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The Red Baron (2008)

Der rote Baron (original title)
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German biopic loosely based on the World War I fighter ace Manfred Von Richthofen, nicknamed the Red Baron by friend and foe alike.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomás Koutník ...
Tomás Ibl ...
Albert Franc ...
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Sternberg
Hanno Koffler ...
Lehmann
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Hawker
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Brown
Steffen Schroeder ...
Bodenschatz
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Kirmaier (as Lukás Príkazký)
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Ondrej Volejník ...
1st German Soldier
Jirí Wohanka ...
2nd German Soldier
Iveta Jirícková ...
Redhead Whore
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Storyline

Baron Manfred von Richthofen is the most feared and celebrated pilot of the German air force in World War I. To him and his companions, air combats are events of sporty nature, technical challenge and honorable acting, ignoring the terrible extent of war. But after falling in love with the nurse Käte, Manfred realizes he is only used for propaganda means. Caught between his disgust for the war, and the responsibility for his fighter wing, von Richthofen sets out to fly again. Written by j

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One warrior ruled the sky. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for war violence, some disturbing images and brief suggestive material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 April 2008 (Germany)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

€18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,931 (USA) (19 March 2010)

Gross:

$36,569 (USA) (9 April 2010)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Til Schweiger was 42 when he played Werner Voss who didn't even live to be 21. See more »

Goofs

The large scale air battles between scouts of squadron strength at night - as shown in the film - could not have taken place in WWI. The airmen would hardly have been to see anything at night, not to mention distinguish friend from foe. Night missions in WWI were largely confined to attacks by a few planes on large targets like Zeppelins, or large bombers which - because of the nature of their missions - had to continue on fixed and predictable courses. Even in the Second World War, over two decades later, night actions remained a chancy business - even with the use of radio and radar. Even then, night fighters usually needed crews of two or more - they were needed for navigation, operating radio, etc. It was well after WWII that technology had advanced far enough to enable planes to locate and destroy the enemy under conditions of almost complete darkness. See more »

Quotes

Manfred von Richthofen: I don't want them to be surprised. I want them to be scared.
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Connections

Version of Von Richthofen and Brown (1971) See more »

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Open Skies
performed by Reamonn
composed by Reamonn
published by b612 publishing / Reamonn Publishing
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Der Rote Baron (The Red Baron)
25 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I consider this a fun and exciting movie. I knocked it down a little because of the historical inconsistencies, but the tale is well told, the movie does not drag and it was very easy to fall in love with this movie. I only want it released into the United States now. I saw it and fell in love with it.

I think they did a marvelous job of recreating the feel of aerial combat, the uniforms and planes of the time (not to mention the cool automobiles) and I thought the acting was quite good.

Til Schweiger is great as the role of Werner Voss. Lena Heady is a great nurse Kate and Mathias Schweighofer manages to give what I believe is a command performance as a young, idealistic Prussian lad called to war.

I also thought they did a good job of re-creating the Kaiser and his generals. It was so convincing that I almost thought I was seeing Von Hindenberg and the Kaiser in the bunker.

I would have liked to see Boelcke and others in the movie, but maybe you can only do so much in two hours. I watched this fine movie and felt a real kinship with these flying kids. As a part Prussian-American, it was easy to identify with them.

Well done and well worth watching.


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