Aces High (1976)

PG  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 <>

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


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Release Date:

December 1977 (USA)  »

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Aces High  »

Box Office


£1,250,000 (estimated)

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(Technicolor) (uncredited)

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Aces High was filmed at North Weald airfield, in Essex. A hangar that was built for the film was later used for the sets of the TV quiz/adventure game The Crystal Maze. See more »


In the first air combat scene, the German aircraft shown is a Fokker E.III monoplane. That particular model had already been withdrawn from service over a year before the movie takes place. (E.III was withdrawn early 1916, the movie takes place late 1917). See more »


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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: England October 1916 See more »


Edited into Blackadder Goes Forth: Private Plane (1989) See more »


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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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