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Writers:
Jack Hunter (novel)
Ben Barzman (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
21 June 1966 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
MIRACLES IN THE AIR! See more »
Plot:
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 » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
156 min | USA:153 min (FMC Library Print)
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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)
Certification:
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)

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Trivia:
Stunt pilot, Derek Piggott, flew both Stachel's and Von Klugermann's planes for the bridge storming scene. With multiple camera angles (including one from a trailing helicopter) Piggott actually flew under the bridge over twenty times. To prove that the sequence was real, sheep were placed in the field next to the bridge so that they would scatter as the plane approached. However, as can be seen in the continuity, by the 20th take the sheep had become blasé and didn't scatter any more.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: In several scenes, the character of Squadron Commander Otto Heidemann is addressed as "Herr Hauptmann" [captain] but he is listed as a colonel ["Herr Oberst"] in the cast of characters.See more »
Quotes:
Bruno Stachel:Do you think I came all this way to run off to Switzerland with you?
Countess Kaeti von Klugermann:You gambled your life for me once with Willy.
Bruno Stachel:That was about flying, Kaeti, not about you!
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Soundtrack:
DeutschlandliedSee more »

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33 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Forget about Top Gun as the ultimate 'fighter pilot' movie!, 13 May 2005
Author: Philip Van der Veken from Tessenderlo, Belgium

I'm a fan of World War One-movies and I've got several of them in my private DVD collection. "The Blue Max" isn't in it yet, but if I ever find it on a DVD, I won't hesitate for one moment to buy it. I want to have it, not only because it deals with WWI in general and because it is a good movie, but also because it gives an idea of how the war in the air was fought and how these pilots acted and saw themselves...

This movie tells the story of Bruno Stachel, an ordinary infantry soldier who has been turned into a fighter pilot. His colleagues aren't happy with him, not only because he isn't an aristocrat like they are, but also because he's extremely ambitious. He will do anything to win him his country's most honored medal, the Blue Max. But to win it, he'll have to shoot down 20 enemy aircrafts, which will all have to be confirmed by his comrades, without getting killed himself. And while being hated by his fellow pilots, he's seen as the people's hero and perfect propaganda material by the general and as the ideal lust object by the general's wife...

"The Blue Max" shows very well how the pilots during WWI were almost always noblemen (I guess the most famous one of them all was Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen, better known as the Red Barron), who considered the concept of an honorable death at the hands of a "worthy" opponent still as one of the most important things during their fights. Even at the end of the war in 1918, while on the ground troops had been anonymously slaughtered by the thousands with machine guns and gas, they still considered chivalry as one of the highest goods.

Next to the historically correct situation of the story, I also admire the rest of the movie. I know, if you aren't interested in WWI, than this might not be the most spectacular movie you've ever seen, but even than the movie has plenty of good and interesting things to offer. The story on itself is nice, the acting is very good and the airplanes are magnificent to watch, on the ground as well as in the air. This is one of those movies that has stood the hands of time, but that is known by only a small audience, which is really a shame. Personally I'm a big fan of this movie and that's why I reward it with an 8/10. My advice: don't call "Top Gun" the ultimate fighter pilot movie before you've seen this one.

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