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Von Richthofen & Brown (2007)

John Phillip Law , Don Stroud , Roger Corman  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Phillip Law, Don Stroud, Barry Primus, Corin Redgrave, Karen Ericson
  • Directors: Roger Corman
  • Writers: John William Corrington, Joyce Hooper Corrington
  • Producers: Gene Corman, Jimmy T. Murakami
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,834 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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John Phillip Law, Don Stroud. The ace German WWI pilot, Manfred von Richtofen, better known as The Red Baron," flies across the screen in this biodrama depicting the story of his exploits and his life, including his struggles with jealous German officers. 1971/color/97 min/PG-13/fullscreen.

The incredibly prolific exploitation film producer and director, Roger Corman, tries his hand at a war film with Von Richthofen and Brown, about WWI air battles between German icon Baron Manfred Von Richtofen (John Phillip Law), and his alleged captor, Canadian Lt. Roy Brown (Don Stroud). With a slowly unfolding plot that may be tedious to anyone but war buffs trolling for historical accuracy, the film is mostly about its flight sequences, as it should be. Von Richthofen and Brown shows The Red Baron's rise to glory and his noble downfall, while building sympathy for the opposing forces who plan revenge on his unbeatable German team. Interpretive scenes during which he snidely paints his squadron's planes, including his own conspicuous red, and later depicting his controversial death, during which he is shot mid-air but somehow lands his plane, are the most arresting to those not aircraft-obsessed. Tension built between Von Richthofen and Brown is half-baked, making further argument for the film's battle-scene priority. War aficionados will appreciate this film, while Corman fans will yearn for more sex, gore, melodrama, and classic Corman action. --Trinie Dalton

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WW1 Aerial Fantasy February 11, 2011
There is no need for me to add much to the criticism of this film as far as persons and events. However, my biggest problem is with the aircraft themselves. We have nothing but SE-5s for the British and Fokker D7s for the Germans. These are being used long before they were historically available. I suppose these were the easiest aircraft of the period to find, but it does get a bit redundant. At least with films like Blue Max and Flyboys you get some more attention to actual aircraft types. Visually this is a stunning film nonetheless. The non-stop action and constant downing of aircraft in neat black plumes for the dogfights seems excessive for the duration of these actions. Rather if we look at the various scenes as vignettes over a period of time it can seem a bit more realistic. There is not much character development here and some standard hints toward future radicalism of the Right in Germany is shown. Fun if you like WW1 aerial sequences, but even a bit numbing after a while.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uninspired June 11, 2008
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About the only thing right in this movie is that there were Se5s and Dr1s in WW1. The script is uninspired and the characters uninfluenced by history OR truth. In getting to know Brown you don't learn anything about the real man. The Baron himself is played stiffly and therefore nothing of the Baron's personality comes forth. The flying scenes are poorly done, but at least they are real planes and not computer fantasies. Nothing is revealed concerning the mysterious death of the Baron. Instead, the viewer is led to believe the Baron was so fixed upon May (his target) that he never saw Brown, and that Brown had a great deal of time and a very close shot in which to dispatch the Baron. The resulting film is pure fantasy. The only redeeming value comes from some of the flight scenes, but even then a great deal of detail is lost to the vanities of actors. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the film, but throughout watching it I was concerned that so much truth would be lost to audiences. I had to have thought 'that's not accurate,' at least 200 times while viewing.

Still, I love WWI so much I cannot help but give 4 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Might Have Been July 8, 2007
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What a shame. Life and death combat in gasoline powered kites, heroic personalities and nostalgia of a dramatic time were rendered uninteresting by wooden performances and mediocre costuming. See The Blue Max instead. Its German pilots are also all inaccurately kitted out in Uhlan uniforms but at least its story is more compelling and the acting is better. And Usula Andress is not hard to watch either. Someday maybe HBO will do this right. Until then, it's pretty much these two movies and "Dawn Patrol".
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WW1 Flying Movie February 24, 2007
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This is the story of Baron Manfred Von Richtofen (aka "The Red Baron") who terrorized the skys over France during WW1 and the Canadian flyer who eventually shot him down. Stars John Philip Law as "The Baron" and Don Stroud as Lt. Roy Brown. Good flying sequences. Not the best movie but fairly accurate historically. Important to note that in the beginning there was a "Code of Honor" between the Germans and the Allied pilots. "The Great Game" as it was sometimes called. As the war progressed and more men died, those who took their place were less interested in honor and more interested in defeating the enemy and surviving to war. In the beginning there was enthusiasm to the flying. Toward the war's end those who survived were cynical and exhausted by what they had seen. Overall a pretty good movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fighter-ace melodrama July 28, 2011
For those of you that demand historical accuracy, ...this is not the film for you.

