Island in the Sky

Theatrical Release: September 5, 1953
DVD Release: May 3, 2007
Island in the Sky
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Synopsis

Blending desolation and anguish with an invincible spirit, director William Wellman’s tense drama stars John Wayne as Capt. Dooley, a seasoned World War II transport pilot forced into an emergency landing in Labrador’s frosty wasteland. Dooley and his four crewmen, who are ill prepared for the situation, must combat the elements as they anxiously await rescue. Lloyd Nolan, James Arness and Andy Devine turn in first-rate supporting performances.

Dove Review

This movie deserves its standing as a classic film. It has high drama, some action, and suspense to boot. It also has the highly likable John Wayne in the lead role as Dooley, the pilot of the plane who remains loyal to his crew when the plane has to make an emergency landing. The crew must deal with frigid temperatures, a dwindling food supply and a race against time to be found.

The themes of friendship, loyalty and dealing with death are important themes the viewer will relate to. The film still holds up well today as it focuses on the characters. We gladly award this movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: A man is thrown out a window but it is played in a comical way for laughs; ice strikes plane and a plane has to make an emergency landing; a pilot has to strike one of his crew members who becomes hysterical.
Sex: A man looks at a "girlie" drawing of a woman with short skirt but it's fairly tame.
Language: Dang-1; a "Thank God" comment and "Thank God Almighty".
Violence: A man is thrown out a window but it is played in a comical way for laughs; ice strikes plane and a plane has to make an emergency landing; a pilot has to strike one of his crew members who becomes hysterical.
Drugs: Smoking; a comment about getting drunk.
Nudity: Boys and man in bathing suits at the YMCA.
Other: The Lord's Prayer is said aloud; one character becomes lost in the snow and cold and dies.

Info

Company: Paramount Home Entertainment
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 109 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter