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 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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Heroes Rise. Empires Fall. Legends Endure. 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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Trivia

Although this is a movie made in Germany it was actually spoken by all performers in the English language. This surprises many viewers who think it was originally spoken in German and dubbed into English later. However the developers were interested more in reaching the widest audience possible. They felt that the German viewership would be minimal and so it turned out. It is an interesting fact that even English actors in the movie such as Lena Headey who played a German nurse acted with a light German accent! Ms Headey will be remembered for her later starring role in Game of Thrones. She was born in Bermuda her father being British and stationed there at the time See more »

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The movie depicts Voss and Richtofen serving in the same unit for the entire war. In real life, Werner Voss served in several fighter squadrons throughout his flying career, and only briefly with Richtofen. They were not in the same squadron when Voss was shot down. 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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References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

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Open Skies
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Better than expected
4 December 2007 | by cocovzSee all my reviews

I had the opportunity to see this film yesterday during a pre-screening in hamburg. Technically not yet perfect (in terms of grading, sound design and some effects) we saw the final cut. And I am truly pleasantly surprised. The film being a German production, the lead roles Germans, mixed with an international cast, made me extremely skeptical because - apart from the perfume - I haven't seen a truly convincing German project for a "big film" yet. BUT, this film was really well done. Good performances by all actors throughout, an amazing production design, and - best of all - really astonishing and eye catching visual effects and cgi. The effects were very subtle all over and never really recognizable. That makes good VFX!

The film itself is not a flat action/history flick, it has a message to tell and that comes across really well. The relationship between the baron and his girl is told in a very subtle way, no cheesy romance-scenes. It all happens during WW1, there was simply no time for big emotions. So we don't see a "Pearl Harbour" Hollywood flick, but a picture that shows how it really might have been - flying a plane during war. There are no clichés, just a portrait of a hero that did not even want to be one. And the cruelty and absurdity of war itself, as even the main protagonist has to learn. The ending is also well done and not cheesy or over the top. Apart from that the film did not really grab me, I enjoyed watching but was seldomly thrilled or emotionally moved. Maybe some of the characters were simply a little too flat. Also the film jumps at times and leaves out some interesting battle scenes, I had the impression they did it to keep the VFX work down.. Overall I give it a 6.5/10.


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Country:

Germany | UK

Language:

German | English | French

Release Date:

10 April 2008 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Red Baron See more »

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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