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The Tarnished Angels ()

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In the 1930's, a First World War flying ace named Roger Schumann is reduced to making appearances on the crash-and-burn circuit of stunt aerobatics. His family are forced to live like dogs while Shumann pursues his only true love, the airplane. When Burke Devlin, a reporter, shows up on the scene to do a "whatever happened to" story on Shumann, he is repulsed by the war hero's diminished circumstances and, conversely, drawn to his stunning wife, LaVerne. (imdb)

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The Tarnished Angels belongs to 24 collections
1. They Shoot Pictures 1,000 Greatest Films (2008 revision) (public: moderated by Scottathon - 34 stars)
2. Jonathan Rosenbaum's Top 1000 Movies (public: moderated by PeaceAnarchy - 34 stars)
3. They Shoot Pictures 1,000 Greatest Films (2010 revision) (public: moderated by MMAlpha - 29 stars)
4. They Shoot Pictures 1,000 Greatest Films (2014 revision) (public: moderated by Jehan - 26 stars)
5. They Shoot Pictures 1,000 Greatest Films (2012 revision) (public: moderated by PeaceAnarchy - 23 stars)
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Date User Score
May 14 laika laika
74 57%
May 06 Grandaddy
70 60%
Apr 04 CHIMP CHIMP
77 70%
Feb 01 krypt krypt
10 48%
Jan 23 oskarhu oskarhu
78 61%
Probably needs a revisit due to the complex dialogue and high intensity between characters. Rarely a story essentially without central elements of physical violence can be so bleak and rugged.
Dec 30, 2017 dean_
8 56%
Dec 20, 2017 Systematicer
60 45%
Nov 27, 2017 wetwillies wetwillies
85 54%
Viewed November 25, 2017.
Nov 26, 2017 kjones77
70 40%
Nov 19, 2017 fagus fagus
55 68%
Nov 17, 2017 teaty666 teaty666
50 45%
Sep 12, 2017 freestate
70 55%
Aug 02, 2017 whataboutit
91 87%
Jul 20, 2017 strangelime
90 79%
Jul 03, 2017 FreddieQuell FreddieQuell
74 62%
Jun 14, 2017 FVC
87 92%
Jun 13, 2017 meliorism meliorism
75 59%
Apr 18, 2017 rojatume
86 88%
One of the most simultaneously scary/funny/sad moments I've ever seen in a movie comes 47 minutes in, so keep an eye out for that.
Apr 05, 2017 92filmgeek
46 11%
Mar 23, 2017 norvaljones norval_jones
81 69%
Mar 20, 2017 thrillington
95 80%
Mar 11, 2017 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
72 85%
Feb 21, 2017 3_Qs ???
83 87%
Dec 23, 2016 auhasarderik auhasarderik
5 22%
Oct 23, 2016 jerrywarton
75 85%
Sep 15, 2016 Caracortada
67 75%
Aug 11, 2016 kyvetti kyvetti
58 38%
Aug 08, 2016 ECR E.C.R.
57 38%
Jul 30, 2016 henrybr
75 44%
Jul 04, 2016 Col_Needham
70 47%
Jun 30, 2016 bal3x bal3x
70 69%
Jun 10, 2016 Lonewolf2003
85 89%
Apr 13, 2016 mandy mandy
6 46%
Interesting because it is Douglas Sirk and packed with a cast of flawed characters,but lacks the brashness and glamour of some of his( in my opinion) better work.
