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The Great Waldo Pepper ()


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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 more »

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Waldo Pepper
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Axel Olsson
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Ernst Kessler
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Mary Beth
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Newt
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Ezra Stiles
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Dillhoefer
Roderick Cook ...
Werfel
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Patsy
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Maude
Scott Newman ...
Duke
James S. Appleby ...
Ace
Patrick W. Henderson Jr. ...
Scooter
James N. Harrell ...
Farmer (as James Harrell)
Elma Aicklen ...
Farmer's Wife
Deborah Knapp ...
Farmer's Daughter
John A. Zee ...
Director, Western Set
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Western Star
Jack Manning ...
Director, Spanish Set
Joe Billings ...
Policeman
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German Star (as Lawrence Casey)
Greg Martin ...
Assistant Director
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenny E. Bishop ...
(uncredited)
Greg Bransom ...
Carnival Specrator (uncredited)
A.L. Camp ...
Farmer (uncredited)
Harvey Christiansen ...
Farmer in Crowd (uncredited)
William Creamer ...
Country Man in Restaurant (uncredited)
Cheryl Downey ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Inge Erving ...
City Woman in Restaurant (uncredited)
Todd Ezell ...
Carny Barker (uncredited)
John Guttman ...
Poth Farmer #2 (uncredited)
Robert S. Holman ...
Farmer at Fence #1 (uncredited)
Elsie Julian ...
Country Woman in Restaurant (uncredited)
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Air show attendee (uncredited)
Patrick G. Koerber ...
Man in Crowd (uncredited)
Ruby Leonard ...
Ruby (uncredited)
James Patrick Lockett ...
Boy from Poth (uncredited)
Richard A. Meyer ...
Poth Farmer #1 (uncredited)
Steve Moriarty ...
Airport Mechanic (uncredited)
Wayne Nowotny ...
(uncredited)
Harold Offer ...
City Man in Restaurant (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ...
Doctor (uncredited)
James Rosborough ...
Farmer at Fence #2 (uncredited)
Art Scholl ...
Red Baron (uncredited)
George W. Smyth ...
Little Falls Farmer (uncredited)
Robert W. Winn ...
Theater Manager (uncredited)

Directed by

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George Roy Hill

Written by

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George Roy Hill ... (story)
 
William Goldman ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Robert Crawford Jr. ... associate producer (as Robert L. Crawford)
George Roy Hill ... producer

Music by

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Henry Mancini

Cinematography by

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Robert Surtees

Film Editing by

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William Reynolds

Editorial Department

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Richard Wahrman ... assistant film editor (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Henry Bumstead

Set Decoration by

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James W. Payne ... (as James Payne)

Costume Design by

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Edith Head

Makeup Department

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Gary Liddiard ... makeup artist
Fred C. Blau Jr. ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Lorraine Roberson ... hairdresser (uncredited)

