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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
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When Waldo is recounting his fight with Kessler at the start of the movie, he mentions that his guns jammed and Kessler, seeing that he was helpless, saluted then flew away. This actually happened to Ernst Udet (on whom Kessler is based) when flying against the French ace Georges Guynemer in 1917, only it was Udet (at that time inexperienced) who had the jam and Guynemer (a high scoring ace) who let him go. See more »
Following the scene of Waldo's initial wing walk, there is an aerial view of four planes flying but there are five plane shadows on the ground. The fifth shadow is of the camera plane. See more »
It's gonna be a monoplane.
A monoplane. Are you telling me you're building me an airplane with only one wing?
Just thought you'd like to know: the biplane's gone the way of the Dodo.
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Classic "Biggles Opera" - Redford at his most handsome!
This is a well shot film (the light in the Prarie scenes are beautiful) about why people love flying and how it gets into their bones to the point where they will take great risks with their lives as well as other people's!
Redford looks heroic and every bit the Ladies Man especially in uniform.
The aerial sequences are terrific with some really risky stunts and shots. Made in 1975, there are no CGI effects - everything is real and raw.
I felt the film to be a little slow at times but it's a film for grown ups so we can take that speed, can't we?
Scott A. Frisina's review on the main page is as good a synopsis as anyone can give - that's how it is - read it then see this excellent film.
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