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Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies (1973)

PG | | Drama | 1 April 1973 (USA)
Story of a 1920s stunt flyer and the son he takes on the road with him.

Director:

John Erman (as Bill Sampson)

Writers:

Claudia Salter (screenplay) (as Chips Rosen), Steven Spielberg (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cliff Robertson ... Ace Eli Walford
Eric Shea ... Rodger Walford
Pamela Franklin ... Shelby
Rosemary Murphy ... Hannah
Bernadette Peters ... Allison
Alice Ghostley ... Sister Lite
Kelly Jean Peters ... Rachel
Don Keefer ... Mr. Parsons
Patricia Smith ... Mrs. Wilma Walford
Royal Dano ... Jake
Robert Hamm Robert Hamm ... Dumb Dickie
Herb Gatlin Herb Gatlin ... Frank Savage
Arthur Malet ... Brother Watson
Ariana Chase Ariana Chase ... Betty Jo (as Ariane Munker)
Hope Summers ... Laura
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Story of a 1920s stunt flyer and the son he takes on the road with him.

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The story of Ace Eli... when planes were young and the world was innocent... except for Ace's son Rodger... Rodger of the Skies.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los ases del cielo See more »

Filming Locations:

Mount Hope, Kansas, USA

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bernadette Peters' film debut. See more »

Goofs

As Eli flies over Shelby's party, the view from the ground shows the plane banking to the left, but the view from the plane of the ground shows it is banking to the right. See more »

Quotes

Rodger Walford: Essentially, it all comes down to this: flying an aeroplane is like loving a woman.
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Connections

Referenced in Deadpool (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Who's For Complainin'?
Written and Performed by Jim Grady
Produced by John Madara
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Suicidal title, but not a bad flick...
1 March 2005 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Cliff Robertson as a wily barnstormer in the 1920s who makes his airplane his occupation. With a story by newcomer Steven Spielberg, "Ace Eli" is predictably nostalgic and not uninteresting. It has some sentiment, which is quickly evened out with grit, and a good performance by child actor Eric Shea (aside from his turn as the brainiac in "The Poseidon Adventure", this is Shea's shining moment). Robertson doesn't quite convince as a stud in the skies simply because he's so laconic as an actor; Robertson seems to love planes, but there's no glee in the man as a performer. Had Eli been played as a devilish old rascal, there might be something to the relationship between the flier and the kid, but Robertson isn't into buddyisms (he's not about to play the comic foil, nor is he willing to be a cut-up). The women are a different matter: Pamela Franklin gets most of the screen-time as a flapper, yet she's curt and cold; Bernadette Peters, as a flooze, is much preferable because she's anxious to cut through the baloney. The flying sequences are very good, but director John Erman loses his impetus on the ground, and his details are all wrong (after seeing Robertson apparently getting sick from drinking at a party, Franklin allows him to kiss her on the mouth in a barn--surely not a fancy flapper with a brand new set of wheels!). The poor reception the picture received must have bruised Spielberg (that and the release of the not dissimilar "Paper Moon" the same year). But, aside from some faults, it's an engaging, minor item. **1/2 from ****


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