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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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Elfi Heidemann (as Loni Von Friedl)
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Feldmarschall von Lenndorf (as Friedrich Ledebur)
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Hans. Elderly Servant
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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! See more »

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Action | Drama | Romance | War

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Ursula Andress was dubbed by Nikki Van der Zyl, who previously dubbed her in Dr. No (1962). See more »

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The Iron Cross national insignia on the German aircraft were incorrect for that period of World War One. See more »

Quotes

Willi von Klugermann: [When Willi picks wounded Stachel at the aid station] Does it hurt?
Bruno Stachel: ...Yes.
Willi von Klugermann: Tell me... ah... never having suffered it personally, what does it feel like... to be shot down?
Bruno Stachel: Well... well, I'd rather you found that out for yourself.
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Referenced in Return to the Edge of the World (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437
(a.k.a. "The Emperor Waltz") (uncredited)
Composed by Johann Strauss (1889)
[Heard under scenes of the aristocracy]
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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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