Mar 27, 2016 WBadger WBadger
80 76%
Mar 16, 2016 RavynLoony RavynLoony
73 84%
Feb 28, 2016 FrancoZero FrancoZero
15 73%
Star Rating: ★★★★
Feb 18, 2016 chair39
40 32%
Feb 14, 2016 robot2xl robot2xl
83 99%
Jan 07, 2016 MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
39 81%
Jan 02, 2016 exitexitquit
78 72%
Dec 24, 2015 firebirdekb
64 39%
Dec 19, 2015 Lammetje Lammetje
70 49%
Dec 11, 2015 MichaelOKeef
50 32%
Dec 07, 2015 Dorkovsky Dorkovsky
6 76%
Nov 27, 2015 M-B-M
8 94%
Nov 27, 2015 coroner
80 83%
Oct 18, 2015 Niska Niska
41 69%
Aug 02, 2015 GRouleau
75 66%
Jul 17, 2015 thirdeye42
76 70%
May 18, 2015 zetes
90 82%
Apr 24, 2015 OldAle1
80 61%
Mar 23, 2015 Mr_Mxyzptlk Mr. Mxyzptlk
100 %
Jan 11, 2015 mightysparks mightysparks
50 39%
Dec 18, 2014 GrimsChild GrimsChild
40 37%
Dec 12, 2014 10kfilms
83 80%
Dec 05, 2014 brianmn
70 76%
Nov 22, 2014 maborosi maborosi
69 63%
Sep 19, 2014 Barthalen Barthalen
71 58%
Melodramatic, sure. But I'm always down for a story about a group of irrelevant, broken people that drag each other down because they're too stubborn and selfish to realise their dreams are either long dead or unobtainable. Ha, that totally reminds me of my [family/love life/time in kindergarten]. I can only hope that after my undoubtedly hilarious death in 2019, someone gives me a similarly awesome (drunken) eulogy like Hudson does here.
Sep 17, 2014 angela79at
10 0%
Aug 03, 2014 jackinthebox jackinthebox
70 56%
Jul 21, 2014 fabiovisnadi fabiovisnadi
92 86%
Jul 07, 2014 yolfi yolfi
76 95%
Jun 27, 2014 Coheed
90 89%
Jun 19, 2014 readingowl
75 24%
Jun 06, 2014 Mattsdmf
78 59%
Mar 11, 2014 drawingboard drawingboard
70 44%
Feb 14, 2014 Not_Yuman Not Yuman
90 85%
Jan 14, 2014 FMMVS
50 7%
Jan 01, 2014 TraverseTown TraverseTown
45 28%
Dec 01, 2013 joachimt joachimt
80 85%
Nov 27, 2013 HVM
70 48%
Oct 28, 2013 popolinka Thegoodboy
54 42%
Oct 21, 2013 Jorg
70 63%
Oct 20, 2013 matty5190 matty5190
80 39%
Sep 22, 2013 balabead balabead
40 36%
Sep 16, 2013 Limdebois Limdebois
60 33%
Aug 07, 2013 Barkinson
60 62%
Jun 27, 2013 mallamp
80 75%
Mar 28, 2013 aneves
78 51%
Oct 20, 2012 fellipe_1806
85 65%
Oct 09, 2012 elmakebabi elmakebabi
72 68%
Sep 12, 2012 andymalafaia andymalafaia
60 66%
Aug 03, 2012 B_Side B-Side
75 58%
Jul 03, 2012 netsirhc
8 87%
Jun 25, 2012 Linara Linara
87 49%
Jun 25, 2012 viniciusjn viniciusjn
90 80%
Jun 17, 2012 JM1138
73 69%
Jun 10, 2012 DerDude DerDude
9 86%
May 31, 2012 debaser1985
66 43%
Apr 29, 2012 outlandish outlandish
70 48%
Apr 21, 2012 nrm4
66 65%
Apr 07, 2012 Gordon_Cole Gordon Cole
74 57%
Feb 12, 2012 Magmadiver Magmadiver
91 88%
Nov 30, 2011 theyshoot11
70 40%
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Oct 18, 2011 BaalMan
75 40%
Oct 12, 2011 P_Lemgruber burmashave
89 79%
Oct 06, 2011 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
67 80%
Jun 29, 2011 jodamico jodamico
81 83%
Mar 20, 2011 gaucho
7 96%
Jan 28, 2011 IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
73 61%
Jan 03, 2011 jef_costello jef costello
81 70%
Dec 21, 2010 svenerik svenerik
85 71%
Yes, one misses the garish hues of Sirk's color work, but Malone, Stack & Hudson are marvelous together and c'mon, Bill Faulkner wrote it!
