Talk:Wings (1927 film)

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1926 or 1927?[edit]

I was just watching an old episode of This Is Your Life with Jesse L. Lasky on it and it said this movie was from 1926. Which is it - 1926 or 1927? 03:50, 13 May 2007 (UTC)

1927. (JosephASpadaro 06:42, 30 May 2007 (UTC))
All references list the film's release year as 1927, but it was not honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences until early 1929. Sallyrob (talk) 11:49, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
Recording started 1926. Parrotistic (talk) 13:20, 11 January 2011 (UTC)

Home Video[edit]

Although Wings has been shown on American Movie Classics and Turner Classic Movies, it has not been released on DVD. With the publication of William Wellman Jr.'s book, there is growing pressure to release the film on home video. Sallyrob (talk) 11:50, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

It's on VHS Spartacus007 (talk) 01:23, 15 June 2008 (UTC)

It's on DVD as well because I have it. Actually I have Cavalcade as well so that statement is incorrect. I'm a movie collector and own EVERY Best Picture. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:46, 3 August 2010 (UTC)

Neither Wings nor Cavalcade have had an official *Region 1* release. lists the Cavacade Region 2 DVD, but not one for Wings. Ttenchantr (talk) 23:40, 23 August 2010 (UTC)


It is one of the first films to feature a male-on-male kiss – a fraternal one

Five years earlier,

In the 1922 "Blood and Sand" Valentino (as Juan Gallardo) kisses the character Zapaterin (or was it Chiripa?) who dies from being gored by a bull.

This and the mention of nudity seem to be more "cultural items" rather than "Production" - though I consider them important - everyone seems to forget that people have always been human! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:27, 15 May 2009 (UTC)

"Pearl Harbor" (2001) is derived from "Wings"[edit]

I think it should be mentioned that the 2001 movie "Pearl Harbor" was just a re-write of "Wings". (talk) 09:25, 11 January 2011 (UTC)

It's noted, I'll look into it.Parrotistic (talk) 13:22, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
Pure supposition, may not be worth it. FWiW Bzuk (talk) 14:10, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
I concur with Bzuk. A quick search engine test does not reveal any kind of relationship. Erik (talk | contribs) 14:53, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
The two movies have the same love triangle plot. Two guys in love with the same girl, one dies in the other's arms after the planes crash land. The scene with Clara Bow, the ambulance driver, in the village right before it is bombed, then taking cover from the bombing, then the two pilots taking off to shoot down enemy planes--this is copied in "Pearl Harbor" for the sneak bombing attack on Pearl. The champagne scene is derived from Wings. And so on. (talk) 01:18, 15 January 2011 (UTC)
Hey IP user, ever hear the prase "nothing new under the sun?" Just because they share common dramatic themes does not mean the later one is a "copy" of the old one. Jersey John (talk) 23:11, 12 January 2012 (UTC)

Date of Rediscovery[edit]

What is the date (or at least the year) that this film was rediscovered? Does anyone know? I think I saw a news article from the 1980s about this film being found, but I can't find this article again right now. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:51, 18 May 2012 (UTC)

  • Had to be before 1985, since I have a VHS tape of the film that was released in 1985. --Ryanasaurus007 (talk) 17:29, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

Game Wings (Amiga GBA) a homage[edit] The gameplay looks similar to the action sequences of the 1927 silent movie also called Wings. The story shown before each mission is, however, different from the plot of the movie more: -before and after mission are silent movie text writings - same like in the movie - 'the bad Hun' style in writing ;) - name ;) (talk) 22:51, 4 November 2012 (UTC)

GA Review[edit]

This review is transcluded from Talk:Wings (1927 film)/GA1. The edit link for this section can be used to add comments to the review.

Reviewer: Jaguar (talk · contribs) 17:28, 14 March 2014 (UTC) I'll take up this review as requested. I will leave down the initial comments within 24 hours or earlier! I mainly focus on copyediting issues as well. Jaguar 17:28, 14 March 2014 (UTC)

GA review – see WP:WIAGA for criteria

  1. Is it reasonably well written?
    A. Prose quality:
    B. MoS compliance for lead, layout, words to watch, fiction, and lists:
  2. Is it factually accurate and verifiable?
    A. References to sources:
    It is well referenced.
    B. Citation of reliable sources where necessary:
    C. No original research:
  3. Is it broad in its coverage?
    A. Major aspects:
    B. Focused:
  4. Is it neutral?
    Fair representation without bias:
  5. Is it stable?
    No edit wars, etc:
  6. Does it contain images to illustrate the topic?
    A. Images are copyright tagged, and non-free images have fair use rationales:
    B. Images are provided where possible and appropriate, with suitable captions:
  7. Overall:
    Pass or Fail:

