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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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There are no studio takes in airplanes. All close-ups of actors being airborne were done for real, sometimes with George Roy Hill, a former Marine pilot himself, flying the airplane while directing. Scenes with Robert Redford and Bo Svenson climbing out on the wing were done without any security harness or parachutes. See more »
When Ezra and Waldo drive up to the farmhouse in Ezra's pick-up it is very obvious that the truck looks far too old for the 1920's time frame of the movie. In the late 1920's that truck would have been new or nearly new. Instead, it is obviously 40 or 50 years old (which is just about exactly the age it would have been when the movie was released in 1975). 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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This is a great movie, from a very special era in movies, and contains an all-time great scene that speaks to the darker nature of humanity. SPOILER AHEAD!! I speak of the scene where Ezra Stiles, Waldo Pepper's best friend has crashed, and he is trapped in his plane, which has caught on fire. Waldo is trying to free him from the burning plane. A crowd of onlookers, who came to watch the aerial show, has gathered around the burning plane, staring while Waldo tries to free his best friend. THey do nothing but stare while Waldo screams at them, begging for their help.
The faces of the onlookers provides an insight into human nature: the blank, staring faces of the Midwestern peasantry, rapt at the sight of the trapped Stiles burning to death. Waldo frantically tries to enlist their help in dragging Stiles, to no avail.
Waldo finally has to brain his trapped friend so that he will not burn alive while still conscious.
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