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The Red Baron (2008)

Der rote Baron (original title)
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German biopic loosely based on the World War I fighter ace Manfred Von Richthofen, nicknamed the Red Baron by friend and foe alike.

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Nikolai Müllerschön (as Nikolai Müllerschoen)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomás Koutník Tomás Koutník ... Young Manfred von Richthofen
Tomás Ibl Tomás Ibl ... Young Lothar von Richthofen
Albert Franc Albert Franc ... Young Wolfram von Richthofen
Matthias Schweighöfer ... Manfred von Richthofen
Maxim Mehmet ... Sternberg
Hanno Koffler ... Lehmann
Til Schweiger ... Voss
Richard Krajco ... Hawker
Joseph Fiennes ... Brown
Steffen Schroeder ... Bodenschatz
Lukás Príkazský ... Kirmaier (as Lukás Príkazký)
Lena Headey ... Käte
Ondrej Volejník Ondrej Volejník ... 1st German Soldier
Jirí Wohanka Jirí Wohanka ... 2nd German Soldier
Iveta Jirícková Iveta Jirícková ... Redhead Whore
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Storyline

Baron Manfred von Richthofen is the most feared and celebrated pilot of the German air force in World War I. To him and his companions, air combats are events of sporty nature, technical challenge and honorable acting, ignoring the terrible extent of war. But after falling in love with the nurse Käte, Manfred realizes he is only used for propaganda means. Caught between his disgust for the war, and the responsibility for his fighter wing, von Richthofen sets out to fly again. Written by j

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One warrior ruled the sky. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for war violence, some disturbing images and brief suggestive material | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Germany | UK

Language:

German | English | French

Release Date:

10 April 2008 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,931, 21 March 2010

Gross USA:

$37,189

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,783,332
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Niama Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Val Kilmer was initially considered for the title role, even though during filming he would have been in his late 40s, at least 20 years older than the real Manfred von Richthofen ever lived to be. See more »

Goofs

Kaiser Wilhelm II did not speak English with a German accent; his mother was Queen Victoria's daughter who was also King Edward VII's older sister, and he spoke English like a member of the British Royal family, which he was. However, as most of his dialogue in this film is "translated" from German, his German accent may have been the producers' way of representing that fact. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bodenschatz: Are you out of your bloody minds?
Manfred von RichthofenSternbergVossLehmann: [in unison] Yes, sir.
Bodenschatz: You risk the squadron planes to attend an enemy funeral?
Manfred von RichthofenSternbergVossLehmann: [in unison] Yes, sir!
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Connections

References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

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Open Skies
performed by Reamonn
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published by b612 publishing / Reamonn Publishing
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Well above average for the genre
21 July 2009 | by PrivateBox2See all my reviews

Despite an ending that can't help but make the viewer feel a little cheated, this film is a success on many levels. Only a little historical inaccuracy, which while certainly not a problem for most films but is almost demanded in a biopic, is a noticeable flaw.

Also, while perhaps not as "gritty" as one would like to see in a modern film, the ambiance of the film feels very "right." The viewer is seldom distracted by the realization that one is seeing CGI. The set decoration and costuming are rich and look accurate. The photography is excellent, although there is some mixing of exposure which is sometimes distracting. There is quite a bit of "floating" camera-work in establishing shots, which adds a little playful interest, almost as if one is watching from a small biplane buzzing through the scene.

The performances are understated, although the dialog does feel a little sparse at times.

Viewers who are hoping to experience another version of the exuberant athleticism of "Flyboys" from the German perspective may be underwhelmed by this film, but I found it most satisfying, especially in its restraint in delivering its anti-war message.


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