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Biggles: Adventures in Time (1986)

Biggles (original title)
Daring British WWI fighter pilot James "Biggles" Bigglesworth and 1980s low-level business executive Jim Ferguson discover that they can time travel to each other's eras. They try to stop the Germans from changing the outcome of WWI.

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Fiona Hutchison ...
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Eric Von Stalhein
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Alan Polonsky ...
Bill Kizitski
Francesca Gonshaw ...
Marie
Michael Siberry ...
Algy
James Saxon ...
Bertie
Daniel Flynn ...
Ginger
Roy Boyd ...
German N.C.O
Samantha Bradshaw ...
Hotel Girl
Andrea Browne ...
Lady Buyer
David Butler ...
British Officer
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Storyline

One minute the New Yorker advertising expert Jim Ferguson is at a business party -- the next he finds himself way back in 1917 in a plane fight during World War I. Mr. Raymond explains to him that he has a time-twin, to whom he's relocated in space and time whenever one of them is in trouble. So he has to help his twin, biplane pilot Biggles, in his attempt to destroy a German super weapon, that could win their war. Of course it's hard for Jim to explain his sudden disappearances to his fiance, Debbie. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Never has a time warp been quite as warped as this. See more »


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29 January 1988 (USA)  »

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Biggles: Adventures in Time  »

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$112,132
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Trivia

Neil Dickson later reprised the Biggles character in all but name in It Couldn't Happen Here (1987). See more »

Goofs

At many points during the film the heroes use machine guns, it looks as though every one is a Sten gun type, which weren't in use until the late 1930's. See more »

Quotes

Debbie: [Debbie and Jim have traveled back in time to 1917] Jim, this is all a big put on, isn't it? Like Fantasy Island, right?
Jim Ferguson: Come on, Debbie, it's not *that* bad. It's only World War I.
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Crazy Credits

In the end of the credits it says: Filmed on location in New York - London - and the Western Front 1917. See more »

Connections

References Fantasy Island (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

CHOCKS AWAY
Performed by Jon Anderson
Music by Stanislas Syrewicz
Lyrics by Jon Anderson
Published by Warner Brothers Music/Tizz Music
administrated by Warner Brothers Music
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Decent, but not great
28 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

"Biggles" aspired to be an adventure movie in the sense of the old serials and dime novels; it comes close to succeeding on some levels, but blows it where it matters. The story itself centers on a bland frozen food marketer who keeps finding himself transported back in time to help a pilot.

Some things worked out very well; the close up shots of biplanes dogfighting and streaking down to just graze the ground, the accuracy of the equipment and weapons for the time period. (For those who don't believe machine guns existed back then, the one they use is a Bergmann MP-18, which was correct for 1917-1918.) You also get to see Peter Cushing in one of his last roles.

Other things required some suspension of belief, namely the Germans developing secret weapons in World War ONE.

But what ruined the movie for me was the god awful eighties pop music soundtrack, and a lead actor who has as much charisma as a wooden door. You can tell they were thinking of making a TV series or move franchise from this one, with different music and a better lead, they might have.


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