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Aces High (1976)

 -  War | Drama | Action  -  December 1977 (USA)
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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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December 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Helvetet i skyn  »

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(Technicolor) (uncredited)

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The "S.E.5a:s" the British pilots are flying are in reality modified Belgian "SV4 Stampes" from the '30s. Three airworthy and one static aircraft were used. The static was set on fire in a scene. See more »

Goofs

Sinclair informs Croft that Gresham uses a Nieuport "that he swears by", but every time we see Gresham aloft he is flying an SE5 like the rest of the squadron. 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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: England October 1916 See more »

Connections

Remake of Journey's End (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Journeys End with WW1 planes
15 February 2001 | by (London , England) – See all my reviews



Ive seen this film about four times. A great film that didn't flinch from showing a class-ridden and brutal look at the reality of World War 1. Malcolm MacDowell was excellent as the Squadron Leader and Christopher Plummer was superb as the 'kindly uncle' figure who gave allowances and understanding to young pilots who were faced with the prospect of death every day on active duty.

World War One films are very hard to make , simply because the Director has to capture and expose the horror of a modern war in a period where the participants are caught in a mood of adventure and duty.Aces High demonstrates this fact entirely.

The film is based on the book Journeys End , and damn I missed it when it was on at the theatre , but hey. Anyway this film version is turned into the Play with Planes.

Anyway a great Film and brilliantly acted. I highly recommend this film to any war film buff , like myself.


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