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1996 (USA) See more »
A fascinating and human portrayal of a once-famous fighter pilot and loyal Stalinist named Nadezhda Petrovna... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Mayya Bulgakova ... Nadezhda Petrukhina
Sergey Nikonenko ... Sergei Bystryakov
Zhanna Bolotova ... Tanya
Panteleymon Krymov ... Pavel Gavrilovich (as Pantelejmon Krymov)
Leonid Dyachkov ... Mitya Grachov
Vladimir Gorelov ... Igor
Yuri Medvedev ... Boris Grigoryevich
Nikolay Grabbe ... Kostya Shuvalov
Zhanna Aleksandrova ... Zinka
Rimma Markova ... Shura (as Rimma Nikitina-Markova)
Arkadi Trusov ... Morozov
Olga Gobzeva ... Journalist
Boris Yurchenko ... Sinitsin
Evgeniy Evstigneev ... Misha
Natalya Gitserot (as N. Gitserot)
Mariya Kravchunovskaya (as M. Kravchunovskaya)
Pyotr Dolzhanov (as P. Dolzhanov)
Vadim Mikhaylov (as V. Mikhajlov)
V. Burmistrov
S. Veselov
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
O. Grabak
P. Gurov
Yu. Kryuchkov
K. Panchenko
T. Posnikova
V. Vulf
V. Zalivin

Directed by
Larisa Shepitko 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Valentin Ezhov 
Natalya Ryazantseva 

Original Music by
Roman Ledenyov 
Cinematography by
Igor Slabnevich 
Film Editing by
L. Lysenkova 
Production Design by
Ivan Plastinkin 
Costume Design by
A. Dokuchayeva 
Music Department
Veronika Dudarova .... conductor

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Also Known As:
"Krylya" - Soviet Union (original title)
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85 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Featured in Women Filmmakers in Russia (1988)See more »


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29 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
fascinating and slow paced post-war movie, 1 November 2004
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

This Russian film is about the fortunes of former war heroine flyer Nadezhda Petrukhina, who is working as a schoolteacher in the aftermath of the war and becoming increasingly dissatisfied with her lot. Her daughter Tanya (Zhanna Bolotova) has married an older man, Igor, who Petrukhina clearly thinks isn't good enough for her, while the teacher is herself courted by a museum director, Pavel Gavrilovich (Pantelejmon Krymov).

Centring on the former lady flyer and taking the film at a nice slow pace, we follow her through several days and activities such as going to a museum, catching up with old friends at the airfield, meeting Igor's more intellectualised friends, and chewing the fat with a cafe waitress, eventually waltzing with her to the strains of the Great Waltz.

'Wings' is a film of quiet beauty which remains long in the memory after you've seen it - whether it is the school play you remember, with the dancing Russian dolls, or the cleaner mopping the school corridors, or Boris the deputy head painting the walls, or the sight of Petrukhina muching sausage with the workers in the pub, or the final swoop of wings as she takes to the sky once more, or the flashbacks to her co-flyer sweetheart in the war.

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