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The Blue Max (1966)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 21 June 1966 (USA)
A young pilot in the German air force of 1918, disliked as lower-class and unchivalrous, tries ambitiously to earn the medal offered for 20 kills.

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Elfi Heidemann (as Loni Von Friedl)
Friedrich von Ledebur ...
Feldmarschall von Lenndorf (as Friedrich Ledebur)
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Hugo Schuster ...
Hans. Elderly Servant
Alex Scott ...
The Orator
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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 Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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MIRACLES IN THE AIR! far from the mud and bayonets of no man's land... See more »

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Action | Drama | Romance | War

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Der blaue Max  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

As already mentioned in the "Goofs" section: The German soldiers are seen inaccurately armed with the British SMLE (Short Magazine Lee Enfield) rifle. (The Anachronistic SMLE No. 4 Mk I rifle including the equally anachronistic No. 9 Bayonet, the latter which was not available until 1947.)

By contrast, the British troops in the movie are (correctly) seen armed with the "SMLE Mk III" which was used by the British Army from 1907 and beyond, including the First World War. The rifle is also armed with the P1907 "sword" bayonet which was standard at the time. See more »

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In several scenes of burning aircraft, smoke can be clearly seen coming from charges mounted under the wings, rather than from the engine. See more »

Quotes

Otto Heidemann: [saddened by Willi's death] He was a better man than you.
Bruno Stachel: Well, he's dead!
Otto Heidemann: Is that your test?
Bruno Stachel: Yes! And that was his test too!
Otto Heidemann: What do you ,mean?
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Referenced in The Monkees: Monkees Race Again (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Deutschlandlied
(uncredited)
Music by Joseph Haydn
Lyrics by August Heinrich Hoffman von Fallersleben
Played at Stachel's medal presentation
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A Terrific WWI Air War Movie With Real Planes & No CGI
4 November 2006 | by (Brooklyn, New York) – See all my reviews

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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