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Aces High (1976)

 -  War | Drama | Action  -  December 1977 (USA)
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In WW1 the high casualty rate among the rookie pilots of the Royal Flying Corps puts an enormous strain on the survivors.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Sinclair
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Crawford
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Croft
David Wood ...
Thompson
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Headmaster
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Silkin
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Lyle
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Brigadier Whale
Christopher Blake ...
Roberts
Gilles Béhat ...
Beckenauer (as Gilles Behat)
Elliott Cooper ...
Wade
David Daker ...
Bennett
Barry Jackson ...
Joyce
Jacques Maury ...
Ponnelle
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A naive young officer straight from school arrives on the Western front to fight the air war against the Germans. However, the life expectancy of green pilots is not very good. Written by Orde Saunders <ODS101@York.ac.uk>

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High above the trenches 14 days is a long life...This is the 15th day!

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War | Drama | Action

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Aces High  »

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The melody to the song, "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows", is heard. It is unlikely to be this song which was not published until 1917. The melody is based on "Fantaisie-Impromptu" by Frédéric Chopin and it is likely to be this that is heard, though most people would think of the first song. See more »

Goofs

What are supposed to be SE-5 aircraft are modified 1930's era Tiger Moths. The SE-5 did not have swept wings or round wingtips. See more »

Quotes

Mess Corporal Bennett: [as the pilots set off early in the morning on a dangerous mission] How many for breakfast? Any of them?
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Opening credits prologue: England October 1916 See more »

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Under the Bridges of Paris
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Written by Vincent Scotto and Jean Rodor
English Lyrics by Dorcas Cochran
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Fantastic film of WW1, superb acting - a taste of WW1 Airwar.
24 December 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie. Helps if you are interested in WW1 Airwar of course.

Good story, well told by excellent acting. Also brings home the harshness of war and the fragility of life.

Malcolm MacDowell is the seasoned veteran Major running a squadron of mainly recruits with a few old hands, it shows the two sides of WW1 the public side showing a brave face to the public at large and then contrasts this with reality of being on the front line.

Some of the aircraft are not quite authentic but made to look so, still doesn't really detract from the action and period.

Very well done.


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