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Von Richthofen and Brown -- Germany's greatest pilot, Baron von Richthofen, is killed in midair by a Canadian, marking the end of a war in which officers were gentlemen and glory and honor reigned.
Von Richthofen and Brown -- 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. In HD.


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10 September 1971 (Finland) See more »
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!
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

John Phillip Law ... Baron Manfred von Richthofen

Don Stroud ... Roy Brown
Barry Primus ... Hermann Goering

Corin Redgrave ... Major Lanoe Hawker VC
Karen Ericson ... Ilse (as Karen Huston)
Hurd Hatfield ... Anthony Fokker

Stephen McHattie ... Werner Voss
Brian Foley ... Lothar von Richthofen

Robert La Tourneaux ... Ernest Udet

Peter Masterson ... Major Oswald Boelke
Clint Kimbrough ... Major von Höppner
Tom Adams ... Owen
Ferdy Mayne ... Richthofen's father
David Weston ... Murphy
John Flanagan ... Thompson
Lorraine Rainer ... French girl in the woods
Brian Sturdivant ... May
Maureen Cusack ... Richthofen's mother
George Armitage ... Wolff
Gordon Phillips ... Cargonico
David Osterhout ... Holzapfel
Seamus Forde ... Kaiser
Fred Johnson ... Jeweler
Des Nealon ... British Intelligence Officer
Emmet Bergin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Shane Briant ... German Pilot
Julie Corman ... Rear gunner on plane attacking German airbase (uncredited)
Michael Fahey ... Richthofen at Age 3 (uncredited)
Vernon Hayden ... Trackl (uncredited)
Peadar Lamb ... German Staff Major (uncredited)
Patrick McLarnon ... German Officer (uncredited)

Robert Walsh ... Richthofen at Age 13 (uncredited)

Directed by
Roger Corman 
Writing credits
John William Corrington (written by) and
Joyce Hooper Corrington (written by) (as Joyce H. Corrington)

Produced by
Gene Corman .... producer
Jimmy T. Murakami .... associate producer
Original Music by
Hugo Friedhofer 
Cinematography by
Michael Reed 
Film Editing by
Alan Collins 
Art Direction by
Jimmy T. Murakami (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Maureen Roche 
Costume Design by
Dymphna McKenna 
Makeup Department
Toni Delaney .... makeup artist
Production Management
Peter Manley .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Redmond Morris .... assistant director
Jake Wright .... assistant director
Jimmy T. Murakami .... second unit director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Liam Saurin .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Peter Dawson .... special effects
Noel Gallagher .... special effects
Gerry Johnston .... special effects (uncredited)
Richard D. Bach .... stunt flyer (as Richard Bach)
Charles Boddington .... stunt pilot
Ken Byrne .... stunt pilot
Lynn Garrison .... stunt pilot
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Allwork .... aerial photographer
Seamus Corcoran .... aerial photographer
Lynn Ellsworth .... assistant camera
Paddy Keogh .... key grip
Peter Pechowski .... aerial photographer
Neil Siegler .... assistant camera
Robin Browne .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Terry Cole .... focus puller (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Guerin .... wardrober
Editorial Department
George Van Noy .... supervising editor
Other crew
Julie Halloran .... assistant to director
John Maher .... aviation engineer
William O'Kelly .... production liaison
William O'Kelly .... technical advisor (as Colonel William O4Kelly)
Hilary Wardrop .... script supervisor
Jonathan Demme .... publicist (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"The Red Baron" - , Ireland (English title) (imdb display title)
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Rated PG-13 for war action violence (re-rating) (1994)
97 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-12 | Iceland:12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:GP (original rating) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating) (1994) | West Germany:16 (f)

