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The Blue Max

  • War
  • Drama
  • 1966
  • John Guillermin
  • 149 mins
  • PG

Summary

First World War drama starring George Peppard, James Mason and Ursula Andress. Maverick German fighter pilot Bruno Stachel will stop at nothing to win his country's highest honour for gallantry in the air, the Blue Max medal. While relentlessly pursuing his goal, Stachel begins an affair with his commander's beautiful wife.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

The aerial action is considerably more exciting than the scenes on the ground in director John Guillermin's tale about an ambitious First World War pilot. George Peppard stars as the reckless German high-flier who endangers the lives of his comrades and risks his reputation by having an affair with Ursula Andress, the wife of his commanding officer, James Mason. The love story is unconvincingly staged and compares badly with the camaraderie of men under stress. Watch instead for the glint of steel in Mason's eyes as he takes revenge on Peppard, which, together with the superb aerial photography, more than makes up for the thin character development.

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Credits

Cast

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Bruno StachelGeorge Peppard
Count von KlugermannJames Mason
Countess KaetiUrsula Andress
Willi von KlugermannJeremy Kemp
HeidemannKarl Michael Vogler
HolbachAnton Diffring
KetteringHarry Towb
RuppPeter Woodthorpe
ZiegelDerek Newark
FabianDerren Nesbitt
Elfi HeidemannLoni von Friedl
RichthofenCarl Schell

Crew

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DirectorJohn Guillermin

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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