Von Richthofen & Brown
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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.
The aristocratic Von Richthofen is so honor bound that he refuses to use camouflage paint on his planes, because "a gentleman should never hide from his enemies" and instead paints them with the brightest colors. The pragmatic, no-nonsense Brown, instead, does not believe in honor or chivalry: he just wants to win.
I can't vouch for the complete historical authenticity of this movie - to mention just one instance, the actor portraying Hermann Goering looks nothing at all like the future Reichsmarshall, and his role in the flying circus was not as prominent as the movie implies. But as an entertainment (by the well known horror low budget film director Roger Corman) this movie is certainly well done. Sure, there is some corny dialogue here and there, and having Von Richthofen speak English in the movie with a heavy German accent was probably not the best idea, but the magnificent shots of period planes fighting in the air over the patchwork fields below separated by hedgerows (shot in 1971 with fearless stuntmen, well before digital imagery started appearing in films) more than makes up for this movie's shortcomings. The great color photography is another plus.
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 uniform not an RFC one.
Don Stroud doesn't even attempt a Canadian accent (yes, there is a difference between Canadian and American accents!)
The person who actually shot down the "Red Baron" probably was the Australian ground based machine gunner, Sergeant Cedric Popkin.
Don Stroud comes across as a real arrogant S.O.B (which Roy Brown wasn't).
A few mistakes with the planes used in the film (but only a sad old Brit like me would notice).
Apart from all that, quite enjoyable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not a particularly well crafted movie for WWI aviation enthusiasts. Too many historic inaccuracies. When Richtofen meets his end he was supposed to be chasing Wilfred May. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michael Lazar
Fantastic aerial scenes with somewhat stiff acting on the ground. I remember my parents taking me to see this at the movies when it came out and I've been looking for it on DVD for... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Gordon M. Wagner
was a good movie, was a little slow in parts but overhaul very good. the young guys don't get the respect that the older guys have for one anotherNPublished 10 months ago by r.a. dobson
Great movie . The delivery and the condition of the movie was excellent. No problems. Thank you. Rate moviePublished 13 months ago by sarah jones
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