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Aces High (1976)

PG | | Action, Drama, War | December 1977 (USA)
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In WW1 the high casualty rate among the rookie pilots of the Royal Flying Corps puts an enormous strain on the survivors.

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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:
... Gresham
... Sinclair
... Crawford
... Croft
... Thompson
... Headmaster
... Silkin
... Colonel Lyle
... Brigadier Whale
Christopher Blake ... Roberts
Gilles Béhat ... Beckenauer (as Gilles Behat)
Elliott Cooper ... Wade
... Bennett
... Joyce
Jacques Maury ... Ponnelle
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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

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Aces High  »

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£1,250,000 (estimated)
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(Technicolor) (uncredited)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The "S.E.5a's" the British pilots are flying are in reality modified Belgian "SV4 Stampe's" from the 1930s. Three airworthy and one static aircraft were used. The static was set on fire in a scene. 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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Opening credits prologue: England October 1916 See more »

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Version of Journey's End (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Goodbye-ee
(uncredited)
Written by Bert Lee and R.P. Weston
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Very good!
29 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

Good old English film school! Everything in this film is much above average: realistic character of what we call "superhero" that is played by amazing and 100% well casted Malcolm McDowell. War heroism brought to big question by all means is performed by great and colorful film style. What lies beneath the war is depicted well in leading characters. Discretely implied message of anti-war film is presented by disability of sane human conscience to accept death and destruction. Very good dogfight scenes, excellent acting and above everything dynamic and engaging movie pace. Strongly recommended to all war movie lovers.


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