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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)
Vladimir Burmistrov (as 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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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Worth seeing but very, very slow...and probably not for all tastes., 8 September 2011
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This is a film directed by Larisa Shepitko--a woman whose life was cut very short at age 41. Because Russian movies are generally pretty tough to come by here in the US and because her career was short, there aren't a lot of opportunities to see her films.

"Wings" is a very slow-moving film. This isn't necessarily a criticism--just a comment on the style. Instead of telling the viewer a lot about the lady who is the subject of the film, you slowly begin to learn more about her as she appears to be in the throes of an existential crisis.

Nadezhda Petrovna is a woman in her early 40s, though she appears much older. She is the principal of a high school but seems vaguely dissatisfied with her job and personal life. Watching her, she seems rather sexless and emotionally stunted--and a bit lost. As the film unfolds, you learn through brief flashback scenes that she was a pilot during WWII and apparently since then, she has been in a bit of a fog. And, the only time she smiles or seems at ease is when in an airplane. Throughout nearly all of the film, Petrovna walks about in a rather tentative and slow-motion manner--and it may take some getting used to in order to enjoy the film. Perhaps 'enjoy' is not the right word, as this isn't meant to be enjoyed but more appreciated for the character study that it is. Visually and especially musically, this is a very, very good film--very evocative but slow and with a rather vague ending that might disappoint many. I give it a 7, as it IS a quality production--but not one that I'd heartily endorse.

By the way, while this is NOT a funny film and won't elicit a lot of laughs, I did love seeing the school play where a few of the kids were dressed like nesting dolls (matryoshka dolls). This was pretty cute.

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