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The Red Baron (2008)
"Der rote Baron" (original title)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Albert Franc ...
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Sternberg
Hanno Koffler ...
Lehmann
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Richard Krajco ...
Hawker
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Brown
Steffen Schroeder ...
Bodenschatz
Lukás Príkazský ...
Kirmaier (as Lukás Príkazký)
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Käte
Ondrej Volejník ...
1st German Soldier
Jirí Wohanka ...
2nd German Soldier
Iveta Jirícková ...
Redhead Whore
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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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Rated PG-13 for war violence, some disturbing images and brief suggestive material | See all certifications »

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10 April 2008 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

O Barão Vermelho  »

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€18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$36,569 (USA) (9 April 2010)
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Val Kilmer was initially considered for the title role. See more »

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One of Richthofens fellow pilots in the early part of the movie is Stefan Kirmaier who's funeral is featured. Kirmaier is claimed to have been shot down by the French but was in reality shot down by an English pilot. Kirmaiers death is also reported to his fellow pilots during what appears to be high or late summer, even though the historical Stefan Kirmaier was shot down 22nd November. See more »

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Manfred von Richthofen: And whatever side we fought, we all knew the risks we took. I wanted to be the best, I wanted to win and I thought I won. But I can see now, Kate. I see we've turned our world into a damn slaughterhouse. And I'm already too big a part of it. They're using my photograph to give hope where there is none. They use my name to feign immortality, whereas the reality is annihilation.
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Open Skies
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A treat for aviation fans.
21 January 2009 | by (Chicago, Illinois, United States) – See all my reviews

If you're an aviation fan, you're going to love this movie. The aerial scenes of World War I era biplanes in action are truly astounding.

The lead role of the Baron is played by Matthias Schweighöfer whose boyish good looks and magnetic smile are fully exploited to make the Red Baron impossible to dislike. The character of the Baron is portrayed as a young man of high principals who struggles to reconcile his humanity in the completely inhumane circumstances of war. He is torn between his sense of duty to his country and it's megalomaniac leadership and his conscience. Now I don't know if any of that is actually true, but it makes for a touching story nonetheless.

Overwhelmingly I was aware that the makers of this movie wanted to transmit the message that Germans are not the stereotype so often portrayed in war movies as either emotionless auto-bots of death and destruction or blood thirsty hums. Is this done in an effort to raise public opinion of Germans (it is a German production by the way) or because audiences are growing intolerant of stereotyping and it's injurious, evil nature. I can't say, I'd like to believe the latter, but you'll certainly find the Baron and his fellow pilots all endearing characters and you'll be saddened when most of them meet their maker in the course of the story.

The writer – director Nikolai Müllerschön isn't very loyal to historical facts in many respects. I was particularly disturbed by the portrayal of the German Emperor (Kaiser Wilhelm) as a warmongering protagonist and Paul Von Hindenburg as a foolish smiling fat man. However, in order for the character of the Baron to shine so brightly the Baron needed dark forces to nobly resist and therefore these men were transformed to serve that purpose. I strongly advise the viewer not to expect to get a history lesson from his movie.


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