Dec 01, 2010 Madeline Madeline
91 59%
Nov 04, 2010 driscarpin driscarpin
85 79%
Oct 07, 2010 JooJoo JooJoo
5 79%
Sep 28, 2010 JerryJ JerryJ
100 94%
Sep 12, 2010 jeffv jeff_v
75 80%
Sep 10, 2010 frg frg
10 95%
Aug 30, 2010 Dally Dally
80 65%
Aug 16, 2010 m4th3u5
90 75%
May 05, 2010 rudolf55
88 64%
Apr 30, 2010 Derrick_X Derrick X
86 91%
Mar 10, 2010 margot margot
97 79%
Feb 14, 2010 hehejaja hehejaja
60 39%
Jan 19, 2010 onetwothree
80 96%
Jan 14, 2010 theyshoot10
69 38%
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Jan 01, 2010 kastenm kastenm
74 69%
Dec 02, 2009 cinebaixar
80 53%
Nov 30, 2009 Walterpoa Walterpoa
57 21%
Oct 28, 2009 Vertiggo Vertiggo
77 51%
Oct 26, 2009 winds winds
7 91%
Sep 15, 2009 Jos Jos
88 88%
Sep 09, 2009 negative
3 %
Jul 08, 2009 FitFortDanga MartinTeller
72 42%
Photographically, this is some of Sirk's best work, even in black and white... especially in the stunning aviation sequences, but also the moody lighting. And some of the dialogue sparkles (which is likely more Faulkner's doing than Sirk's) and Hudson delivers a speech worthy of Chayefsky. But otherwise it's not that hot. Sirk does melodrama better than anyone, and the movie is certainly watchable, but there just isn't much to it. Still worth seeing, though.
Jun 02, 2009 spiritofeden
87 93%
Apr 28, 2009 flowing flowing
69 76%
Apr 22, 2009 imdb imdb
73 78%
Apr 09, 2009 Seryxa Seryxa
0 15%
Unsatisfactory attempt to reunite the talents of _Written on the Wind_; a dull story, very boringly presented.
Mar 19, 2009 PeaceAnarchy PeaceAnarchy
83 72%
Sirk melodrama's just not the same without technicolor. Even so, it's pretty enthralling and the characters are deeply flawed but still make you root for them.
Feb 10, 2009 undinum undinum
95 94%
Feb 02, 2009 kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
75 86%
Jan 09, 2009 schnofel schnofel
50 37%
Dec 19, 2008 theyshoot08
72 44%
556
Sep 24, 2008 filmaffinity filmaffinity
73 89%
Sep 01, 2008 coltrane
4 47%
Apr 30, 2008 Mango
4 34%
Apr 27, 2008 MrsEmmaPeel MrsEmmaPeel
80 64%
Apr 16, 2008 soliloquist soliloquist
51 3%
Mar 18, 2008 RNG
41 41%
Mar 01, 2008 theyshoot07
71 53%
# 573
Jan 10, 2008 gsmiller
50 10%
Dec 19, 2007 Moribunny Moribunny
78 87%
It's true that some of Sirk's striking, expressive visual style is lost without the colors, but The Tarnished Angels is still very good. It's a bit similar to his more celebrated Written on the Wind (Rock Hudson is after Robert Stack's woman) and I actually like this one a bit better. It's not an easy movie. Goes without saying it's a contrived melodrama that betrays the genre by being so dense and complicated, but this one also has not one likable character, not even Hudson's.
Dec 10, 2007 welike
50 97%
May 05, 2007 Stain Stain
50 33%
Douglas Sirk without his highly artificial colors is just not that fun. Also I'm kind of tired of this "Hollywood High Drama" style of movie, which is also highly artificial but not in a good way
Apr 27, 2007 Theyshootpic
46 57%
Average Percentile 62.35% from 145 Rankings rss