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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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Jim Ferguson
Fiona Hutchison ...
Debbie Stephens
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Air Commodore Colonel William Raymond
Marcus Gilbert ...
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Chuck
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Bill
Francesca Gonshaw ...
Marie
Michael Siberry ...
James Saxon ...
Daniel Flynn ...
Roy Boyd ...
German N.C.O
Samantha Bradshaw ...
Hotel Girl
Andrea Browne ...
Lady Buyer
David Butler ...
British Officer
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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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$112,132 (USA)
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The half-track in which Eric von Stalhein arrives at the airfield is a Citroën Kégresse Type P17 which was made in France between 1929-1934. See more »

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Colonel Raymond's quarters have a blazing fire, despite the fact that there are no chimneys in Tower Bridge. See more »

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[Debbie and Chuck enter Jim's hotel room to find Jim dressed as a nun, and with a gun on the chair]
Chuck: Religious Transvestite Bank robber. That one's not even in the book.
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In the end of the credits it says: Filmed on location in New York - London - and the Western Front 1917. See more »

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NO TURNING BACK
Performed by The Immortals
Written and Produced by John Deacon and Robert Ahwal
Published by Copyright control
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Decent, but not great
28 March 1999 | by (Central USA) – 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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