Aces High

Aces High

Jack Gold (1976)

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Our Score
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.


A new recruit is proud to join the Royal Flying Corps' elite 76 Squadron under the command of a renowned ace, but is shocked to discover his superior officer has turned to drink as the high fatalities among his men take their toll - with devastating consequences for the pilots. First World War drama, starring Malcolm McDowell, Christopher Plummer, Simon Ward and Peter Firth.

Cast & Crew

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 Béhat
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
Director Jack Gold
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EMI DistsGuidance: May be edited for violence.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray