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Von Richtofen and Brown

John Phillip Law , Don Stroud , Roger Corman    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD

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John Phillip Law, Don Stroud. The ace German WWI pilot, Manfred von Richtofen, better known as The Red Baron," flies across the screen in this biodrama depicting the story of his exploits and his life, including his struggles with jealous German officers. 1971/color/97 min/PG-13/fullscreen. "The incredibly prolific exploitation film producer and director, Roger Corman, tries his hand at a war film with Von Richthofen and Brown, about WWI air battles between German icon Baron Manfred Von Richtofen (John Phillip Law), and his alleged captor, Canadian Lt. Roy Brown (Don Stroud). With a slowly unfolding plot that may be tedious to anyone but war buffs trolling for historical accuracy, the film is mostly about its flight sequences, as it should be. Von Richthofen and Brown shows The Red Baron's rise to glory and his noble downfall, while building sympathy for the opposing forces who plan revenge on his unbeatable German team. Interpretive scenes during which he snidely paints his squadron's planes, including his own conspicuous red, and later depicting his controversial death, during which he is shot mid-air but somehow lands his plane, are the most arresting to those not aircraft-obsessed. Tension built between Von Richthofen and Brown is half-baked, making further argument for the film's battle-scene priority. War aficionados will appreciate this film, while Corman fans will yearn for more sex, gore, melodrama, and classic Corman action." --Trinie Dalton

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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WW1 Flying Movie Feb. 24 2007
By Seen Them All - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the story of Baron Manfred Von Richtofen (aka "The Red Baron") who terrorized the skys over France during WW1 and the Canadian flyer who eventually shot him down. Stars John Philip Law as "The Baron" and Don Stroud as Lt. Roy Brown. Good flying sequences. Not the best movie but fairly accurate historically. Important to note that in the beginning there was a "Code of Honor" between the Germans and the Allied pilots. "The Great Game" as it was sometimes called. As the war progressed and more men died, those who took their place were less interested in honor and more interested in defeating the enemy and surviving to war. In the beginning there was enthusiasm to the flying. Toward the war's end those who survived were cynical and exhausted by what they had seen. Overall a pretty good movie.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fighter-ace melodrama July 28 2011
By ThorBjorn - Published on Amazon.com
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For those of you that demand historical accuracy, ...this is not the film for you.

Its a largely fictional account of the emminent German fighter ace, Mannfred Von Richtofen (80 confirmed kills in aerial combat!). This movie takes a rather free hand at including people that were not directly involved in Von Richtofen's aviation unit, and the events that actually occurred.

However, it IS an excellent film for those of you that want to see World War I air-combat. All in all, its not a bad film, and its very rare that any movie "based on historical events" has ever been truly accurate.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WW1 Aerial Fantasy Feb. 11 2011
By Roger Kennedy - Published on Amazon.com
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There is no need for me to add much to the criticism of this film as far as persons and events. However, my biggest problem is with the aircraft themselves. We have nothing but SE-5s for the British and Fokker D7s for the Germans. These are being used long before they were historically available. I suppose these were the easiest aircraft of the period to find, but it does get a bit redundant. At least with films like Blue Max and Flyboys you get some more attention to actual aircraft types. Visually this is a stunning film nonetheless. The non-stop action and constant downing of aircraft in neat black plumes for the dogfights seems excessive for the duration of these actions. Rather if we look at the various scenes as vignettes over a period of time it can seem a bit more realistic. There is not much character development here and some standard hints toward future radicalism of the Right in Germany is shown. Fun if you like WW1 aerial sequences, but even a bit numbing after a while.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Uninspired June 11 2008
By P. Hinds - Published on Amazon.com
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About the only thing right in this movie is that there were Se5s and Dr1s in WW1. The script is uninspired and the characters uninfluenced by history OR truth. In getting to know Brown you don't learn anything about the real man. The Baron himself is played stiffly and therefore nothing of the Baron's personality comes forth. The flying scenes are poorly done, but at least they are real planes and not computer fantasies. Nothing is revealed concerning the mysterious death of the Baron. Instead, the viewer is led to believe the Baron was so fixed upon May (his target) that he never saw Brown, and that Brown had a great deal of time and a very close shot in which to dispatch the Baron. The resulting film is pure fantasy. The only redeeming value comes from some of the flight scenes, but even then a great deal of detail is lost to the vanities of actors. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the film, but throughout watching it I was concerned that so much truth would be lost to audiences. I had to have thought 'that's not accurate,' at least 200 times while viewing.

Still, I love WWI so much I cannot help but give 4 stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good World War I Movie Sept. 4 2007
By William J. Landon - Published on Amazon.com
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While not strictly accurate to history this is an excellent movie of a subject that deserves more attention than it gets - namely World War I. The film is well paced and does agood job handling the action, emotion and psychological trauma of this massive event. A good choice for anyone interested in WW I, action or war films in general.
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