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DerekFME's avatar


Howard Hawks really was a directorial genius. This is a really different and fascinating film. Brilliantly played with a great deal of humanity by all involved.
13 years ago
senorroboto's avatar


I'd say this movie must have had an influence on The Wages of Fear. Definitely different movies but they share a nihilistic view of white folk working rough jobs in South America.

Another thing I was really impressed by was the aerial photography during MacPherson's flight. I wasn't aware there was anything that good until the post-WWII period, when directors like William Wyler and John Sturges came back from serving as Air Force filmmakers with a ton of experience under their belts.
8 years 3 months ago
DisneyStitch's avatar


An excellent film by Hawks and I love the long runtime as it allows to really fixate on the drama and build up the characters. The story just drops us right in the middle of itself and it has to be the fastest I've ever cared a lot about characters that I just met. Cary Grant is spectacular as a pilot who's so convinced that the next flight is his last that he never even carries a few spare matches with him. Jean Arthur plays the perfect foil, a spunky lady who gets caught up in the world of dangerous flying and can't let go, much like all of us watching. It almost has shades of Casablanca with the mood, though an eerie kind of Noir where pilots are fighting against the weather like it's some unseen animal lurking in the sky.
2 years 7 months ago
SpacePauls's avatar


You can't go wrong with Cary Grant and plane crashes.
3 years 1 month ago
tommy_leazaq's avatar


Great film. Yeah, I also felt the vibe of Wages of Fear..
8 years 1 month ago
MilenaFlaherty's avatar


Great film, not film noir. These IMDB lists are often silly.
8 years 9 months ago
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