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The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)

A biplane pilot who had missed flying in WWI takes up barnstorming and later a movie career in his quest for the glory he had missed, eventually getting a chance to prove himself in a film ... See full summary »

Director:

George Roy Hill

Writers:

George Roy Hill (story), William Goldman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Redford ... Waldo Pepper
Bo Svenson ... Axel Olsson
Bo Brundin ... Ernst Kessler
Susan Sarandon ... Mary Beth
Geoffrey Lewis ... Newt
Edward Herrmann ... Ezra Stiles
Philip Bruns ... Dillhoefer
Roderick Cook Roderick Cook ... Werfel
Kelly Jean Peters ... Patsy
Margot Kidder ... Maude
Scott Newman Scott Newman ... Duke
James S. Appleby James S. Appleby ... Ace
Patrick W. Henderson Jr. Patrick W. Henderson Jr. ... Scooter
James N. Harrell James N. Harrell ... Farmer (as James Harrell)
Elma Aicklen Elma Aicklen ... Farmer's Wife
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Storyline

A biplane pilot who had missed flying in WWI takes up barnstorming and later a movie career in his quest for the glory he had missed, eventually getting a chance to prove himself in a film depicting the dogfights in the Great War. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tollkühne Flieger See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$20,642,922
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In his book "Adventures in the Screen Trade" writer William Goldman wrote that his original idea for the opening scene was cut. The idea was to open with a young boy trying to impress a young girl by holding out his arms and actually being able to fly. We then see the sky filled with young boys flying and young girls being impressed. The director felt the tone of that scene did not match the rest of the film. See more »

Goofs

After Ezra crashes trying to do the loop Waldo takes off in a plane to chase of the spectators. The pilot is wearing goggles. In the subsequent shots where Waldo buzzes the crowd he is not wearing goggles. See more »

Quotes

Axel Olsson: Guess who's still alive... ME!
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Connections

Referenced in Danger Zone: The Making of 'Top Gun' (2004) See more »

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Classic "Biggles Opera" - Redford at his most handsome!
23 April 2006 | by info-3622See all my reviews

This is a well shot film (the light in the Prarie scenes are beautiful) about why people love flying and how it gets into their bones to the point where they will take great risks with their lives as well as other people's!

Redford looks heroic and every bit the Ladies Man especially in uniform.

The aerial sequences are terrific with some really risky stunts and shots. Made in 1975, there are no CGI effects - everything is real and raw.

I felt the film to be a little slow at times but it's a film for grown ups so we can take that speed, can't we?

Scott A. Frisina's review on the main page is as good a synopsis as anyone can give - that's how it is - read it then see this excellent film.


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