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The Blue Max (1966)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 21 June 1966 (USA)
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A young pilot in the German air force of 1918, disliked as lower-class and unchivalrous, tries ambitiously to earn the medal offered for 20 kills.

Director:

John Guillermin

Writers:

Jack Hunter (novel), Ben Barzman (adaptation) | 4 more credits »
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Peppard ... Lt. Bruno Stachel
James Mason ... General Count von Klugermann
Ursula Andress ... Kaeti
Jeremy Kemp ... Willi von Klugermann
Karl Michael Vogler ... Heidemann
Anton Diffring ... Holbach
Harry Towb ... Kettering
Peter Woodthorpe ... Corporal Rupp
Derek Newark Derek Newark ... Ziegel
Derren Nesbitt ... Fabian
Loni von Friedl ... Elfi Heidemann (as Loni Von Friedl)
Friedrich von Ledebur ... Feldmarschall von Lenndorf (as Friedrich Ledebur)
Carl Schell Carl Schell ... Von Richthofen aka The Red Baron
Hugo Schuster Hugo Schuster ... Hans. Elderly Servant
Alex Scott ... The Orator
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Storyline

The tactics of a German fighter pilot offend his aristocratic comrades but win him his country's most honored medal, the Blue Max. The General finds him useful as a hero even though his wife also finds him useful as a love object. In the end the General arranges for him to test-fly an untried fighter. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

There was no quiet on the Western Front for the heroes and cowards who flew to their rendezvous with Hell! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der blaue Max See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$16,151,612, 31 December 1966
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

6-Track Stereo | 4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints) (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (optical prints) (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

As already mentioned in the "Goofs" section: The German soldiers are seen inaccurately armed with the British SMLE (Short Magazine Lee Enfield) rifle. (The Anachronistic SMLE No. 4 Mk I rifle including the equally anachronistic No. 9 Bayonet, the latter which was not available until 1947.)

By contrast, the British troops in the movie are (correctly) seen armed with the "SMLE Mk III" which was used by the British Army from 1907 and beyond, including the First World War. The rifle is also armed with the P1907 "sword" bayonet which was standard at the time. See more »

Goofs

Fokker DR1 triplanes never carried overall lozenge pattern camouflage. See more »

Quotes

[about von Klugerman's kills]
Bruno Stachel: You've got 18, haven't you?
Willi von Klugermann: Squadron Rule #1, Stachel: Gentlemen never parade their military achievements.
Bruno Stachel: Any rule against... saying how long it took you?
Willi von Klugermann: I would say that was covered by the same rule, wouldn't you?
Bruno Stachel: No. I wouldn't. How many rules are there?
Willi von Klugermann: I don't know: none of them have been written down.
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Soundtracks

Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437
(a.k.a. "The Emperor Waltz") (uncredited)
Composed by Johann Strauss (1889)
[Heard under scenes of the aristocracy]
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An Award Winning Film
6 February 2005 | by angelsunchainedSee all my reviews

The Blue Max is an entertaining and extremely well-acted and beautifully filmed motion picture.

Filmed in 1966, it's George Peppard in his prime. I'd rather remember him here, than as the bloated, red-faced character he played on A-Team.

Handsome, ruthless, charming, and doomed. That's Peppard's character. Driven by ambition to succeed, it's clear that his future is destined for destruction. The Blue Max rates as Peppard's third greatest performance(after the Carpet Baggers & Breakfast at Tiffany's).

The movie however is stolen by Jermey Kemp. Kemp is outstanding as the "gentleman" ace, whose time has come and gone. The film is a romantic tale of war, love, and hero worship. It ending is a major shock; reminding one of the surprise finale in The Sand Pebbles.

The Blue Max is a must-see for any George Peppard fan.


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