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The Blue Max -- 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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Release Date:
21 June 1966 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 nominations See more »
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George Peppard ... Lt. Bruno Stachel

James Mason ... General Count von Klugermann

Ursula Andress ... Countess Kaeti von Klugermann

Jeremy Kemp ... Willi von Klugermann
Karl Michael Vogler ... Heidemann
Anton Diffring ... Holbach
Harry Towb ... Kettering
Peter Woodthorpe ... Corporal Rupp
Derek Newark ... Ziegel

Derren Nesbitt ... Fabian

Loni von Friedl ... Elfi Heidemann (as Loni Von Friedl)
Friedrich von Ledebur ... Feldmarschall von Lenndorf (as Friedrich Ledebur)
Carl Schell ... Von Richthofen aka The Red Baron
Hugo Schuster ... Hans. Elderly Servant
Alex Scott ... The Orator
Roger Ostime ... The Crown Prince
Ray Browne ... Pilot
Timothy Parkes ... Pilot
Ian Kingsley ... Pilot
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Warren Crosby ... (uncredited)
Nikki Van der Zyl ... Countess Kaeti von Klugermann (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
John Guillermin 
Writing credits
Jack Hunter (novel)

Ben Barzman (adaptation) and
Basilio Franchina (adaptation)

David Pursall (screenplay) &
Jack Seddon (screenplay) and
Gerald Hanley (screenplay)

Produced by
Christian Ferry .... producer
Elmo Williams .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Douglas Slocombe 
Film Editing by
Max Benedict 
Casting by
Stuart Lyons 
Production Design by
Wilfred Shingleton  (as Wilfrid Shingleton)
Art Direction by
Fred Carter 
Makeup Department
Patricia McDermott .... hairdresser (as Pat McDermott)
John O'Gorman .... makeup artist: Ursula Andress
Charles E. Parker .... head makeup artist (as Charles Parker)
Tony Sforzini .... makeup artist: George Peppard (as Tony Sfortzini)
Jay Sebring .... hair designer: George Peppard (uncredited)
Production Management
René Dupont .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Causey .... assistant director
Derek Cracknell .... assistant director
Anthony Squire .... director: aerial unit
Art Department
Brian Doyle .... plasterer
Joseph Musso .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Richard Best Jr. .... assistant sound editor
John Cox .... sound
Chris Greenham .... sound editor
Claude Hitchcock .... sound
Bob Jones .... sound
Special Effects by
Maurice Ayers .... special effects
Ron Ballanger .... special effects
Karl Baumgartner .... special effects
Gerry Johnston .... special effects (uncredited)
Ken Byrne .... aerial stunts
Tim Clutterbuck .... aerial stunts
Pat Cranfield .... aerial stunts
Tim Healey .... aerial stunts
Peter Hillwood .... aerial stunts
Joan Hughes .... aerial stunts
Darby Kennedy .... aerial stunts
Darby Kennedy .... stunt coordinator
Roger Kennedy .... aerial stunts
Liam Mulligan .... aerial stunts
Derek Piggott .... aerial stunts
Taffy Rich .... aerial stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Skeets Kelly .... aerial photographer
Skeets Kelly .... camera operator
Skeets Kelly .... photographer: second unit
Donald C. Rogers .... photographer: second unit
Chic Waterson .... camera operator
Mike Fox .... focus puller: second unit (uncredited)
Ginger Gemmel .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elsa Fennell .... wardrobe supervisor
John Furniss .... wardrobe creator: Miss Andress
Editorial Department
Norman Cohen .... assembly editor
Elizabeth Thoyts .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jerry Goldsmith .... conductor
Transportation Department
Arthur Dunne .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Johnny Maher .... air engineer
William O'Kelly .... production liaison: Ireland
Willy Roe .... runner
Allen Wheeler .... air supervisor
Helen Whitson .... continuity

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156 min | USA:153 min (FMC Library Print)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
6-Track Stereo | 4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints) (Westrex Recording System) | Mono (optical prints) (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:PG | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (re-rating) (2003) | Iceland:12 | Ireland:12 (old rating) | Netherlands:14 | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:Unrated | West Germany:16 (original rating)

Did You Know?

The Irish Air Corps also lent their facilities at Casement Aerodrome (Baldonnel) to filming, however after filming, many of the aircraft replicas remained in storage between Casement and Powerscourt House, County Wicklow until the 1980's and were to be seen flying occasionally in the area.See more »
Factual errors: When Otto Heidemann returns from his reconnaissance mission he announces that he has seen "Thousands of trucks! Carrying troops! I flew over 2 miles of them!" Germany adopted the metric system of measurement in 1872. Any German in 1918 would have reported the length of a line of trucks in kilometers.See more »
Bruno Stachel:[while testing the engine of his aircraft] The oil pressure is still too low!
Ziegel:[Looking in the engine cover] Well, that's all you'll get out of her! She wasn't made yesterday!
Bruno Stachel:Oh, is that what it is!
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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
I Still Like It, 14 November 2004
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

This seemed a very strange choice to broadcast on Remembrance Sunday . If you're foreign let me explain Remembrance Sunday is a day in the British calender where people lay wreaths at their local war memorial and hold a two minute silence in honour of the British war dead who died in the First World War and in conflicts since then . It's an official national event and a very solemn one . Somewhat strange that the BBC broadcast a war film featuring Germans as lead characters !However THE BLUE MAX does contain some bloody sequences of First World War carnage so I guess it was an obvious candidate for broadcast

I first saw this on television in the early 1970s and was impressed with it then . I'm still impressed with it now though with reservations . As several people have pointed out the story drags when the story switches to the adultrous affair between Bruno Stachel and his Baroness lover . It should also be pointed out that George Peppard and Ursula Andress are rather unconvincing in these scenes and seem to be playing characters in a romantic drama set in the 1960s than in the early part of the century . I hated these scenes when I first saw the film and I hate them thirty years later . I also can't help thinking this sub plot makes the movie slightly over long . Was it included to make the movie more marketable to a female audience ? If a movie features thousands of men sticking bayonets into each other no woman will be going to the cinema to watch the movie full stop

That's my only real criticism though there are one or two other flaws regarding historical facts and planes used , but lets look at the positive points . This the best film I've seen featuring First World War dogfights , when you see a movie like ACES HIGH etc it's painfully obvious that actors are sitting in front of some back projection but with the exception of one rather poor scene you can believe the cast are indeed flying their own planes , the arial battles are superb as are the battles on the ground

The cast play up to their characters in thinking they are 20th century knights fighting in an honourable and elitist way and though they're the other side it's impossible to hate them in anyway , and it's interesting to see James Mason playing a morally upstanding army officer in a role almost identical to the one he played in CROSS OF IRON . I guess it doesn't matter whose side your on because politics will win out in the end

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