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Writers:
George Roy Hill (story)
William Goldman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
13 March 1975 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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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The air and the ground 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:
When Axel Olson (Bo Svenson) crashes in a water-pond after Waldo (Robert Redford) has caused his wheels to fall off, small roller skate type wheels can be seen on the axle, which allowed the stunt plane to land back on land if it was necessary and the stunt couldn't be done.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:
Axel Olsson:Guess who's still alive... ME!See more »

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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
The air and the ground, 8 May 2006
Author: manuel-pestalozzi from Zurich, Switzerland

First I must say that this beautiful movie handles the wide screen format extremely well, to watch it on TV comes near to an act of profanation. The lines, the colors , the surfaces, the sun that always seems to be low above the horizon ... The Great Waldo Pepper really is a work of cinematic art.

Secondly I would really like to know how the idea for this script developed. It looks like the aviation business is a metaphor for the movie industry. I would not be surprised had director and co-scriptwriter George Roy Hill put many personal feelings and experiences into it. Aviation stands for freedom. But even in the title scene the constant fear of being forcefully grounded becomes evident – the main character, aviator Waldo Pepper, talks an overawed boy into getting a canister of gas for him with the promise of a free tour above the landing strip. Cute, at first sight, but also curiously grim. It immediately started me wondering how the boy could manage to carry the full canister over the required long distance.

The wish to be free and be able to fly off sets ever more demanding conditions. People get bored with acrobatics, they want to see blood. The artists comply, because they are ambitious but also because they know that it is the only way that allows them to continue. Time moves on and it becomes evident that commercial air service will put an end to the adventurous phase of aviation. Hollywood seems to be the only way out. Acrobats are needed as stunt-men there. The grindhouse routine of the dream factory is not to their liking, but what else can they do? On a set Waldo Pepper meets a famous German flyer he idolizes. Much to his surprise this Erich von Stroheim character is deeply in debt. „In the air, I see heroism, chivalry and a spirit of comraderie", rasps the German, „but on the ground ..." He just limply shrugs. The final quixotic showdown between Pepper and the German is a natural and very good ending of this surprisingly „deep" and rather pessimistic movie that offers far more than nostalgia.

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