The Great Waldo Pepper

The Great Waldo Pepper

George Roy Hill (1975)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This drama reunites Robert Redford with George Roy Hill, who directed him in both Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting, but it's a clear case of a missed opportunity. Scripted by Cassidy's William Goldman, the story of the former First World War pilot who lives on false deeds and reckless stunts should have provided biting insights into the nature of heroism and Hollywood's shameless predilection for myth-making. Instead, we get a self-pitying tale of a dreamer who has outlived both his times and his usefulness. Redford effortlessly portrays Pepper's superficial charm, but lacks the depth to convey his torment. That said, the aerial sequences are stunning.


A First World War daredevil pilot decides to turn his amazing aerobatic abilities to stunt flying. Despite a series of calamities he becomes a movie pilot in Hollywood, thrilling 1920s America with his breathtaking skills. Unfortunately, the studio's technical director is a former German ace flyer - and to guard their reputations, the pair challenge each other to a dogfight. Drama, with Robert Redford, Bo Svenson and Susan Sarandon.

Cast & Crew

Waldo Pepper Robert Redford
Axel Olsson Bo Svenson
Mary Beth Susan Sarandon
Maude Margot Kidder
Ernst Kessler Bo Brundin
Newton Potts Geoffrey Lewis
Ezra Stiles Edward Herrmann
Dillhoefer Philip Bruns
Director George Roy Hill
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Cinema International Corp. UKGuidance: May be edited for language and violence.Available on: video