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George Roy Hill (story)
William Goldman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
13 March 1975 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Robert Redford Takes to the Skies in This Rousing Adventure
Plot:
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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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(7 articles)
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Thoroughly enjoyable, Redford in his prime See more (24 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Redford ... Waldo Pepper

Bo Svenson ... Axel Olsson

Bo Brundin ... Ernst Kessler

Susan Sarandon ... Mary Beth

Geoffrey Lewis ... Newt

Edward Herrmann ... Ezra Stiles
Philip Bruns ... Dillhoefer
Roderick Cook ... Werfel

Kelly Jean Peters ... Patsy

Margot Kidder ... 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
Deborah Knapp ... Farmer's Daughter
John A. Zee ... Director, Western Set

John Reilly ... Western Star
Jack Manning ... Director, Spanish Set
Joe Billings ... Policeman
Lawrence P. Casey ... German Star (as Lawrence Casey)
Greg Martin ... Assistant Director
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenny E. Bishop ... (uncredited)
A.L. Camp ... Farmer (uncredited)
Harvey Christiansen ... Farmer in Crowd (uncredited)
William Creamer ... Country Man in Restaurant (uncredited)
Cheryl Downey ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Inge Erving ... City Woman in Restaurant (uncredited)
Todd Ezell ... Carny Barker (uncredited)
John Guttman ... Poth Farmer #2 (uncredited)
Robert S. Holman ... Farmer at Fence #1 (uncredited)
Elsie Julian ... Country Woman in Restaurant (uncredited)
Patrick G. Koerber ... Man in Crowd (uncredited)
Ruby Leonard ... Ruby (uncredited)
James Patrick Lockett ... Boy from Poth (uncredited)
Richard A. Meyer ... Poth Farmer #1 (uncredited)
Steve Moriarty ... Airport Mechanic (uncredited)
Wayne Nowotny ... (uncredited)
Harold Offer ... City Man in Restaurant (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... Doctor (uncredited)
James Rosborough ... Farmer at Fence #2 (uncredited)
Art Scholl ... Red Baron (uncredited)
George W. Smyth ... Little Falls Farmer (uncredited)
Robert W. Winn ... Theater Manager (uncredited)
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Directed by
George Roy Hill 
 
Writing credits
George Roy Hill (story)

William Goldman (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Crawford Jr. .... associate producer (as Robert L. Crawford)
George Roy Hill .... producer
 
Original Music by
Henry Mancini 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Surtees 
 
Film Editing by
William Reynolds 
 
Art Direction by
Henry Bumstead 
 
Set Decoration by
James W. Payne  (as James Payne)
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Gary Liddiard .... makeup artist
Fred C. Blau Jr. .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Lorraine Roberson .... hairdresser (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Lloyd Anderson .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerry Ballew .... second assistant director
Ray Gosnell Jr. .... first assistant director (as Ray Gosnell)
Scott U. Adam .... assistant director (uncredited)
Cheryl Downey .... apprentice assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Gil Aguilar .... construction propmaker (uncredited)
Chester Duncan .... property master (uncredited)
Peter Ivy .... construction propmaker (uncredited)
John R. Jensen .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Henry Larrecq .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Buzz Newhouse .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
William A. Petrotta .... second prop man (uncredited)
Ken Price .... construction propmaker (uncredited)
John Riggen .... construction grip (uncredited)
Thomas L. Roysden .... leadman (uncredited)
Billy Lee Smith .... construction propmaker (uncredited)
Jimmy Stewart .... construction propmaker (uncredited)
Greg Villalva .... construction propmaker (uncredited)
Greek Wade .... construction propmaker (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Peter Berkos .... supervising sound editor
Robert J. Miller .... sound (as Bob Miller)
Ronald Pierce .... sound
Roger Sword .... sound editor
Jack Danskin .... mikeman (uncredited)
William Griffith .... radio man (uncredited)
Melvin M. Metcalfe Sr. .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Dennis C. Salcedo .... optical sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ben McMahan .... effects supervisor
Bruce Wolke .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
James S. Appleby .... stunts (uncredited)
Buff Brady .... stunts (uncredited)
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Edward T. Clahan .... stunts (uncredited)
Erik Cord .... stunts (uncredited)
Howard Curtis .... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Gilbert .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Harris .... stunts (uncredited)
John Kazian .... stunts (uncredited)
John Moio .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank L. Pine .... stunts (uncredited)
Audrey Saunders .... stunts (uncredited)
Art Scholl .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles W. Short .... camera operator (as Chuck Short)
Oscar Barber .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Richard Barth .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Nick Brown .... electrical best boy (uncredited)
Joe Cucci .... second grip (uncredited)
Thomas Del Ruth .... camera operator (uncredited)
Pete Hopki .... assistant camera: Chicago (uncredited)
Robert C. Jessup .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Earl Kennedy .... gaffer (uncredited)
Don Lambert .... key grip (uncredited)
Al Martino .... camera mechanic (uncredited)
Lou Noto .... assistant camera: Chicago (uncredited)
Vincent Saizis .... camera operator: Chicago (uncredited)
Edward Thompson .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Timothy E. Wade .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Shari Rhodes .... casting coordinator: Texas (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bernie Pollack .... costume supervisor
Norma Brown .... costumer: women (uncredited)
Jules Melillo .... costumer: men (uncredited)
Joe Williams .... costumer: men (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Richard Wahrman .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Jack Lloyd .... transportation captain (uncredited)
 
Other crew
James S. Appleby .... air work
Wayne Berg .... air work
Charlsie Bryant .... script supervisor
Howard Curtis .... air work
Mike Dewey .... air work
John Kazian .... air work
Thomas G. Mooney .... air work
Frank L. Pine .... air work (as Frank Pine)
Frank Price .... air work
Audrey Saunders .... air work
Art Scholl .... air work
Frank Tallman .... air sequences supervisor
Frank Tallman .... air work
Ralph Wiggins .... air work
Irving Kramer .... location auditor (uncredited)
Sharon Mayhew .... production secretary (uncredited)
Dominic Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Ruth Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Giff Tallman .... air observer (uncredited)
Danny Young .... payroll timekeeper (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
107 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Axel's biplane crashes into the pond, the stunt pilot's goggles are still correctly in place as the aircraft settles. In the closeup, Axel's goggles are suddenly askew on his face from the "impact".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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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Thoroughly enjoyable, Redford in his prime, 1 April 2010
Author: Mathias Nagy (rocdoc2004) from QLD, Australia

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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