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Der rote Baron (2008)

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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.


(as Nikolai Müllerschoen)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomás Koutník ...
Young Manfred von Richthofen
Tomás Ibl ...
Young Lothar von Richthofen
Albert Franc ...
Young Wolfram von Richthofen
Hanno Koffler ...
Kirmaier (as Lukás Príkazký)
Ondrej Volejník ...
1st German Soldier
Jirí Wohanka ...
2nd German Soldier
Iveta Jirícková ...
Redhead Whore


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)  »

Also Known As:

The Red Baron  »

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Box Office


€18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,931, 21 March 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$36,569, 11 April 2010
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The nurse Käte Otersdorf in the film was a real person and she was the nurse who attended to Richthofen after he received the head wound. There were several photographs (probably taken for propaganda purposes) in which she was shown with Richthofen, often together with a large group of other people. There was, however, never any evidence or even suggestion that there was a love affair between them. See more »


When the "boys" are taxing the Curtiss Jenny around and one of them hits the haystack - the closeup of him sitting in the airplane, there is a radio antenna on the fuselage just forward of the vertical fin. See more »


[first lines]
Bodenschatz: Are you out of your bloody minds?
Manfred von RichthofenSternbergVossLehmann: [in unison] Yes, sir.
Bodenschatz: You risk the squadron planes to attend an enemy funeral?
Manfred von RichthofenSternbergVossLehmann: [in unison] Yes, sir!
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Boelcke,Goering , Allmenröder ..Where are they?
24 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

It's a German version of that dreadful Hollywood flop "Flying Boy". Immediately after you sat down in a theater, you are overwhelmed by the generous usage of CGI , while being flabbergasted by total lack of any tenable plot.Although I don't want to complain about "historical fact", it gets my nerve to watch a young and lanky German actor (whose acting indeed is not bad at all) plays a short and stout Manfred Con Richtofen. On the other hand , tall and aggressive younger brother Rothar was portrayed by an almost effeminate youthful actor.Worse still, Til Schweiger plays Werner Voss who was 5 years younger than the Baron..Herrgott! I don't want to mention about the fact that Boelcke, Goering, and Allmenroder ,whose lives were indispensables to portray the life of the Red Baron, were totally omitted in this movie. What was matter with a person who casted these actors and screenwriter who wrote such a delusional script? There is no single shred of realism and I am afraid of saying that there might have been no exertion to portray real historical people whose lives were certainly much more interesting and dramatic than those depicted in this movie. And ..those pacifist message the Baron constantly delivered!!give me a break!! The Baron was a professional soldier , not war-conscript and he himself said everything else was nonsense other than shooting down an enemy in dogfight..He was certainly not as bloodthirsty and aggressive as Berthold , but certainly not the one depicted in the movie,either. This movie is just a good example of movie made by those who lost their past and live in historical amnesia.real tragedy indeed!

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