In the early days of the 20th century, a British Newspaper offers a prize for the winner of a cross channel air race which brings flyers from all over the world. There are many sub-plots as the flyers jockey for position and the affections of various women. Written by
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The are two real vintage aircraft to be seen in this film. The first is a 1910 Deperdussin Monoplane is seen "revving-up" on the ground when we first arrive at Brookley. The second is a 1912 Blackburn 'Type D' Monoplane, which seen on the ground at Brookley and Dover (Aircraft #6) it is the one swung out of the way of the runaway 'tailess' German biplane, just after it has crashed through the back of the "Ware-Armitage" hanger. The Blackburn is flown by Mr Mac Dougall, played by Gordon Jackson. See more »
When the German plane is running amok around the airfield, one shot has it going straight at the fire engine. The firemen are standing on the right side of the engine holding onto the main supply hose which is normally attached to the side of the engine.
The next shot shows them clambering aboard the engine to get out of the way of the plane. The hose is now attached back on the side of the fire engine. See more »
Fox played this movie today and I watched it. Preceding the movie was a collection of scary, gory clips that I couldn't show my kids. So when I channel-flipped back to it I was doubly shocked at how enjoyable this film was. This is one of many films that America is incapable of producing due to it's optimism, emphasis on living and view of the future. It is just a fun movie so perhaps I shouldn't make it sound so serious. There are plenty of disasters but all seem done in fun and humor. The race is started by a bunch of people who [by and large] want to win at any cost. In the end... the moral of the story seems to be that those who live with honor win in the end. It's a sort of reminder about points like this. It is refreshing to see a film like this once in awhile. It is long... but make sure and watch at least half of it. Especially if you have kids. Oh- it is also somewhat funny. I would say that it's a comedy but contains neither slapstick nor 'sophisticated' humor. Little things such as seeing the dog flying shotgun in the back seat of an old plane with the sign saying something like 'I am the first dog ever to fly in an airplane' or so are typical of the silly going ons.
If you've seen + liked films such as 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' or 'It's a Mad Mad Mad World' then know this film is different but you may like it.
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