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Von Richthofen and Brown (1971)

The story of Manfred von Richthofen, the German air ace during World War I and his struggle with the enemy aces and some jealous German officers.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writers:

John William Corrington, Joyce Hooper Corrington (as Joyce H. Corrington)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Phillip Law ... Baron Manfred von Richthofen
Don Stroud ... Roy Brown
Barry Primus ... Hermann Goering
Corin Redgrave ... Major Lanoe Hawker VC
Karen Ericson ... Ilse (as Karen Huston)
Hurd Hatfield ... Anthony Fokker
Stephen McHattie ... Werner Voss
Brian Foley Brian Foley ... Lothar von Richthofen
Robert La Tourneaux ... Ernest Udet
Peter Masterson ... Major Oswald Boelke
Clint Kimbrough Clint Kimbrough ... Major von Höppner
Tom Adams ... Owen
Ferdy Mayne ... Richthofen's father
David Weston ... Murphy
John Flanagan John Flanagan ... Thompson
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Storyline

World War I: an allied squadron and a German squadron face off daily in the skies. Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron, leads one, and, although one of his decisions cost the life of his predecessor, he expects his men to honor codes of conduct. The allied squad has similar class divisions: its colonel, an aristocrat, laments that men he considers peasants are now fliers, including a cynical and ruthless Canadian, Roy Brown, the squad's ace. As the tactics of both sides break more rules and become more destructive, the Baron must decide if he is a soldier first or part of the ruling class. He and Brown have two aerial battles, trivial in the larger scheme yet tragic. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

On April 21, 1918 they met in the skies of France. For the last time. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for war action violence | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1972 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Red Baron See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Corman Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of the stunt flyers was Richard D. Bach, the pilot and author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973). See more »

Goofs

Use of an "interrupter gear" cam mechanism to allow fuselage-mounted machine guns to fire through propellers without shooting them off by stopping the gun whenever the propeller was in the way caused a far slower rate of fire than shown in the film. (The British SE-5 simply avoided the problem by mounting a machine gun to the plane's upper wing and firing over the top of the propeller.) See more »

Quotes

Reporter: You started the war as a cavalry officer, yeah?
Baron Manfred von Richthofen: Yeah.
Reporter: So, now, how does it feel to fly? To fight in the sky?
Baron Manfred von Richthofen: My ancestors were Teutonic knights; I've merely exchanged my horse for an airplane.
Reporter: [laughing] I see, so the flying is just a means to an end?
Baron Manfred von Richthofen: The flying is wonderful! But it's the hunt that I find most satisfying: the stalking, the chase, and finally the kill. The climax.
Reporter: Oh, so you enjoy it sir?
Baron Manfred von Richthofen: What should I say? War is the father of nations. It makes them slaves or it makes them free....
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Crazy Credits

The name of the German ace that brought Richthofen into his squadron at the beginning of the film was spelled wrongly as "Boelke" in the credits. His name was Oswald BOELCKE. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Roger Corman (1999) See more »

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Ambitious by Roger Corman standards with mixed results.......
24 December 2008 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

Roger Corman leaps beyond crab monsters and biker chicks to the skies over World War1 France. The film takes right off with flying sequences, which are surprisingly good. Characters are introduced at an overwhelming rate with little or no development. Both John Philip Law and Don Stroud appear uncomfortable in their flying ace roles. In their "spaghetti westerns" they look and act like they belong, but here they seem lost and out of their element. Romantic female characters are introduced, only to never be seen again. The air battles are definitely the strong point of "Von Richthofen and Brown", but even they become redundant. - MERK


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