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The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)

A biplane pilot who had missed flying in WWI takes up barnstorming and later a movie career in his quest for the glory he had missed, eventually getting a chance to prove himself in a film ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Axel Olsson
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Newt
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Dillhoefer
Roderick Cook ...
Werfel
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Patsy
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Maude
Scott Newman ...
Duke
James S. Appleby ...
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Patrick W. Henderson Jr. ...
Scooter
James N. Harrell ...
Farmer (as James Harrell)
Elma Aicklen ...
Farmer's Wife
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A biplane pilot who had missed flying in WWI takes up barnstorming and later a movie career in his quest for the glory he had missed, eventually getting a chance to prove himself in a film depicting the dogfights in the Great War. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Robert Redford Takes to the Skies in This Rousing Adventure

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Adventure | Drama

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13 March 1975 (USA)  »

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Tollkühne Flieger  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and The Sting (1973), this was Robert Redford and George Roy Hill's third and final film together. See more »

Goofs

When Waldo Pepper walks out on the wing to practice his first wing walk, the shadow of the camera can be seen on the plane. See more »

Quotes

Ezra Stiles: It's gonna be a monoplane.
Waldo Pepper: A monoplane. Are you telling me you're building me an airplane with only one wing?
Ezra Stiles: Just thought you'd like to know: the biplane's gone the way of the Dodo.
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Referenced in Las adolescentes (1975) See more »

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Best Aviator Flick Ever Made
28 July 2007 | by (naples, florida) – See all my reviews

How can this film barely have more than a single page of comments? Redford in his youthful heyday, following the success of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Susan Sarandon as the female lead, and yet, apparently, so few have ever seen this that less than two pages covers comments. Major urging: see this film.

Extremely well written and directed, even better acting, all stunts by human beings and not computers, and beautifully photographed. The only weakness is that due to audience availability, this film is hard to find on DVD, even at Blockbuster. Similar to The Hill, absolutely the best acting performance by Sean Connery, but try and see it. Major hint to those who have missed Waldo Pepper: never, ever, under any circumstances whatsoever, attempt the double loop, especially in a plane. Today, July 28, 2007, we had two crashes at the Wisconsin and Ohio Air Shows. Death isn't just in the movies when doing stunts in a plane.


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