A naive young officer straight from school arrives on the Western front to fight the air war against the Germans. However, the life expectancy of green pilots is not very good.Written by
Orde Saunders <ODS101@York.ac.uk>
The "S.E. 5As" the British pilots are flying are in reality modified Belgian "SV.4 Stampes" from the 1930s. Three airworthy and one static aircraft were used. The static was set on fire in a scene. See more »
In the first air combat scene, the German aircraft shown is a Fokker E.III monoplane. That particular model had already been withdrawn from service over a year before the movie takes place. (E.III was withdrawn early 1916, the movie takes place late 1917). See more »
Opening credits prologue: England October 1916 See more »
Some DVD releases feature a shorter print which reduces the French restaurant scene and misses out shots of the officers looking at a slideshow of nude photographs. These appear to have been made by the distributor, as the film has never been cut by the BBFC. See more »
Aces High - having never seen the movie before, but I had heard of it, I went ahead and bought it, expecting it to be good. It was! The dogfight scenes were very convincing, although stock footage from 'The Blue Max' was used in places, but only to add a sort of 'link' to the footage you saw in the movie. Stampe SV.4s made excellent substitutes for SE5As, but the Stearmans/Tiger Moths and Jungmeisters weren't exactly convincing. But hey, who cares? This is a top notch movie, with good performances and convincing setpieces. See it, enjoy it!
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