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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 »
User Reviews:
Still great after all these years 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:
In his book "Adventures in the Screen Trade" writer William Goldman wrote that his original idea for the opening scene was cut. The idea was to open with a young boy trying to impress a young girl by holding out his arms and actually being able to fly. We then see the sky filled with young boys flying and young girls being impressed. The director felt the tone of that scene did not match the rest of the film.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Following the scene of Waldo's initial wing walk, there is an aerial view of four planes flying but there are five plane shadows on the ground. The fifth shadow is of the camera plane.See more »
Quotes:
Axel Olsson:Guess who's still alive... ME!See more »
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Featured in Casting By (2012)See more »

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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Still great after all these years, 15 January 2004
Author: Patrick McCormick (splat99) from Countryside, IL, USA

I first saw this film in the theater almost 30 years ago and have caught it a few times on TV since. Finally, I was able to find a DVD copy on E-Bay (apparently it is not currently available on DVD through normal means) and I am glad I did so. This movie has stood the test of time. It is both fun to watch and has some depth to it - it is not just a piece of fluff.

The casting is excellent - not a single actor is unfit for the part. Redford's looks and charisma, coupled with the fact that while he is still pretty young he does have a few visible age lines, make him perfect for the part of a debonair flyboy, ten years removed from World War I, who is stubbornly resisting the increasing regulation of flying as a profession. Bo Svensen is a great complement as the slightly older, more experienced, and more even-keeled Axel Olsson. Geoffrey Lewis' Newt Potts, Pepper's old squadron commander, represents the future that Pepper is trying to avoid. Ed Herrmann is the embodiment of the "seat of your pants" spirit of the early aircraft producers. Phil Bruns is a convincing "carnival barker" as Doc Dillhoeffer. And the Swedish actor Bo Brundin puts in a great turn as Ernst Kessler, German fighter ace turned barnstormer, who has long since realized that the bravery and chivalry he found in the air (both among comrades and opponents) is rarely found on the ground.

Kessler is based on Ernst Udet, the second-highest scoring German ace of WWI. Udet barnstormed after the war, had a shortened version of "Lola" painted on his Fokker D-VII, and had a fight similar to the epic battle that is an important subplot in the movie. Thus it is a nice touch that Udet is shown in the opening photo montage. (It's also good that no sequel was made - I'd hate to see the Kessler character return to Germany, join Hitler's Luftwaffe and commit suicide.)

This is also notable, on a personal level, as the first place I ever saw Susan Sarandon. I've been a fan ever since. Hell, she still looks great.

The flying sequences are magnificent. There's no CGI here, folks. These are real aircraft - beautiful replicas of Curtiss Jennies, Standard E-4's, and of course the Sopwith Camel and Fokker Triplane (plus a few others) - doing real stunt flying. The talented stunt pilots are credited under the umbrella of Tallmantz Aviation, which I'm guessing was formed by legendary stunt pilots Frank Tallman and Paul Mantz. Tallman himself flew in this film (and died in a crash three years later; Mantz died making "Flight of the Phoenix," another of my favorite flight movies, in 1965.) And the climactic sequence, while it may seem unlikely to some, is actually based (perhaps loosely) on a similar incident that occurred during the filming of either "Hells' Angels" or "Wings" in the late 1920's. The only possible anachronism that I can spot is Kessler's stunt plane, which looks a little too advanced for 1928. But I could be wrong there.

Beautiful aircraft, great flying sequences, fine acting, and even a real plot - what more could you want?

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