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Director:
Writers:
John William Corrington (written by) and
Joyce Hooper Corrington (written by)
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Release Date:
10 September 1971 (Finland) See more »
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Tagline:
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!
Plot:
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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Good adventure film based on the famous WW1 aces See more (23 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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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
 
Stunts
Richard D. Bach .... stunt flyer (as Richard Bach)
Ken Byrne .... 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)
 
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
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for war action violence (re-rating) (1994)
Runtime:
97 min
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Certification:
Finland:K-12 | Iceland:12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | USA:GP (original rating) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating) (1994) | West Germany:16 (f)

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Trivia:
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:
Factual errors: 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:
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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Good adventure film based on the famous WW1 aces, 23 August 2011
Author: Andres Salama from Buenos Aires, Argentina

An entertaining movie about the World War I exploits of the ace German pilot Manfred Von Richthofen's (aka, the Red Baron) and his main opponent, Canada's Arthur Brown.

The aristocratic Von Richthofen is so honor bound that he refuses to use camouflage paint on his planes, because "a gentleman should never hide from his enemies" and instead paints them with the brightest colors. The pragmatic, no-nonsense Brown, instead, does not believe in honor or chivalry: he just wants to win.

I can't vouch for the complete historical authenticity of this movie – to mention just one instance, the actor portraying Hermann Goering looks nothing at all like the future Reichsmarshall, and his role in the flying circus was not as prominent as the movie implies. But as an entertainment (by the well known horror low budget film director Roger Corman) this movie is certainly well done. Sure, there is some corny dialogue here and there, and having Von Richthofen speak English in the movie with a heavy German accent was probably not the best idea, but the magnificent shots of period planes fighting in the air over the patchwork fields below separated by hedgerows (shot in 1971 with fearless stunt men, well before digital imagery started appearing in films) more than makes up for this movie's shortcomings. The great color photography is another plus.

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