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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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Spectacular story about WWI fliers turned barnstorming aerial stunt pilots including superb flying sequences 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)

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)
'Wild' Bill Mock .... 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)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
The era the picture is set in is mostly the Roaring Twenties, specifically the period is between 1926 and 1931.See more »
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Anachronisms: A modern power line tower can be seen during the dogfight sequence between Waldo and Ernst.See more »
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Axel Olsson:Guess who's still alive... ME!See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Spectacular story about WWI fliers turned barnstorming aerial stunt pilots including superb flying sequences, 23 December 2014
Author: ma-cortes from Santander Spain

The film's opening title card read: "Nebraska, 1926" and shows the old black-and-white Universal Pictures logo presentation, which features an old early 20th Century plane flying around the orbit of the planet earth . 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 . The era the picture is set in is mostly the ¨Roaring Twenties¨ , specifically the period is between 1926 and 1931 , in which bitter pilots are reduced to defying death in air flying circus such as Waldo Pepper (Robert Redford) , Axel Olson (Bo Svenson) and Ezra Stiles (Edward Herrmann). As a disillusioned biplane pilot named Waldo who had missed flying in WWI takes up barnstorming and later he carries out a movie career in his quest for the glory he had missed . After that , the pilot-become-barnstormer gets hired as a stuntman for the Hollywood movies . Eventually getting a chance to prove himself in a film depicting the dogfights in the Great War . Waldo believes the honor of the best WWI fighter pilots and he deems to be the German Ernst Kessler (Bo Brundin) who is working in Hollywwod as an aerial stunt .

This attractive drama about flying results to be an elegiac homage to WWI fliers . It features impressive vintage aircraft flying sequences made by expert stunts and professional pilots . However , 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 ; as scenes with Robert Redford and Bo Svenson climbing out on the wing were done without any security harness or parachutes . The film reunited three successful Hollywood professionals of the sixties and seventies : actor Robert Redford , filmmaker George Roy Hill , and screen-writer William Goldman , the latter Oscar Winner for ¨The Sting ¨. All of them got a big hit with ¨Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid¨ . Breathtaking as well as overwhelming flying sequences , intelligent plot and brilliant scenes are major assets in this stunning flick . Robert Redford gives one of his best acting , along with Bo Svenson and Bo Brundin ; both actors are Swedish . The notorious secondary player Geoffrey Lewis also gives an admiring interpretation , as always . The movie represents an early screen role of actress Susan Sarandon , the film was one two 1975 movies that Sarandon appeared in that were released in that year , he other one was The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) which is considered to feature Sarandon's breakthrough film role . The yarn features actress Margot Kidder who became famous for starring in the "Superman" franchise with Christopher Reeve .

Colorful as well as evocative cinematography by the great cameraman Robert Surtees , a photographer expert on super-productions . Lively and enjoyable musical score by Henry Mancini , Pink Panther's composer . The movie is pretty well but had a commercial flop . The motion picture was compellingly directed by George Roy Hill . This is third and final of three films that as an actor, Robert Redford made with director George Roy Hill, he first two were The Sting (1973) and Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid (1969) . George Roy Hill had a long career from the fifties until the eighties with hit smashes such as ¨The world according to Garp¨ , ¨Slap shot¨, ¨Butch Cassidy¨, ¨The Sting¨ , ¨Hawaii¨ , ¨The world of Henry Orient¨ and commercial failures such as ¨The little drummer girl¨ , ¨A little romance¨ , ¨Slaughterhouse five¨, ¨Throughly Millie¨ , ¨Toys in the attic¨ , ¨Period of adjustment¨ and this ¨The great Waldo Pepper¨ ; however , the latter being today better considered than old times . Rating : 6,5/10 Above average . Worthwhile watching .

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