Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Credited cast:
Steve Kirby
Arlene Baker
Johnny Summers
Mike Farrel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brian Burke
Len Crowther
Larry Trahan


Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on novel | See All (1) »


A pilot, trapped in an uncharted wilderness, stakes his life on the frail wings of a wild bird! The message it carries was his last hope for rescue! See more »








Release Date:

1 March 1961 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


CAD 180,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?

Crazy Credits

The MPAA seal and the film's copyright notice appear on the Universal-International logo. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

poignant, truly Canadian tale of outdoor survival

Red Kirby is a seasoned bush pilot. When he crash lands his plane near a remote lake in northern Alberta, he is initially optimistic that he will soon be rescued. However, as the months drag by, Kirby realizes that he must take his fate into his own hands. To combat the loneliness, he befriends a family of Canada geese. This action eventually leads to his rescue.

This story of outdoor survival became a classic shortly after its release in 1961. Based on the book, Kirby's Gander, by John Patrick Gillese, the movie is the first full-length feature film ever shot in Canada.

Wings of Chance is a superb example of a first-rate plot in a wilderness setting. In a memorable blend of action and psychological drama, the plot moves seamlessly. Suspense builds as viewers sympathize with the main character.

Wings of Chance is a MUST VIEW movie for all film buffs. It is an exception to the many slow movies of the sixties, combining stunning Canadian scenery with a captivating story. Watch for the author of the book, John Patrick Gillese, in a cameo performance as one of the bush pilots searching for the downed Red Kirby.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: