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The Blue Max (1966)

 -  Adventure | Drama | War  -  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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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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Adventure | Drama | War | Action

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21 June 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El crepúsculo de las aguilas  »

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The majority of Stachel's Squadrons aircraft comprises of the "Fokker D.VII", though Stachel himself is first assigned an "out-of-date" Pfalz D.IIIa aircraft and later a Fokker Dr.1 (triplane). See more »

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In two scenes of airplanes crashing (Stachel's first victory, and Willi) the wires suspending the aircraft mock-ups are clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

Willi von Klugermann: [after picking up Stachel from the aid station] You know, I was quite pleased at first when you posted missing.
Bruno Stachel: Thank you
[sarcastically]
Willi von Klugermann: It was just that, the war seemed, a bit more, peaceful. And then, this is the odd thing, I had a sense of loss.
Bruno Stachel: I'm touched
Willi von Klugermann: No, no, seriously, I've had things in my life too easy. I'm inclined to be lazy. I need a challenge. Some one around me who is hard to beat. And you fulfill that role.
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Deutschlandlied
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Music by Joseph Haydn
Lyrics by August Heinrich Hoffman von Fallersleben
Played at Stachel's medal presentation
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An Award Winning Film
6 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Blue Max is an entertaining and extremely well-acted and beautifully filmed motion picture.

Filmed in 1966, it's George Peppard in his prime. I'd rather remember him here, than as the bloated, red-faced character he played on A-Team.

Handsome, ruthless, charming, and doomed. That's Peppard's character. Driven by ambition to succeed, it's clear that his future is destined for destruction. The Blue Max rates as Peppard's third greatest performance(after the Carpet Baggers & Breakfast at Tiffany's).

The movie however is stolen by Jermey Kemp. Kemp is outstanding as the "gentleman" ace, whose time has come and gone. The film is a romantic tale of war, love, and hero worship. It ending is a major shock; reminding one of the surprise finale in The Sand Pebbles.

The Blue Max is a must-see for any George Peppard fan.


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