A naive young officer straight from school arrives on the Western front to fight the air war against the Germans. However, the life expectancy of green pilots is not very good.Written by
Orde Saunders <ODS101@York.ac.uk>
The pilots sing a song with the lyrics, "A handsome young pilot lay dying...". This song was based on "The Old Stable Jacket" or "Tarpaulin Jacket" (lyrics by G.J. Whyte-Melville, music by Charles Coote). See more »
Major Gressham is depicted as the leader of 76 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps.
That particular squadron was based in England throughout the war and never saw action in France or elsewhere. See more »
Opening credits prologue: England October 1916 See more »
Some DVD releases feature a shorter print which reduces the French restaurant scene and misses out shots of the officers looking at a slideshow of nude photographs. These appear to have been made by the distributor, as the film has never been cut by the BBFC. See more »
Ive seen this film about four times. A great film that didn't flinch from showing a class-ridden and brutal look at the reality of World War 1. Malcolm MacDowell was excellent as the Squadron Leader and Christopher Plummer was superb as the 'kindly uncle' figure who gave allowances and understanding to young pilots who were faced with the prospect of death every day on active duty.
World War One films are very hard to make , simply because the Director has to capture and expose the horror of a modern war in a period where the participants are caught in a mood of adventure and duty.Aces High demonstrates this fact entirely.
The film is based on the book Journeys End , and damn I missed it when it was on at the theatre , but hey. Anyway this film version is turned into the Play with Planes.
Anyway a great Film and brilliantly acted. I highly recommend this film to any war film buff , like myself.
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