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Type of media Video

Approved Running time 142m 39s

Ratings Info Contains moderate battle violence

Genre(s) Drama, Romance, War

Director(s) William A. Wellman

Cast includes Clara Bow, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Richard Arlen, Jobyna Ralston, El Brendel, Richard Tucker, Gary Cooper, Gunboat Smith, Henry B. Walthall, Roscoe Karns, Julia Swayne Gordon, Arlette Marchal, Carl von Haartman

Cut This work was passed uncut.

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Ratings info publication date 04/09/2018

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

WINGS is a restoration of the 1927 black and white silent war film starring Clara Bow in which two love rivals join the US Army Air Service and are posted to France during the First World War.


The film includes several set piece battles on the ground, as well as a number of aerial dogfights. Soldiers and airmen are shot or bayoneted but with no clear injury detail and only occasional brief sight of blood in black and white. In one scene two men box as part of their military training. One man is twice knocked to the ground and a small trickle of blood runs from the corner of his mouth.

The film's caption cards contain a single use of very mild bad language ('hell'). On two occasions Germans soldiers are referred to as 'Heinies'. There are scenes of cigarette smoking but the film as a whole neither glamorises nor promotes the practice of smoking.


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The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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