Wings of Courage

Wings of Courage

IMAX theatrical release poster
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
Produced by Jean-Jacques Annaud
Richard Briggs
Antoine Compin
Charis Horton
Written by Alain Godard
Jean-Jacques Annaud
Starring Craig Sheffer
Tom Hulce
Elizabeth McGovern
Val Kilmer
Music by Gabriel Yared
Cinematography Robert Fraisse
Edited by Louise Rubacky
Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
Release dates
  • April 21, 1995 (1995-04-21) (United States)
  • September 18, 1996 (1996-09-18) (France)
Running time
40 minutes
(United States)
50 minutes
Country France
United States
Language English
Budget $20 million[1]
Box office $15,054,636[2]

Wings of Courage is a 1995 American-French drama film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. The 40-minute picture was written by Annaud with Alain Godard. It was the first dramatic picture shot in the IMAX format, and the first 3-D IMAX fiction film.

The film is an account of the real-life story of early airmail pilot Henri Guillaumet (Craig Sheffer), whose small plane crashes in the South American Andes, forcing him to trek back to civilization on foot. Meanwhile, the story follows his family and friends at home, and their growing concern for him. Elizabeth McGovern, Val Kilmer and Tom Hulce also star.[3]



  1. Brendan I. Koerner. The Little Documentary That Could: What's IMAX's biggest hit? A schlocky NASA film., Slate Magazine website, August 25, 2006. Retrieved September 12, 2011.
  2. "Wings of Courage (IMAX) (1995)". Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  3. James, Caryn. Wings of Courage (1995 Film Review), The New York Times, 21 April 1995. Retrieved from website, 28 September 2012.
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