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Von Richthofen and Brown (1971)

The story of Manfred von Richthofen, the German air ace during World War I and his struggle 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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Brian Foley ...
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Major Oswald Boelke
Clint Kimbrough ...
Major von Höppner
Tom Adams ...
Owen
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Richthofen's father
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Murphy
John Flanagan ...
Thompson
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Storyline

World War I: an allied squadron and a German squadron face off daily in the skies. Manfred von Richthofen, 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 they met in the skies of France. For the last time. See more »


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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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Trivia

One of the stunt flyers was Richard D. Bach, the pilot and author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973). See more »

Goofs

The German ace Oswald Boelcke was not killed when his plane collided with Von Richthofen's plane. Instead, Boelcke was killed when the undercarriage of Erwin Böhme's plane crashed into his plane, causing the upper wing to fall away. Böhme's plane survived the mid-air collision and Böhme later became an ace himself. See more »

Quotes

Reporter: You started the war as a cavalry officer, yeah?
Baron Manfred von Richthofen: Yeah.
Reporter: So, now, how does it feel to fly? To fight in the sky?
Baron Manfred von Richthofen: My ancestors were Teutonic knights; I've merely exchanged my horse for an airplane.
Reporter: [laughing] I see, so the flying is just a means to an end?
Baron Manfred von Richthofen: The flying is wonderful! But it's the hunt that I find most satisfying: the stalking, the chase, and finally the kill. The climax.
Reporter: Oh, so you enjoy it sir?
Baron Manfred von Richthofen: What should I say? War is the father of nations. It makes them slaves or it makes them free....
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Crazy Credits

The name of the German ace that brought Richthofen into his squadron at the beginning of the film was spelled wrongly as "Boelke" in the credits. His name was Oswald BOELCKE. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Roger Corman (1999) See more »

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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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