Wings of Courage [IMAX]
Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: +3

Large-screen, panoramic 3D views of frozen Andes mountaintops make a breathtaking backdrop for the heroic efforts of a lone pilot to deliver European mail from Santiago, Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1930. Henri Guillaumet (Craig Sheffer) is hired by two world-renowned French aviators, Jean Mermoz (Val Kilmer) and Antoine de St. Exupery (Tom Hulce), to fly mail between France and South America with their company. A bad storm damages his bi-plane and stalls Henri's first attempt to cross the South American mountains, but he sets out again the next morning. While his adoring wife, Noelle (Elizabeth McGovern), waits anxiously in Santiago, a phone call from Antoine informs her that Henri's plane is lost somewhere in the mountains. Determined to deliver his mail, Henri walks across the icy Andes for six days, knowing that if he stops he will freeze to death. Challenged by Mermoz's words, "If you crash, you'll never be found again," and determined to get back to Noelle, Henri proves Mermoz wrong. A true story, WINGS OF COURAGE showcases the awesome visual power of IMAX screens. It's well worth the price of admission.

Demonstrating a strong sense of duty and honor, Henri's first priority is to save his cargo - the mail. When the plane is forced down, he first attempts to carry it with him, but it's much too heavy. He then buries it beside the plane and marks the site for future rescue, making a mental note of the exact longitude and latitude. As he walks in a daze from lack of sleep and freezing cold, memories of Noelle urge him onward. His faithful stoicism contrasts sharply with that of Mermoz, a flamboyant, daring pilot with a long list of female admirers. Henri knows his wife will never give up hope for his return. In fact, when his boss tells Noelle that the search has been called off, she insists her husband will walk out of the mountains. In 40 minutes, WINGS OF COURAGE presents a story of strength, bravery and determination without cursing, sexual content or violence that pad shallow plots of many longer films.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classic, 550 Madison Avenue, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022

Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: None
Profanity: None
Violence: Once - Moderate (plane crash, no serious injury)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Once (flirtatious pilot dances tango with woman)
Drug Abuse: Few times (smoking cigarettes, alcohol drinking in nightclub)
Other: Heroic deeds by pilot to save mail; courage, strength and determination portrayed
Running Time: 40 minutes
Intended Audience: Ages 10 and older

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