On Wings of Eagles

DVD Release: November 3, 2017
On Wings of Eagles


Eric Liddell – China’s first gold medalist and one of Scotland’s greatest athletes – returns to war-torn China.

Dove Review

On Wings of Eagles is the amazing story of 1924 Olympic Gold-medalist Eric Liddell, a Scottish man who felt the call of God to be a missionary and teach in China. But it would not be without cost. After the Olympics, Liddell made the journey back to China to teach, despite the raging war and cruelty of the Japanese soldiers. This film is about endurance and, especially, hope, which is the central theme of the film. Liddell undergoes cruelty at the hands of the soldiers and watches others undergo the same treatment. His great victory at the summer Paris Olympics was quite a contrast to what happened to him during World War 2.

We see Liddell with his wife and daughters early in the film, and while he is away, she delivers a third daughter. He is sorry to leave them to go teach, not realizing the captivity that awaits him and others. He is captured while performing a wedding ceremony when soldiers show up at the church and halt the wedding.

In one scene, Liddell, nearly starved, is forced to race against a Japanese soldier when he falters and falls. Later, in order to secure medicine for a man that is dying, he agrees to race again. He wins this time, but the medicine is withheld from the man anyway. To make things worse, a young boy, who was bringing the medicine while the electrical fence was turned off, is electrocuted when the cruel commander orders it back on, knowing full well the boy is scaling the fence at that very moment.

Joseph Fiennes gives an excellent performance as Liddell. The story, rich in character development, is based on true events. This movie will have the viewer upset at the treatment of the characters and then admiring them for their perseverance. Eric, also known as the Flying Scotsman, is now commemorated in a monument in China featuring these words from Isaiah: “They shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary.” The hope that Eric Liddell held onto is what enabled him to deal with incredible suffering. What a message this movie contains! We are pleased to award it our Faith-Friendly Seal for ages 12+.

Content Description

Faith: Several people including Liddell hold on to their overt Christian faith despite suffering.
Integrity: Several characters show integrity and loyalty to each other and to God.
Sex: A husband and wife kiss as does another husband and wife.
Language: H*ll-1; Da*n it-1; "You stupid kid"-1
Violence: A boy is electrocuted on a fence but it is not overly graphic; several bombings and in one scene a child is killed, but it is not shown—we just see a man's reaction to it; a man flees from soldiers who pursue him and it is stated he was taken care of; soldiers halt a wedding ceremony in a church; a child chases after his father and falls on the pavement and his two bloody knees are seen; a few characters are hit with rifles and some blood is seen on them; a few characters are beaten; a man is whipped and cries out in pain.
Drugs: A man is seen with a cigarette; the smoking of a cigarette and pipe; alcohol is seen.
Nudity: Shirtless man
Other: Several characters are taken to a prison camp; tension between characters; a husband and wife are separated in a prison camp but find each other later on; a few characters are put into a solitary hole as punishment; death and grief; a man with an illness bleeds from his nose.


Company: Goodland Pictures
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 98 min.
Reviewer: Ed C