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Von Richthofen and Brown (1971)

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The story of Manfred von Richtofen, the german air ace during the World War I and his truggle with the enemy aces and some jealous german officers.

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Roy Brown
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Karen Ericson ...
Ilse (as Karen Huston)
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Ernest Udet
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Major Oswald Boelke
Clint Kimbrough ...
Major von Höppner
Tom Adams ...
Owen
Ferdy Mayne ...
Richthofen's father
David Weston ...
Murphy
John Flanagan ...
Thompson
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World War I: an allied squadron and a German squadron face off daily in the skies. Manfred von Richtofen, the Red Baron, leads one, and, although one of his decisions cost the life of his predecessor, he expects his men to honor codes of conduct. The allied squad has similar class divisions: its colonel, an aristocrat, laments that men he considers peasants are now fliers, including a cynical and ruthless Canadian, Roy Brown, the squad's ace. As the tactics of both sides break more rules and become more destructive, the Baron must decide if he is a soldier first or part of the ruling class. He and Brown have two aerial battles, trivial in the larger scheme yet tragic. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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On April 21, 1918, the Red Baron of Germany and the Black Sheep of the R.A.F. met in the skies of France for the last time!

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War | Action | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for war action violence | See all certifications »
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10 September 1971 (Finland)  »

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The Red Baron  »

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$900,000 (estimated)
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While the dogfights were shot in Ireland over a two-week period using actual vintage planes, the crash sequences were filmed at Andrews Air Force base in a single day, using models assembled by a group of teenaged hobbyists Roger Corman happened across while scouting locations. See more »

Goofs

There are many scenes in the film where the sunlight is not correct. Often the planes are seen fighting on completely overcast days, when suddenly there is a few seconds where the sky is blue in every direction and the sun is shining on the pilot or plane. In one scene on the ground, several pilots are discussing the death of one of their peers. They are in the shade of a wing, then standing in the sun without moving. See more »

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Canadian Reporter: Lieutenant Brown, the readers of the Toronto Star want to know about Canada's newest Ace.
Roy Brown: What is there to know? I'm just a technician; I change things.
Canadian Reporter: Change things?
Roy Brown: Put a plane in front of me, with a man in it, I change them into a wreck and a corpse.
Canadian Reporter: Well... well how do you like France?
Roy Brown: It's a nice country, isn't it? Lots of my friends will be staying after the war.
Canadian Reporter: Ah... how do you like the French girls, Lieutenant?
Roy Brown: With both their arms and legs, I think.
Canadian Reporter: [coughs] ... the German planes, are...
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Bless you Red Baron...
3 May 2004 | by (Bracebridge Ont) – See all my reviews

The flying sequences alone make this a film well worth seeing. They are much like those in The Battle Of Britain except, of course, the aircraft are of World War I vintage. It's also encouraging that Roy Brown was portrayed as a Canadian (which he was) rather than an American. The man had some very rough edges and these are portrayed in the film. (In one unrelated incident, he almost got court martialed for buzzing Picadilly Circus.) In other words Brown was not shown as some sort of handsome Hollywood knight of the sky but a very rough, arrogant, unsophisticated and even unpleasant individual. Good! Thats how it was. Better by half than most war films of its era.


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