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The tactics of a German fighter pilot offend his aristocratic comrades but win him his country's most honored medal, the Blue Max. The General finds him useful as a hero even though his wife also finds him useful as a love object. In the end the General arranges for him to test-fly an untried fighter. Written by
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One of the stunt pilots was Joan Hughes MBE who had been Britain's youngest female pilot at age 17. In WW2, she ferried aircraft with the Air Transport Auxiliary and was the first female flying instructor qualified to instruct on all military plane types at the time. She became one of Britian's first female test pilots. See more »
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A Terrific WWI Air War Movie With Real Planes & No CGI
What a refreshing movie to watch.
I saw this movie with my father in 1966. He always loved the bi-planes of World War I and they thrill me to this day.
The title, though central to the theme of the movie is really a misnomer to the enjoyment of this film. You actually get to see r-e-a-l aircraft in combat without the cartoon effects of CGI.
This is movie making in the school of the other Cinamascope greats: Somewhat weak on plot, but so absolutely cool in visual execution, that you overlook the script's lack of depth.
I'm not saying that this movie doesn't have a plot. It's a solid story with somewhat shallow character development. But in the end, the characters were secondary to a story of bravery, early air war history and tactics and the wearing away of chivalry in an era of a nation fighting for survival in the end of hours.
Acting was good, direction was fine and choreography using actual aircraft was among the last of it's kind.
I give this an 8 out of 10 for displaying concrete reality in an era of cartoon gimmicks.
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