The Red Baron

  • 12
  • Nikolai Müllerschön (2008)
  • Ger
  • 101 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

Top Gun meets Brideshead Revisited in this lavish but wayward biopic of First World War flying ace Manfred von Richthofen. Matthias Schweighöfer plays the man dubbed the Red Baron, with Joseph Fiennes as his nemesis, Canadian pilot Roy Brown. Their encounters touch on issues of honour and aristocratic escapade, but writer/director Nikolai Muellerschoen loses interest in the concept that these dashing young airmen are "sportsmen not butchers" as soon as Von Richthofen falls for nurse Käte Otersdorf (Lena Headey). The scenes on the ground are rooted in platitudinous melodrama, while confusing combat choreography and an overreliance on CGI prevent the dogfight sequences from soaring. And while the film's stance is laudably antiheroic, the decision to create one fictitious character to represent all the Jews who fought for Kaiser Wilhelm is simply patronising.

Plot Summary

First World War biographical drama starring Matthias Schweighöfer, Lena Headey and Joseph Fiennes. An aristocratic German air ace falls for a Belgian nurse while trying to accept the fact that the Great War is no longer a contest between gentlemen.

Cast and crew


Manfred von Richthofen, "The Red Baron"
Matthias Schweighöfer
Käte Otersdorf
Lena Headey
Werner Voss
Til Schweiger
Captain Roy Brown
Joseph Fiennes
Lothar von Richthofen
Volker Bruch
Lieutenant Bodenschatz
Steffen Schroeder
General von Hoeppner
Axel Prahl
Maxim Mehmet
Lieutenant Lehmann
Hanno Koffler
Kurt Wolff
Tino Mewes
Ralph Misske
Kunigunde von Richthofen
Gitta Schweighöfer


Nikolai Müllerschön

Other Information

Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 4 Sep 2009
Certificate 12