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The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)

 -  Adventure | Drama  -  13 March 1975 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Axel Olsson
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Ernst Kessler
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Newt
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Ezra Stiles
Philip Bruns ...
Dillhoefer
Roderick Cook ...
Werfel
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Patsy
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Maude
Scott Newman ...
Duke
James S. Appleby ...
Ace
Patrick W. Henderson Jr. ...
Scooter
James N. Harrell ...
Farmer (as James Harrell)
Elma Aicklen ...
Farmer's Wife
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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)  »

Also Known As:

El carnaval de las águilas  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Some movie posters for this film featured a long text preamble that read: "The Second Greatest Flyer in the World. The war was over - and the world's greatest flyers had never met in combat. But Waldo was going to change all that - even if it killed him". See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 min) When Axel is flying over a town with Mary Beth out on the wing of the plane, there are many modern cars visible on the towns' streets. See more »

Quotes

Dillhoefer: Now, here's what we do. We put her up on the wing...
Duke: And she'll fake being afraid...
Dillhoefer: Right.
Duke: And the wind will blow her clothes off!
Dillhoefer: Yes! Yes!
Waldo Pepper: Wait! Why would the wind blow her clothes off? When I'm wing-walking, the wind doesn't blow MY clothes off.
Dillhoefer: Fool! Nobody wants to come and see YOU with YOUR clothes off!
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Referenced in Danger Zone: The Making of 'Top Gun' (2004) See more »

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Thoroughly enjoyable, Redford in his prime
1 April 2010 | by (QLD, Australia) – See all my reviews

Watching all these wonderful actors in their prime, the great storyline and the great cinematography for the first time has had me enthralled. This is a really enjoyable film with considerable depth. In my mind it is an exploration of the competitive nature of the flyers themselves - whether friends or rivals, one soon becomes acutely aware of their constant need to push their limits, not only amongst themselves but also within themselves.

For some reason this film is only averaging a rating of 6.4, and it deserves much more than that, so my vote will hopefully help to reflect a more appropriate rating for what is a really enjoyable movie.

Even if you are not into aviator flicks, you will enjoy this movie - it is an excellent example of the filmmakers and scriptwriters art. I give it my heartiest recommendation.


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