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One of the stunt flyers was Richard D. Bach, the pilot and author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973).See more »
Factual errors: The national anthem, you can hear during the German empire scenes, is the republican anthem, introduced after the revolution 1918. Funny enough the German anthem during the Kaiserreich had same melody like UK anthem 'God Save the King'.See more »
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 they dangerous?
Roy Brown:The Germans, they're dangerous. The planes, they're dangerous too. They kill as many Germans as we do, the same way ours do us.
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Warfare film about the famous hero and his contender with drama , thrills and overwhelming aerial scenes, 16 February 2012
Author: ma-cortes

Baron Manfred Von Richthofen (John Phillip Law) was the most feared and celebrated pilot of the German air force in World War I . Manfred Von Richthofen arrives from the Cavalry, at a squadron in the German Airforce under the command of honorable Oswald Boelcke (Peter Masterson). He quickly becomes an aerial ace with several victories . To him and his companions , air combats are events of sporty nature , technical challenge and upright acting, ignoring the terrible extent of war . Manfred must decide if he is a soldier first or part of the ruling class whose father is a notorious Baron (Ferdy Mayne) . But after Manfred realizes he is only used for propaganda means , as the tactics of both sides break more rules and become more destructive . This is an exciting story based on facts about Manfred Von Richthofen, the German air ace during the World War I and his struggle with the enemy aces and some jealous German officers as the ruthless Herrmann Goering (Barry Primus) who subsequently will have a long career as Nazi leader during WWI . The allied squad has similar class divisions : its Major , an aristocrat , laments that men he considers peasants are now fliers , including a tough and Canadian named Roy Brown (Don Stroud) , the squad's main ace . Von Richthofen is wounded during an aerial battle and Brown and his squadron decide to attack Allied airfield , destroying their planes on the ground and killing his brother Lothar (Brian Foley). Then the baron seeks vengeance and attacks on the opposite British airfield . Red Baron and Brown have some strong aerial battles , trivial in the larger scheme yet fateful . Caught between his disgust for the war , and the responsibility for his fighter wing , Von Richthofen sets out to fly again . With the help of a batch of new fighters from Anthony Fokker (Hurd Hatfield), the 'Richthofen Flying Circus' launches a counter attack against English aircrafts . 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.

Spectacular dogfighting , impressive scenario , fine star cast and memorable acting . Acceptable budget extended adventures produced by Jimmi T Murakami and Gene Corman about a maverick pilot and his partners undergoing risked feats on air and bombing on earth . Very good aerial actioner plenty action , tragic drama , fantastic cloudy scenes and breathtaking dogfighting . John Philip Law and Don Stroud show professionalism as crack fighter pilots , two ambitious young men assigned to dangerous missions . Top-notch support cast gives excellent performance as Stephen McHattie , Barry Primus , Ferdy Mayne and Hurd Hartfield as Fokker . Colorful cinematography by Michael Reed and rousing musical score by Hugo Friedhofer .

The motion picture is professionally directed by Roger Corman . After his period realizing poverty-budget horror movies as ¨Swamp woman¨, ¨The beast with a million of eyes¨, ¨Attack of the crab monsters¨, ¨Undead¨, then came the cycle of tales of terror based on Poe as ¨ House of Usher¨, ¨Pit and pendulum¨, ¨The raven¨ , ¨Tales of terror¨, ¨The masque of the red death ¨ , and Corman made his undisputed masterpiece , ¨X¨ , that won the Golden Asteroid in the Trieste Festival of Science Fiction Films in 1963 . Later on , he directed films as ¨Angels of hell¨, ¨The St. Valentine's day massacre¨, ¨The trip¨, ¨Bloody mummy¨, ¨Gas or It became necessary to destroy the world in order to save it¨ and of course ¨Von Richthofen and Brown¨, and finally (1990) ¨Frankestein unbounded¨ . ¨Red Baron¨ rating : 6 , acceptable and passable , definitively wholesome watching , Corman's achievement to have bent the wartime genre with nice results. Good and entertaining fare , it's a fairly watchable and spectacular film and results to be a good treatment of WWI flying aces .

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