Its a largely fictional account of the emminent German fighter ace, Mannfred Von Richtofen (80 confirmed kills in aerial combat!). This movie takes a rather free hand at including people that were not directly involved in Von Richtofen's aviation unit, and the events that actually occurred.

However, it IS an excellent film for those of you that want to see World War I air-combat. All in all, its not a bad film, and its very rare that any movie "based on historical events" has ever been truly accurate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good World War I Movie September 4, 2007
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While not strictly accurate to history this is an excellent movie of a subject that deserves more attention than it gets - namely World War I. The film is well paced and does agood job handling the action, emotion and psychological trauma of this massive event. A good choice for anyone interested in WW I, action or war films in general.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brown doesn't deserve the Credit April 25, 2007
Reviews about "head wounds" are complete trash, von Richtofen was clearly shot from below and to the right, putting him perfectly within range of the Aussies on the way could Brown have shot up at him coming from behind and above.

Furthermore, had von Richtofen gotten nailed by a fatal head wound then he would not have been conscious to have said the last word "Kaput" to the Aussies who approached his downed machine.

He was killed by a single bullet through the right side entering the chest diagonally upward with the slug exiting his left breast. Get off this "Brown got him" garbage, all he got was a short burst off then he skedaddled before his luck was pushed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good depiction of WW1 air war June 9, 2007
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For the war buff only. Outstanding flying scenes, even if some of the aircraft types are wrong. John Phillip Law is good as Von Richtofen, though too tall. The Baron was a small man. Don Stroud portrays Roy Brown as sort of a cowboy. Brown was an officer and a gentleman. American actors don't play Canadians well. If you like the flying, I highly recommend Howard Hughes' film 'Hell's Angels' (1930). As real as it gets!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars WW-I Story So So
This movie is ok, excellent flight scenes and color; dialog is somewhat boring, a lot of director and producer liberty with the facts. Worth watching though.
Published 6 months ago by Gary Wertz
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
This is a good movie, with lots of aerial action - - actually breathtaking. However, it is not completely historically correct.
Published 10 months ago by DB
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
I bought this for my husband, and he loves it. He has watched it several times, and lent it to friends with the same interest in flying.
Published 11 months ago by Becky Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great War movie for its time
Great part of my collection and I have been wanting this for a long time, a little campy but great, not like the newer RED BARON that came out but good for its time
Published 11 months ago by lisa miller
3.0 out of 5 stars Von Richthofen & Brown
Like all other "historical" movies, it would be nice if they would stick to the facts instead of trying to rewrite some aspects of history. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mercury
3.0 out of 5 stars Well.....
It was not as good as I thought it would be, but later in the movie you can really get into it. I liked it but was not the best I've ever seen.
Published 19 months ago by Ace
5.0 out of 5 stars It's what I wanted
Good aviation movie! Previously, I had only seen it in parts and could never find it locally. I like it for my collection.
Published 19 months ago by Mike Rupert
2.0 out of 5 stars The worst movie I've ever seen about these 2 great pilots
too phoney, lots of errors in the way the movie was made, also bad lip syncing from the woman singer, they played them off as ruthless killers when in fact all other stories tell... Read more
Published 21 months ago by M. Jefferson
3.0 out of 5 stars OK film, stiff acting drifting story line, but better than the new...
The acting is a touch stiff,,,, and contrived... but at least they used real planes...And while Brown is no longer considered the man who shot down Von Richthohen, he still was at... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Alex A. Clark
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Very Accurate
Not a bad film, but full of flaws.
Captain Arthur Roy Brown was not in the Royal Flying Corps, but in the Royal Naval Air Service and as such should have been wearing a Naval... Read more
Published on August 31, 2011 by ray dorrity
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