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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.

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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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  • 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: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MTFFRW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,701 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Von Richthofen & Brown" on IMDb

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Captain Sternn on July 28, 2011
Format: DVD
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Roger Kennedy VINE VOICE on February 11, 2011
Format: DVD
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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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Seen Them All on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William J. Landon on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andres C. Salama on August 23, 2011
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An entertaining movie about the World War I exploits of the ace German pilot Manfred von Richthofen's (aka, the Red Baron) and his main opponent, Canada's Arthur Brown.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ray dorrity on August 31, 2011
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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 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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sickly Child on 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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