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On Wings of Eagles (2016)

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Eric Liddell - China's first gold medalist and one of Scotland's greatest athletes - returns to war-torn China.


Stephen Shin, Michael Parker (co-director)





Credited cast:
Joseph Fiennes ... Eric Liddell
Bruce Locke ... Old Xu Niu (voice)
Richard Sanderson ... Dr. Hubbard
Augusta Xu-Holland ... Catherine Standish
Elizabeth Arends ... Florence Liddell
Shawn Dou ... Xu Niu
Jesse Kove ... Hugh Johnson
Simon Twu ... Chen Quan
Darren Grosvenor Darren Grosvenor ... Gentleman
Shigeo Kobayashi Shigeo Kobayashi ... Yoshinori Yumoto
Zach Ireland Zach Ireland ... David Marshall
Laura Justine Friis Lodahl Laura Justine Friis Lodahl ... Patricia Liddell
Patrice Poujol Patrice Poujol ... Louis Klein
Asta Friis Lodahl Asta Friis Lodahl ... Heather Liddell


Eric Liddell may have won gold for the United Kingdom and possessed a lilting Highland brogue, but he was born in China and lived more than half his life there evangelizing and teaching. On Wings of Eagles is everything you ever wanted to know about what happened to Liddell - who famously refused to run an Olympic race on a Sunday to honor God - after the 1924 Olympics when he returned to China, the home of his heart. But Eric's beloved homeland is about to be occupied by Imperial Japan. Written by AnonymousB

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Drama | History | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for some violent images | See all certifications »



China | Hong Kong | USA


English | Mandarin | Japanese

Release Date:

3 November 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Race See more »

Filming Locations:

Tianjin, China

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64 minutes in the film one of the prisoners at a Japanese World War II internment camp is looking at a photo of Ziegfeld girl, Dorothy Flood, See more »

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Half biopic, half human interest drama
29 September 2018 | by shakercoolaSee all my reviews

Joseph Fiennes is well cast as Eric Liddell, the Scottish Olympic Gold Medalist runner and Christian missionary caught up in the Japanese army occupation of China. The theme is the gift of hope and it is a touching story, if distinctly average viewing. Sadly, the film doesn't set the scene well in the first act - it rushed to conflict and felt like a TV movie in its rushed pacing and overly sentimental storyline. Liddel's affection towards children, as a form of exposition, was overplayed when more crucial biographical and background information would have helped with context, especially those not especially familiar with the Eric Liddell story. The scenes in the concentration camps lacked tension and didn't do justice to the much worse conditions people suffered. Essentially, it is a straight sequel to Chariots of Fire, but without committing to being a proper biopic.

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