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The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)

PG  |   |  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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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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13 March 1975 (USA)  »

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Tollkühne Flieger  »

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Trivia

One of the stunts the movie recounts is the first outside loop. It's the stunt that kills Ezra Stiles. The first person in the U.S. to successfully perform an outside loop was Jimmy Doolittle, who went on to become a hero of WWII. 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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One of the Great movies of the seventies
1 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is made by some of the same players that made Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Writer, Director and Actor). Unfortunately, it doesn't have nearly the acclaim. Perhaps because the ultimate tone of the movie is darker, the movie still captures that fun that permeates Butch Cassidy.

In terms of the aerial stunts and flying sequences, not only does the hold up to the modern movies like 'Flyboys', it is in fact, much better. Visually just as complete, you also know these are the real deal.

The script is brilliant. At the end of this film, one is forced to wonder why this level of movie so rarely is ever seen today.

You can read the other reviews for plot points, and details. Suffice to say that if you are a fan of movies with planes, actions, love, tragedy cool war history lover, or Hollywood of the early thirties, you'll eat this movie up.

Now lets get a DVD of this that is worthy!


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