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

Director:

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

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Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The "S.E. 5As" the British pilots are flying are in reality modified Belgian "SV.4 Stampes" from the 1930s. Three airworthy and one static aircraft were used. The static was set on fire in a scene. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where the squadron are assembled in the mess to entertain their german prisoner, one of the British pilots is wearing a football style scarf. common in the mid 1970's when the film was made. 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 »

Connections

Edited into Blackadder Goes Forth: Private Plane (1989) See more »

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Goodbye-ee
(uncredited)
Written by Bert Lee and R.P. Weston
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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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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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Budget:

GBP1,250,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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