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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

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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(Technicolor) (uncredited)

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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

Major Gressham is depicted as the leader of 76 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. That particular squadron was based in England throughout the war and never saw action in France or elsewhere. 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 »

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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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Good for the beginners
11 March 2004 | by (Londrina,Brazil) – See all my reviews

I have seen this film when I was young, and was very impressed. Probably it turns on my interest in aerial warfare in World War I. Despite technically awful from the airplanes types view, the film shows exactly, with no glamour, how was the life of fighter pilots in WWI.

Life expectancy for a new pilot was just two weeks. There was no real training for the pilots, and few of the old pilots care about teaching anything to the new ones. If you look at the dangerous machines they should fly, antiaircraft fire and the enemy machines, it's a miracle that someone has survived to told us the history.


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