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The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)

A biplane pilot who had missed flying in WWI takes up barnstorming and later a movie career in his quest for the glory he had missed, eventually getting a chance to prove himself in a film ... See full summary »

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Ernst Kessler
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Newt
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Werfel
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Patsy
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James S. Appleby ...
Ace
Patrick W. Henderson Jr. ...
Scooter
James N. Harrell ...
Farmer (as James Harrell)
Elma Aicklen ...
Farmer's Wife
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Storyline

A biplane pilot who had missed flying in WWI takes up barnstorming and later a movie career in his quest for the glory he had missed, eventually getting a chance to prove himself in a film depicting the dogfights in the Great War. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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The Second Greatest Flyer in the World. The war was over - and the world's greatest flyers had never met in combat. But Waldo was going to change all that - even if it killed him. See more »

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Adventure | Drama

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13 March 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tollkühne Flieger  »

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$20,642,922 (USA)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After The Great Gatsby (1974), this was Robert Redford's second consecutive film with the word "Great" in the title. See more »

Goofs

When Axel's biplane crashes into the pond, the stunt pilot's goggles are still correctly in place as the aircraft settles. In the closeup, Axel's goggles are suddenly askew on his face from the "impact". See more »

Quotes

Dillhoefer: Now, here's what we do. We put her up on the wing...
Duke: And she'll fake being afraid...
Dillhoefer: Right.
Duke: And the wind will blow her clothes off!
Dillhoefer: Yes! Yes!
Waldo Pepper: Wait! Why would the wind blow her clothes off? When I'm wing-walking, the wind doesn't blow MY clothes off.
Dillhoefer: Fool! Nobody wants to come and see YOU with YOUR clothes off!
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Referenced in Las adolescentes (1975) See more »

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One of the Great movies of the seventies
1 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is made by some of the same players that made Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Writer, Director and Actor). Unfortunately, it doesn't have nearly the acclaim. Perhaps because the ultimate tone of the movie is darker, the movie still captures that fun that permeates Butch Cassidy.

In terms of the aerial stunts and flying sequences, not only does the hold up to the modern movies like 'Flyboys', it is in fact, much better. Visually just as complete, you also know these are the real deal.

The script is brilliant. At the end of this film, one is forced to wonder why this level of movie so rarely is ever seen today.

You can read the other reviews for plot points, and details. Suffice to say that if you are a fan of movies with planes, actions, love, tragedy cool war history lover, or Hollywood of the early thirties, you'll eat this movie up.

Now lets get a DVD of this that is worthy!


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