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Aces High (1976)

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In World War I, the high casualty rate amongst the rookie pilots of the Royal Flying Corps puts an enormous strain on the survivors.

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Jack Gold

Writers:

Howard Barker (screenplay), R.C. Sherriff (play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Malcolm McDowell ... Gresham
Christopher Plummer ... Sinclair
Simon Ward ... Crawford
Peter Firth ... Croft
David Wood ... Thompson
John Gielgud ... Headmaster
Trevor Howard ... Silkin
Richard Johnson ... Colonel Lyle
Ray Milland ... Brigadier Whale
Christopher Blake Christopher Blake ... Roberts
Gilles Béhat Gilles Béhat ... Beckenauer (as Gilles Behat)
Elliott Cooper Elliott Cooper ... Wade
David Daker ... Bennett
Barry Jackson ... Joyce
Jacques Maury Jacques Maury ... Ponnelle
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Storyline

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>

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Taglines:

High above the trenches 14 days is a long life...This is the 15th day!

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | France

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

December 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aces High See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£1,250,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

When Croft (Peter Firth) and Captain Sinclair (Christopher Plummer) inspect an S.E. 5 aircraft, the latter says, "We had pups before." "We are damn lucky to get these." The "pups" is a reference to the Sopwith Pup fighter aircraft. It entered service in autumn 1916 and had been mostly withdrawn from service by the time the movie takes place, in October 1917. See more »

Goofs

Because of the use of more modern 'disguised' aircraft, most of the kites shown have pneumatic tyres on their undercarriage, instead of the solid rubber tyres correct to the period. See more »

Quotes

Mess Corporal Bennett: [as the pilots set off early in the morning on a dangerous mission] How many for breakfast? Any of them?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: England October 1916 See more »

Alternate Versions

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 »

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Featured in The World According to Smith & Jones: War (1988) See more »

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Goodbye-ee
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Journeys End with WW1 planes
15 February 2001 | by robred69See all my reviews

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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