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Directed by Howard Hawks

United States 1939 121 mins.

Hawks’ fourth film about air-bound transit stars Cary Grant as Geoff Carter, a pilot for a small airline whose main task is delivering the mail to and from a remote camp in the foothills of the Andes. Carter manages several other pilots who repeatedly take massive risks due to the treacherous terrain and the limitations of their aircraft. Bonnie (Jean Arthur) appears in the tiny outpost and, realizing the senselessness by which the men act, quickly becomes their moral compass. But when Carter’s outfit has the opportunity to secure a huge contract at great risk, the unit is forced to face a choice: immediate safety or earning a living. In a world where everyone around them stoically faces their own mortality on a daily basis, Bonnie and Carter become entangled due to their refusal in the end to uphold the status quo.

Restored in 4k digital from the original nitrate picture negative and composite duplicate negative by Sony Pictures Entertainment at Colorworks.



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