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The greatest gift you can give is the gift of hope. You can't abandon people who need help the most just because it starts to get hard, or even dangerous. You have to keep doing what you can for those in need no matter what. Keep fighting for what's right. Pray for your enemies.
Positive Role Models
Eric Liddell is a strong role model of compassion and courage. He insists on helping those in need and sacrifices his own comfort and happiness to do so. He bravely speaks up to authority figures, pointing out injustices even if he'll be punished for it. His friend and aide Xu Niu is loyal and supportive.
The cast is a mix of White Europeans and East Asians. English, Chinese, Japanese, and French are spoken. Some stereotyping.
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Violence & Scariness
Wartime violence includes bombings, soldiers raiding, beatings with rifle butts, whipping, and punching. Bloody injuries are shown. A child is killed in a bombing and another is killed on an electric fence. There are also several scenes of a nosebleed from illness with blood dripping and smearing. Some brief footage of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Married couples kiss a few times.
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Products & Purchases
Some indistinct vintage labels and a poster ad for cigarettes.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A few brief, historically-accurate depictions of smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that On Wings of Eagles is a biography of Olympic gold medalist Eric Liddell's life after the 1924 Olympics when he returned to China, where he was placed in an internment camp by the invading Japanese army. Wartime violence includes bombings, soldiers raiding, beatings with rifle butts, and people being whipped. Mildly gory, bloody injuries are shown. A child is killed in a bombing and another is killed on an electric fence. There are also several scenes of a nosebleed from illness with blood dripping and smearing. There's one use of "dammit," and a few people are seen smoking cigarettes. Married couples kiss a few times. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie treats its subject with a great deal of reverence, but it falls short of really showing viewers who Eric Liddell really was. On Wings of Eagles credits three writers and two directors, which might be why some of the events and characters are hard to follow or place in context. The acting and production quality are overall very good, but many viewers might feel like they're watching character types do pretty much what you'd expect them to do instead of helping us get to know them. Viewers who share Liddell's belief in the power of prayer may not mind the shortcomings and be able to appreciate Liddell's nearly flawless example of keeping the faith.
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