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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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On April 21, 1918, the Red Baron of Germany and the Black Sheep of the R.A.F. 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

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1971 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Red Baron See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland See more »

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Corman Company See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It is now widely believed that the shot that killed the Red Baron was not fired by Capt. Brown but from a gunner positioned on the ground. The path of the bullet through the Baron's chest suggested the fatal shot was fired from a much lower angle that the high right angle Capt. Brown made his attack from. It is also unlikely that the Baron would have lived long enough to land his plane given the time between Brown's engagement and the landing. See more »

Goofs

During the aerial battles, modern electrical pylons are seen on the ground. See more »

Quotes

Canadian Reporter: Lieutenant Brown, the readers of the Toronto Star want to know about Canada's newest Ace.
Roy Brown: What is there to know? I'm just a technician; I change things.
Canadian Reporter: Change things?
Roy Brown: Put a plane in front of me, with a man in it, I change them into a wreck and a corpse.
Canadian Reporter: Well... well how do you like France?
Roy Brown: It's a nice country, isn't it? Lots of my friends will be staying after the war.
Canadian Reporter: Ah... how do you like the French girls, Lieutenant?
Roy Brown: With both their arms and legs, I think.
Canadian Reporter: [coughs] ... the German planes, are...
[...]
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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 »

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the highest ace
25 March 2012 | by jamescallumburtonSee all my reviews

The ( fictional ) life of WW1's greatest flying ace. This film receives a lot of negative attention due to the fact that it differs from historical truth quite a lot. However that aside the film is quite decent since the acting is quite good and it features great flying sequences and really nice planes that are all accurate for the time . It's not going to be fun to watch for anyone who knows about Von Richtofen , but it is just a film after all and does provide excitement and enjoyable drama so it definitely is worth giving a watch. It is quite similar to the battle of the bulge film in the sense it tramples all over historical events in order to create a better and more exciting story. Unorthodox but still a good film.


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