IMDb > The Blue Max (1966)
The Blue Max
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Blue Max (1966) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 27 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
The Blue Max -- Trailer for this wartime drama about fighter pilots

Overview

User Rating:
7.1/10   4,471 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 36% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Jack Hunter (novel)
Ben Barzman (adaptation) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for The Blue Max on IMDbPro.
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 »
NewsDesk:
(8 articles)
Blu-ray Release: The Blue Max
 (From Disc Dish. 30 December 2013, 2:23 PM, PST)

Rush – review
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 12 September 2013, 4:05 PM, PDT)

Five Forgotten Gems From Five Great Movie Music Composers
 (From SoundOnSight. 14 January 2013, 11:19 AM, PST)

User Reviews:
The Definition of Class See more (77 total) »

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)
Create a character page for: ?

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
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
156 min | USA:153 min (FMC Library Print)
Country:
Language:
Color:
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The serial number for Richthofen's red triplane was 425/17 and was correctly depicted in the movie.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:[resignedly] Well, I suppose I might as well say it.
Countess Kaeti von Klugermann:Say what?
Bruno Stachel:You're beautiful.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
DeutschlandliedSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
34 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
The Definition of Class, 18 May 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

At the beginning of The Young Lions Marlon Brando tells Barbara Rush how difficult it is to rise in class in Europe as opposed to America. It's one of the reasons he's thinking that Adolph Hitler and the Nazis will be a good thing for Germany.

George Peppard plays a more ruthless version of the Brando character in the previous generation in The Blue Max. He's a survivor of the trenches who gets an opportunity to learn to fly and transfer in the Air Corps. What comes with it is a commission and while Peppard is now an officer he's no gentleman.

There's a whole different ethic operating in the Air Corps. The pilots see themselves as an updated version of the Teutonic Knights of old. A view by the way shared by both sides. The fliers on both sides see themselves as old fashioned chivalrous sorts who glory in single combat. They are also upper middle class and aristocratic types and Peppard doesn't quite fit in.

You can put him in a biplane and give him rank, but his outlook doesn't change. What Peppard does see is that if he makes 20 confirmed kills he gets awarded the Blue Max decoration and his future and respectability is secure.

James Mason who commands the Flying Corps takes an interest in Peppard's rise. His political instinct tells him revolution is in the body politic. Make heroes out of someone like Peppard who would be part of the proletarian masses will help give those masses a vested interest in the Wilhelmine regime and would forestall revolution. Of course wife Ursula Andress has some different ideas about Peppard.

I like The Blue Max because it is a film about more than aviation. It is about what was happening in Germany during those last days of World War I when Germany was desperately trying to break the stalemate on the western front and pull out a victory before American troops were in sufficient numbers. They almost pulled it out in fact. It's about attitudes, old, new and changing. All three of the leads suit their roles perfectly.

As a veteran of World War I if he didn't gain the respectability out of the war he craved, Peppard would have been ripe for the Nazi propaganda that filled Germany and was finally heeded during the Depression. The Nazis filled their ranks with Peppards up and down Germany.

Which is why The Blue Max should be seen and learned from because it is not just about World War I aviators as good as the aerial footage is here.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (77 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Blue Max (1966)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Inaccurate projection of WWI air combat dockbillin
If Stachel was such a good pilot... Icthus381376
can anyone tell me??? khawley91
German accent filip.cermak
George Peppard's Performance slokes
I think this is quite under-rated vivekrocks20
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Red Baron Aces High Battle of Britain Cross of Iron Pearl Harbor
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Adventure section IMDb UK section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.