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Aces High (1976) Poster

(1976)

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The red German biplane is a Finnish "Valmet Viima". It first flew in 1935.
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In WW1, attacks on balloons were dangerous because machine guns and anti-aircraft guns formed a protective circle beneath the balloons. Therefore, pilots dived at a steep angle when they attacked. They did not attack horizontally.
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The film is an adaptation of the play "Journey's End" by R.C. Sherriff, 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.
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The "S.E.5a's" the British pilots are flying are in reality modified Belgian "SV4 Stampe's" from the 1930s. Three airworthy and one static aircraft were used. The static was set on fire in a scene.
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The scene with the balloon observer jumping out with a parachute is reused footage from The Blue Max (1966)
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Film debut of Tim Pigott-Smith.
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The pilots sing a song "A handsome young pilot lay dying . . . ". This is based on 'The Old Stable Jacket' or 'Tarpaulin Jacket' (words by 'G. J. Whyte-Melville', music by Charles Coote).
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The melody to the song "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" is heard. It is unlikely to be this song, which was not published until 1917. The melody is based on "Fantaisie-Impromptu" by Frédéric Chopin and it is likely to be this that is heard, though most people would think of the first song.
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When Croft and Capt. Sinclair inspect an S.E.5 aircraft, the latter says, "We had pups before." "We are damn lucky to get these". The "pups" is a reference to the Sopwith Pup fighter aircraft. It entered service in autumn 1916 and had been mostly withdrawn from service by the time the movie takes place, in October 1917.
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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 (1990).
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Malcolm McDowell and David Wood had previously co-starred in If.... (1968).
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Malcolm McDowell and Christopher Plummer both played villains in Star Trek films. Plummer as General Chang in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) and McDowell in as Dr. Tolian Soren in Star Trek: Generations (1994).
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