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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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Anton Diffring ...
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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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There was no quiet on the Western Front for the heroes and cowards who flew to their rendezvous with Hell! See more »

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Action | Drama | Romance | War

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21 June 1966 (USA)  »

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Der blaue Max  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Fox wasn't able to rent any of he surviving WWI planes still extant, so they built their own. The aircraft were later used in "Darling Lily" and "You Can't Win Them All." See more »

Goofs

The German soldiers were using the British SMLE (Short Magazine Lee Enfield) throughout the movie. The correct German rifle should be the Mauser. Mauser rifles do not have a visible magazine, whereas the Enfield does. 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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Connections

Referenced in Yellow Submarine (1968) 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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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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