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Biggles: Adventures in Time (1986)

Biggles (original title)
Daring British WWI fighter pilot James "Biggles" Bigglesworth and 1980s low-level business executive Jim Ferguson discover that they can time travel to each other's eras. They try to stop the Germans from changing the outcome of WWI.

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John Hough

Writers:

W.E. Johns (characters) (as Capt. W.E. Johns), John Groves (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Dickson ... James 'Biggles' Bigglesworth
Alex Hyde-White ... Jim Ferguson
Fiona Hutchison Fiona Hutchison ... Debbie Stephens
Peter Cushing ... Air Commodore Colonel William Raymond
Marcus Gilbert ... Eric Von Stalhein
William Hootkins ... Chuck Dinsmore
Alan Polonsky Alan Polonsky ... Bill Kizitski
Francesca Gonshaw ... Marie
Michael Siberry ... Algy
James Saxon ... Bertie
Daniel Flynn ... Ginger
Roy Boyd Roy Boyd ... German N.C.O
Samantha Bradshaw Samantha Bradshaw ... Hotel Girl
Andrea Browne Andrea Browne ... Lady Buyer
David Butler David Butler ... British Officer
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One minute the New Yorker advertising expert Jim Ferguson is at a business party -- the next he finds himself way back in 1917 in a plane fight during World War I. Mr. Raymond explains to him that he has a time-twin, to whom he's relocated in space and time whenever one of them is in trouble. So he has to help his twin, biplane pilot Biggles, in his attempt to destroy a German super weapon, that could win their war. Of course it's hard for Jim to explain his sudden disappearances to his fiance, Debbie. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Trivia

The helicopter used in the film was a Bell Model 206BII JetRanger, registered G-BAKF with pop-out emergency floats fitted on the skids. Later on, it was involved in a thankfully non-fatal accident in 1989 after colliding with electrical wires when the pilot was preparing to land. The crew escaped with minor injuries, but the helicopter was written off and broken up for spare parts. See more »

Goofs

When Biggles is talking with Peter Cushing's character in Tower Bridge, there is a raven stood upon a perch. Immediately after Biggles comments on the photograph of him and his colleagues, the bird is seen to defecate. The microphone even catches the sound of the dropping hitting the floor. See more »

Quotes

Biggles: Quick! Untie us before they realise you're not a God, you're just an American.
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Crazy Credits

In the end of the credits it says: Filmed on location in New York - London - and the Western Front 1917. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hagan Reviews: Biggles: Adventures in Time (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

NO TURNING BACK
Performed by The Immortals
Written and Produced by John Deacon and Robert Ahwal
Published by Copyright control
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A really fun adventure
6 May 1999 | by Ta'LonSee all my reviews

This film is not meant to be taken seriously, but is a thoroughly enjoyable romp, with a lot of humour. I watch my recording from time to time, and still laugh at it.

I particularly liked the way that Col. Raymond explained to Ferguson that the Germans are developing a secret weapon that could change the outcome of WWI, as though the war is still taking place, rather than being long over. This film gave the feeling that the past is still just as real as the present, and is somehow happening at the same time - spooky!

The background music was excellent: the "So you want to be a hero?!" piece as the biplanes streaked along just over the ground, woods on both sides, was marvelous.

The supporting characters of Algy, Bertie and Ginger seemed to fit so well with the old Capt. W.E. Johns stories - the actors really looked the part. Neil Dickson was excellent as the brave but human British hero who, when Von Stalheim proposes a toast "To War", replies "To Peace". The film definitely captured some of the "Boy's Own" era of British story-telling, when the heroes were bold, resourceful and always ready to have a go at the enemy, regardless of the odds or the danger - but always remained polite and courteous.

I really don't understand why this film bombed out at the box-office; after all, we have all seen far worse films which did much better. Perhaps the name "Biggles" is too British to attract an American audience, who don't have the nostalgic fondness for the character that we who read the books in our youth have?


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Release Date:

29 January 1988 (USA) See more »

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Gross USA:

$112,132
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Dolby

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1.85 : 1
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