The Blue Max

1966

Action / Drama / Romance / War

159
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 6,156

Synopsis


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Cast

George Peppard as Jonas Cord
James Mason as General Count von Klugermann
Jeremy Kemp as Willi von Klugermann
Ursula Andress as Kaeti
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1.4 GB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
156 min
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2.87 GB
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23.976 fps
156 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by dublin9 8 / 10 / 10

A Terrific WWI Air War Movie With Real Planes & No CGI

What a refreshing movie to watch. I saw this movie with my father in 1966. He always loved the bi-planes of World War I and they thrill me to this day. The title, though central to the theme of the movie is really a misnomer to the enjoyment of this film. You actually get to see r-e-a-l aircraft in combat without the cartoon effects of CGI. This is movie making in the school of the other Cinamascope greats: Somewhat weak on plot, but so absolutely cool in visual execution, that you overlook the script's lack of depth. I'm not saying that this movie doesn't have a plot. It's a solid story with somewhat shallow character development. But in the end, the characters were secondary to a story of bravery, early air war history and tactics and the wearing away of chivalry in an era of a nation fighting for survival in the end of hours. Acting was good, direction was fine and choreography using actual aircraft was among the last of it's kind. I give this an 8 out of 10 for displaying concrete reality in an era of cartoon gimmicks.

Reviewed by ewarn-1 8 / 10 / 10

Possibly Best Flying Film Ever

I would rate this a 10, but didn't like the soundtrack enough. Since the release of "Flyboys" it seems amazing that a movie made forty years ago has a more polished, advanced, and contemporary look than one made today. This will amaze people who compare films of the twentieth century one hundred years from now."The Blue Max" has better cinematography, special effects, acting, storyline, etc. In the end its a disappointing fact that today's films have taken giant steps backwards compared to those of the '60s. The flying sequences and scenes of aerial combat in "The Blue Max" have never been surpassed or equaled. Even in "Flyboys" with millions of dollars of CGI effects no movie has ever captured the feel of flying and aerial fighting like this one. The planes all look authentic, too. The big scope of World War One does not swallow up the intense personal stories here either. This is one of the only films that explores the psyche of successful fighting men. The arrogance they need to maintain their bravery and aggression can also be their downfall. Here we also can see the politics behind the combat, both on a personal and national level. This is a very thrilling history lesson. The actors are so good, and the characters so complex I forgot they were supposed to be my (supposed) enemy. Peppard does a good job of acting, playing a guy who is meant to be both likable, admirable, irritating and repulsive at the same time. The only problem is he looks too American for the role. Imagine if Brando had done it, but he had a hard time choosing really good parts. My favorite is James Mason, who played German generals better than they could play themselves off-screen. If you like flying, history, or personal drama you can't miss this one.

Reviewed by Nazi_Fighter_David 8 / 10 / 10

Ursula Andress' appearance is completely at odds with everything else around her

John Guillermin collects all of the conventions of the early 1930s flying adventures and adds an unmistakable mid-1960s spin to create an enjoyable but understandably uneven entertainment… Many parts of the film work beautifully… In fact, the flying scenes are among the best ever put on screen… But whenever sex-starlet Ursula Andress shows up, the illusion of 1918 reality evaporates… Her appearance is completely at odds with everything else around her… She's decorous and undeniably sexy… Flash forward two years… The foot soldier has managed to transfer out of the Army and into the Air Corps, where he's a green, inexperienced pilot… Ruthlessly ambitious, Bruno dreams of getting 20 kills… For those, he'll be rewarded with a medal, the 'Blue Max,' and that will make him the equal of anyone… Heidemann (Karl Michael Vogler), Bruno's new squadron leader, already has a 'Blue Max,' and the veteran flier Willi von Klugermann (Jeremy Kemp) is closing in on his… More importantly, Willi and Heidemann are members of the aristocratic "officer corps." Bruno, son of a hotel keeper, really doesn't fit in… At least, he doesn't fit in until Count von Klugermann (James Mason), Willi's uncle and a high-ranking officer, realizes Bruno's potential value. "If this young man lives long enough," the Count reasons, "he could be useful to our propaganda department. The common people of our country are war-weary, restive. They need to be provided with a hero of their own. Von Richthofen and Willi are of our class. Now, this fellow Stachel is common as dirt. He's one of them!" The film's central conflict signifies basically to a competition between Heidemann's old school, chivalrous knight of the air approach and Bruno's pragmatic goal… to get the coveted Blue Max! The more interesting relationship, though, is between Bruno and Willi… It always is in this sort of movie… While Peppard has enough screen presence as a movie star to carry the lead, he's not a good enough actor to make Bruno's obsessive ambition seem fully real… Jeremy Kemps slyly comic cynicism is a welcome balance, and he walks away with all of his scenes, both on the ground and in the air… "The Blue Max" is more enjoyable as simple escapism than as a serious war film, but those magnificent aerial sequences are enough to recommend it to fans... Jack Hunter's novel is a much more carefully observed portrait of those times… Guillermin deserves credit for historical accuracy in the hospital scenes, and civilian life in 1918 Germany, complete with horses and road apples in the City streets

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