Sorry for coming to the review a bit late. I've had one of the worst days... Jaguar 21:51, 15 March 2014 (UTC)

Initial comments[edit]


  • "Wellman was hired as he was the only director in Hollywood at the time who had World War I combat pilot experience, although Richard Arlen and John Monk Saunders had also served in the war as military aviators." - I assume these two are directors at the time, but the sentence doesn't specify who they were?
Above it says Richard Arlen in the cast and that John Monk Saunders wrote the story.♦ Dr. Blofeld 09:50, 16 March 2014 (UTC)
  • "Acclaimed for its technical prowess and realism upon release, the film became the yardstick for which future aviation films" - this doesn't have to be changed, but what does 'yardstick' mean in terms of film releases? Is it an American dialect?

Yes, it's probably more common in the US, but the source describes it as such. I suppose in British English it would be called the "benchmark". Just means that it set a high standard for other films to follow.♦ Dr. Blofeld 09:51, 16 March 2014 (UTC)

  • The lead itself complies per WP:LEAD!

Script and experience[edit]

  • "knowing "exactly what he wanted", bringing with it a "no-nonsense attitude" according to Lawrence H. Suid" - it does not specify who Lawrence H. Siud is?
Added.♦ Dr. Blofeld 09:53, 16 March 2014 (UTC)

Release and reception[edit]

  • "Wings was an immediate success upon release, and became the yardstick..." - yardstick is mentioned here again, if you could clarify the meaning in the lead then this one can be clarified too. It doesn't matter if it can't be clarified though....
I think it's a common term, especially in the US.♦ Dr. Blofeld 09:58, 16 March 2014 (UTC)

On hold[edit]

This sounds like an epic film and I keep forgetting that it's silent! It is also an epic article that gathered around 7300 views in the past 15 days and an honourable one as it was the first ever film that gained an Oscar. The article has very little problems with it, the lead complies per WP:LEAD, the prose is good, all of the references are in check and there are next to no problems with this article apart from those minor copyediting issues I had mentioned above. I'll put this on hold for seven days and will happily give it its deserved GA status once those minor points have been addressed to! Jaguar 21:51, 15 March 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the review! Not really an epic film. The romance part of the plot is a bit wish washy, but given the period the aerial sequences are definitely impressive. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, The Jazz Singer, or Lang's Metropolis (film) (although ineligible) were more worthy Best Picture candidates for 1927 IMO. Still, technically a very impressive film for the period.♦ Dr. Blofeld 09:58, 16 March 2014 (UTC)

Close - promoted[edit]

The article now definitely meets the GA criteria - the only disappointment is the length of this review! Just comes to show how well made this article is. All sections are written well, references are in check and all of the issues mentioned above have been dealt with. There is nothing much to say other than well done on building this up to a GA standard! I only thought that this was an epic film due to its aerial sequences but maybe I'm wrong... Jaguar 21:02, 16 March 2014 (UTC)

It's very good you can watch it here although I vaguely recall there's adverts or something every 5 minutes. But watch this of the same year and you'll see what I mean!! Pales in comparison overall! Metropolis is a brilliant masterpiece which rates among the best films ever made IMO as does that Dr. Caligari I mentioned previously from 1920. I may have that (Metropolis (1927 film) at GAN in the near future, the current article is pretty good, needs mainly a sourcing overhaul and some additions. Wings is definitely special as the first Oscar though and aviation fanatics love it! Thanks for the review! ♦ Dr. Blofeld 21:59, 16 March 2014 (UTC)

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Public Domain?[edit]

Shouldn't this film have lapsed to the public domain decades ago? Or if not, who owns the rights? I trust this is valid information to add to the article. For instance:

 In 1997, Wings was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as
 being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant", and the film was re-released to Cinemark theaters to
 coincide with the 85th Anniversary for a limited run in May 2012. The Academy Film Archive preserved Wings in 2002.

Wouldn't those preservation efforts have made the film public domain or do I not understand those processes?--Ivo talk / contribs (join Project Portugal) 13:21, 16 April 2017 (UTC)