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“Otto, if this young man lives long enough, he could be very useful to our propaganda department. The current people of our country are war weary, restive. They need to be provided with a hero of their own. Von Richthofen, Willi, have our class. As far as Stachel, he’s as common as dirt. He’s one of them. Understand?” – General Count von Klugermann
Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Nov 2018)
Brief Synopsis – During World War I, a German pilot does all he can in order to receive the highest medal awarded to flyers The Blue Max.
My Take on it – This is a film that I had never even heard of before seeking a World War I film to watch and review for this blogathon.
I think I made a great choice because it manages to show the lengths that a pilot is willing to go to in order to prove that he is the best of the best not only up in the air but also in every other aspect of life including love.
This film does a great job presenting the idea of honor vs. bragging rights since the cocky pilots only wish to claim as many victories as possible even if they are questionable from a moral standpoint.
George Peppard is great in the lead role because he is able to give off the feeling that he is both a brash pilot yet also macho enough to do whatever he feels is right in order to get what he wants in life.
The character can easily be seen by the audience as one that we can root for yet still question the choices he makes in his quest for glory at all costs.
Mason is great as one of his commanders that believes that honor for their country should be at the forefront of everything while still caring about morale.
Bottom Line – Interesting story that works very well as it manages to show the lengths competitive pilot will go in order to show they are the best not only in the air but also in other parts of life. They do a great job presenting the idea of honor vs. bragging rights and is comes through really well. Peppard is great in the lead and get the macho-ism and brashness of his character just right that the viewer can care about him yet also question the methods he uses to gain his prestige. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Stunt pilot, Derek Piggott, flew both Stachel’s and Von Klugermann’s planes for the bridge storming scene. With multiple camera angles (including one from a trailing helicopter) Piggott actually flew under the bridge over twenty times. To prove that the sequence was real, sheep were placed in the field next to the bridge so that they would scatter as the plane approached. However, as can be seen in the continuity, by the 20th take the sheep had become blasé and didn’t scatter any more. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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