Red Kirby is a seasoned bush pilot. When he crash lands his plane near a remote lake in northern Alberta, he is initially optimistic that he will soon be rescued. However, as the months drag by, Kirby realizes that he must take his fate into his own hands. To combat the loneliness, he befriends a family of Canada geese. This action eventually leads to his rescue.
This story of outdoor survival became a classic shortly after its release in 1961. Based on the book, Kirby's Gander, by John Patrick Gillese, the movie is the first full-length feature film ever shot in Canada.
Wings of Chance is a superb example of a first-rate plot in a wilderness setting. In a memorable blend of action and psychological drama, the plot moves seamlessly. Suspense builds as viewers sympathize with the main character.
Wings of Chance is a MUST VIEW movie for all film buffs. It is an exception to the many slow movies of the sixties, combining stunning Canadian scenery with a captivating story. Watch for the author of the book, John Patrick Gillese, in a cameo performance as one of the bush pilots searching for the downed Red Kirby.
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