The Red Baron

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The Red Baron

Nikolai Müllerschön (2008)

12A Certificate


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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.


Biopic of Manfred von Richthofen, the First World War German fighter ace who became the most feared and successful pilot in his country's air force, examining his relationships with his Canadian nemesis Roy Brown and a nurse who opened his eyes to the horrors of war. Starring Matthias Schweighofer, Lena Headey and Joseph Fiennes.

Cast & 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
Sternberg Maxim Mehmet
Lieutenant Lehmann Hanno Koffler
Kurt Wolff Tino Mewes
Menzke Ralph Misske
Kunigunde von Richthofen Gitta Schweighöfer
Director Nikolai Müllerschön
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Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 4 Sep 2009