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


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 »

Alternate Versions

Western version (re-cut) is entitled "ON WINGS OF EAGLES" See more »

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Good human interest story, complementary to "Chariots of Fire."
6 April 2018 | by TxMikeSee all my reviews

My wife and I watched this movie at home on DVD from our public library.

In 1981 was a movie "Chariots of Fire". The IMDb synopsis is "Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew, and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics." That Christian athlete was Eric Liddell (lid-uhl) who set a record but refused to compete in trials scheduled on a Sunday.

This movie "Wings" is a continuation of that story some years later as Liddell has returned to China, where he was born to British missionaries, to teach. Joseph Fiennes plays the role of Eric Liddell and most of the movie is during WW2 when the Japanese have imprisoned many of them.

It is a good study of who Liddell was and how he likely sacrificed himself to provide freedom for others. Not a pleasant movie but a meaningful one.

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