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Aces High (1976)

PG | | Action, Drama, War | December 1977 (USA)
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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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
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Bennett
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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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Action | Drama | War

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Aces High  »

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£1,250,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The scene with the balloon observer jumping out with a parachute is reused footage from The Blue Max (1966) 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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Remake of Journey's End (1930) See more »

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I saw this with my grandfather
9 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie with my grandfather when it came out. My Grandfather was an observer in the RFC during WWI and so had real life views on what the movie was portraying.

I found the movie fascinating and well made, albeit rather sad, but my opinion paled against that of my grandfather. He never spoke too much about that time, but he did comment on how well the movie was made and how it fairly accurately summed up the feelings of the day, the high mortality, the bravery and the terrible mental burden it put on the combatants.

He was shot down 90 years ago over St Julien in France but survived to have a full and fruitful life. Yes i know some purists are mentioning the inaccuracy of some of the planes but to him it did not matter as the story of young human life was more relevant. I would advise anyone to see this movie to remind themselves of the great risks and sacrifices these young men took, he was 22 when he was shot down but many were much younger.

a great reminder of the risks taken by many young men who should have been enjoying life at that time. We should never forget them nor allow the lessons learned to fade away


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