This is a remarkable low-budget production from a talented cast and crew, with a plot anticipating that of Howard Hawks' ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS (1939) and Henri-Georges Clouzot's THE WAGES OF FEAR (1953). A group of self-exiled pilots have accepted the dangerous job of flying supplies
from a central base camp to isolated mines, using antiquated aircraft to power them over the rugged Andes mountains. The men are sequestered by boss Stevens in an austere, womanless compound (virtually a company town, its occupants enslaved by debt), but the potentially volatile situation is held
in check through the quiet strength of chief pilot Morris, who watches them fly to ultimate death, one by one. One day, Heflin, who has lost his pilot's license for an infraction that resulted in a death, appears with Bourne, his lovely young wife, the only woman worthy of fantasy to have been
seen by the group in years. With difficulty, Morris restrains the tinderbox situation her presence represents, though falls in love with her in the process. When the brash but weak Heflin shows signs of breaking up, Morris shoulders the added responsibility of attempting to keep him alive. In a
final effort at redemption, Heflin takes the pitiless Stevens on a terminal flight, ramming his plane into an Andean peak. Morris and Bourne finally escape the confines of the camp.
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- Review: This is a remarkable low-budget production from a talented cast and crew, with a plot anticipating that of Howard Hawks' ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS (1939) and Henri-Georges Clouzot's THE WAGES OF FEAR (1953). A group of self-exiled pilots have accepted the dan… (more)
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