Production Management

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Lloyd Anderson ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jerry Ballew ... second assistant director
Ray Gosnell Jr. ... first assistant director (as Ray Gosnell)
Scott U. Adam ... assistant director (uncredited)
Cheryl Downey ... apprentice assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Gil Aguilar ... construction propmaker (uncredited)
Chester Duncan ... property master (uncredited)
Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)
Peter Ivy ... construction propmaker (uncredited)
John R. Jensen ... construction foreman (uncredited)
Henry Larrecq ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Buzz Newhouse ... construction coordinator (uncredited)
William A. Petrotta ... second prop man (uncredited)
Ken Price ... construction propmaker (uncredited)
John Riggen ... construction grip (uncredited)
Thomas L. Roysden ... leadman (uncredited)
Kája Saudek ... Czech poster designer (uncredited)
Billy Lee Smith ... construction propmaker (uncredited)
Jimmy Stewart ... construction propmaker (uncredited)
Greg Villalva ... construction propmaker (uncredited)
Greek Wade ... construction propmaker (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Peter Berkos ... supervising sound editor
Robert J. Miller ... sound (as Bob Miller)
Ronald Pierce ... sound
Roger Sword ... sound editor
Jack Danskin ... mikeman (uncredited)
William Griffith ... radio man (uncredited)
Melvin M. Metcalfe Sr. ... sound mixer (uncredited)
Dennis C. Salcedo ... optical sound recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Ben McMahan ... effects supervisor
Bruce Wolke ... special effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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James S. Appleby ... stunts (uncredited)
Buff Brady ... stunts (uncredited)
Edward T. Clahan ... stunts (uncredited)
Erik Cord ... stunts (uncredited)
Howard Curtis ... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Gilbert ... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Harris ... stunts (uncredited)
John Kazian ... stunts (uncredited)
'Wild' Bill Mock ... stunts (uncredited)
John Moio ... stunts (uncredited)
Frank L. Pine ... stunts (uncredited)
Audrey Saunders ... stunts (uncredited)
Art Scholl ... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith ... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader ... stunts (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Charles W. Short ... camera operator (as Chuck Short)
Oscar Barber ... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Richard Barth ... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Nick Brown ... electrical best boy (uncredited)
Joe Cucci ... second grip (uncredited)
Thomas Del Ruth ... camera operator (uncredited)
Arthur W. Frantz ... lamp operator-la (uncredited)
Pete Hopki ... assistant camera: Chicago (uncredited)
Robert C. Jessup ... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Earl Kennedy ... gaffer (uncredited)
Don Lambert ... key grip (uncredited)
Al Martino ... camera mechanic (uncredited)
Lou Noto ... assistant camera: Chicago (uncredited)
Vincent Saizis ... camera operator: Chicago (uncredited)
Edward Thompson ... dolly grip (uncredited)
Timothy E. Wade ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Shari Rhodes ... casting coordinator: Texas (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Bernie Pollack ... costume supervisor
Norma Brown ... costumer: women (uncredited)
Jules Melillo ... costumer: men (uncredited)
Joe Williams ... costumer: men (uncredited)

Location Management

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Michael Britton ... location manager (uncredited)
Irving Kramer ... location auditor (uncredited)

Music Department

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Ethmer Roten ... musician: flute (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Jack Lloyd ... transportation captain (uncredited)
Joseph Lockwood ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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James S. Appleby ... air work
Wayne Berg ... air work
Charlsie Bryant ... script supervisor
Howard Curtis ... air work
Mike Dewey ... air work
John Kazian ... air work
Thomas G. Mooney ... air work
Frank L. Pine ... air work (as Frank Pine)
Frank Price ... air work
Audrey Saunders ... air work
Art Scholl ... air work
Frank Tallman ... air sequences supervisor / air work
Ralph Wiggins ... air work
Sharon Mayhew ... production secretary (uncredited)
Dominic Santarone ... caterer (uncredited)
Ruth Santarone ... caterer (uncredited)
Giff Tallman ... air observer (uncredited)
Danny Young ... payroll timekeeper (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Robert Redford Takes to the Skies in This Rousing Adventure See more »
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Also Known As
  • La kermesse des aigles (France)
  • Tollkühne Flieger (Germany)
  • El carnaval de las águilas (Spain)
  • A nagy Waldo Pepper (Hungary)
  • Великият Уолдо Пипър (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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  • 107 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia There are no studio takes in airplanes. All close-ups of actors being airborne were done for real, sometimes with George Roy Hill, a former Marine pilot himself, flying the airplane while directing. Scenes with Robert Redford and Bo Svenson climbing out on the wing were done without any security harness or parachutes. See more »
Goofs When Ezra and Waldo drive up to the farmhouse in Ezra's pick-up it is very obvious that the truck looks far too old for the 1920's time frame of the movie. In the late 1920's that truck would have been new or nearly new. Instead, it is obviously 40 or 50 years old (which is just about exactly the age it would have been when the movie was released in 1975). See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Hooper (1978). See more »
Quotes Axel Olsson: Guess who's still alive... ME!
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