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