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
Val Kilmer was initially considered for the title role, even though during filming he would have been in his late 40s, at least 20 years older than the real Manfred von Richthofen ever lived to be. See more »
In Lanoe Hawker's final scene his aircraft seems to change during combat. In the movie Hawker flies and is eventually shot down in a (anachronistic) S.E.5. When Hawker is being chased by Richthofen the camera switches to a rear shot of Hawkers plane. In this scene Hawker is not flying a S.E.5 but probably an equally anachronistic "Sopwith Camel" (or any plane other than S.E.5) judging by the shape of the latter's wings. When Hawkers aircraft is hit and starts to smoke he is seen flying a two-seater with an observer/gunner in the rear seat.
On the ground Hawkers aircraft switches back to the S.E.5. See more »
This is an excellent movie which indeed does not align with the image which has been forced upon us for years where you almost drown in the stereo types like these are the good and bad ones, the WW1 air battle was fought this way, people were dying this or that way, Germans have to be portrait as brutal and unromantic, etc. Notwithstanding that WW1 was a most brutal war and there should be no second thought about that however this particular German movie portrays in an intimate and human way the walks of one of their own famous officers. In this light it is almost understandable that some viewers are turned off by this surprisingly humane and emotional way this movie has been filmed. I really got mesmerized in a positive way watching this movie which for me turned out to be one of the best movies depicting this special breed of early combat pilots whatever side they fought and gave it a well deserved 10 out of 10.
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