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The Blue Max (1966)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 21 June 1966 (USA)
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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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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Derek Newark ...
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Elfi Heidemann (as Loni Von Friedl)
Friedrich von Ledebur ...
Feldmarschall von Lenndorf (as Friedrich Ledebur)
Carl Schell ...
Hugo Schuster ...
Hans. Elderly Servant
Alex Scott ...
The Orator
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Storyline

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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21 June 1966 (USA)  »

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| (magnetic prints) (Westrex Recording System)| (optical prints) (Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The monoplane back story was based on the events regarding the historical Fokker D.VIII which also suffered from structural weakness and caused at least one death. The aircraft eventually entered service on the 24th October 1918. See more »

Goofs

While flying the Triplanes, when ever there is a close up of Bruno and Willi, the cabane struts and top wing are clearly visible. However, when there is a close up from about 45 degrees to the pilot's right, the cabane struts and top wing are missing. The lower mounting lug for the rear cabane strut is visible. Obviously the strut and the wing got in the way of the shot of the actor and had to be removed. See more »

Quotes

[about von Klugerman's kills]
Bruno Stachel: You've got 18, haven't you?
Willi von Klugermann: Squadron Rule #1, Stachel: Gentlemen never parade their military achievements.
Bruno Stachel: Any rule against... saying how long it took you?
Willi von Klugermann: I would say that was covered by the same rule, wouldn't you?
Bruno Stachel: No. I wouldn't. How many rules are there?
Willi von Klugermann: I don't know: none of them have been written down.
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Connections

Referenced in Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #2.22 (1969) 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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Underrated epic
25 June 2004 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

As a kid I used to force myself to stay up half the night whenever this movie would appear on late night TV. It has never lost its ability to intrigue, and every time I see it I find new dimensions to appreciate. Beyond the spectacular aerial photography, I found the core moral dilemma the most engaging aspect of the film. While the German aristocrats see an absolute need for chivalry and honor to maintain their humanity in the face of horror and death, Stachel sees only hypocrisy and prefers the honesty of naked aggression and ambition. Ultimately, it is left up to the viewer to decide the morality of their philosophies. On the downside, I've always found it hard to accept Peppard as German, and the dry performance of Andress brings the pace to a dead halt whenever she appears on screen. Mason was brilliant as ever, though, as were Vogler and Kemp.


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