Aces High

  • PG
  • Jack Gold (1976)
  • UK
  • 108 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

This stout anti-war statement from director Jack Gold actually takes its cue from an early sound film, 1930's Journey's End, but moves the action from the trenches to the skies. It is here that the film finds its conviction, in the form of dogfight sequences that succeed in being both thrilling and horrifying. Back at base, however, where young and eager First World War flier Peter Firth gradually comes to understand the cynicism of his superior, Malcolm McDowell, events are not as well realised. Moments of emotional isolation work well, but a visit to a brothel is simply trite. Still, the film generally soars.

Plot Summary

First World War action drama starring Malcolm McDowell, Christopher Plummer and Simon Ward. By late 1917, members of a Royal Flying Corps squadron in France are under intolerable strain - and the latest recruit to their ranks is an inexperienced young pilot.

Cast and crew

Cast

Gresham
Malcolm McDowell
Sinclair
Christopher Plummer
Crawford
Simon Ward
Croft
Peter Firth
Headmaster
John Gielgud
Lt Col Silkin
Trevor Howard
Colonel Lyle
Richard Johnson
Brigadier Whale
Ray Milland
Thompson
David Wood
Roberts
Christopher Blake
Beckenauer
Gilles BĂ©hat
Bennett
David Daker
Wade
Elliott Cooper
Joyce
Barry Jackson
Ponnelle
Jacques Maury
Eliot
Ron Pember
Stoppard
Tim Pigott-Smith
Croft's girlfriend
Pascale Christophe
French singer
Jeanne Patou

Crew

Director
Jack Gold

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
EMI Dists
Guidance: 
May be edited for violence.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG
Categories
Drama