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

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Capt. 'Uncle' Sinclair
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Lt. Crawford
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Lt. Stephen Croft
David Wood ...
Lt. 'Tommy' Thompson
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Headmaster
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Lieutenant Colonel Silkin
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Major Lyle
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Brigadier General Whale
Christopher Blake ...
Lieutenant Roberts
Gilles Béhat ...
Captain Beckenauer (as Gilles Behat)
Elliott Cooper ...
Lieutenant Wade
David Daker ...
Mess Corporal Bennett
Barry Jackson ...
Corporal Albert 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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PG | See all certifications »

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The film is an adaptation of the play "Journey's End" by R.C. Sheriff, written just after the Great War. The setting is transplanted from the trenches to an airfield, but most of the characters and some incidents are almost unchanged. See more »

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Croft and Sinclair fly an Avro 504 on a reconnaissance mission. They are attacked by a German fighter. When we see the Avro from the German pilots point of view, it has transformed into a Caudron Luciole, because those scenes are outtakes from "The Blue Max". 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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Remake of Journey's End (1930) See more »

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Roses of Picardy
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Written by Haydn Wood and Frederick Edward Weatherly
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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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