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Big screen classics

Only Angels Have Wings

Hawks’ evergreen classic about a group of pilots flying perilous missions in the Andes.

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USA 1939
Dir Howard Hawks
With Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Rita Hayworth, Richard Barthelmess
121min
Digital 4K
Certificate U

Few filmmakers were as fascinated by the dynamics of the group as Hawks, and this glorious mix of drama, comedy, spectacle and romantic adventure – depicting the dangers and sense of shared purpose experienced by a bunch of fliers transporting mail and medicines in the Andes – is one of his greatest achievements. When dealing with death the film’s rich emotional palette attains an extraordinary delicacy.

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