for him -- but Bonnie may have been correct about the potential peril of that flight.

Cast: Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Rita Hayworth, Richard Barthelmess, Thomas Mitchell, Sig Ruman, Victor Kilian, John Carroll

Director: Howard Hawks

Genres: Adventure

Production Co: Columbia Pictures Corporation

Keywords: Emotional, 1930s, Wife, Death, Love, Suspenseful, Underdog

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Neil SmithTotal Film

    One of [Hawks'] finest pictures: a swoony saga of fatalistic flyboys and the women who try to keep their feet on the ground. show more

  • 80
    Peter BradshawThe Guardian

    It is an eccentric and entertaining movie soap-opera. show more

  • 100
    Zach CampbellSlant Magazine

    The other reason why Hawks's film can't be approached as a pure sociological interrogation is that it's, quite visibly, a Hollywood production with certain inescapable commitments to entertainment convention. This isn't to downgrade the movie, though, as there's a reason why Hawks and other Old Hollywood filmmakers have become so revered. show more

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