The Red Baron (Der rote Baron) (2008)



Critic Consensus: It doesn't lack ambition, and it boasts undeniably thrilling source material, but The Red Baron is brought down by its overly sentimental script and a number of historical inaccuracies.

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Baron Manfred von Richthofen is the crack pilot of the German aerial combat forces -- a legend in his own time, a hero at home and a man both feared and respected by the enemy. The provocative red paint job of his Fokker aircraft earns him the nickname 'The Red Baron'. Unwittingly, he allows the German high command to manipulate his chivalrous code of honor and misuse him for propaganda purposes until a beautiful and resolute nurse opens his eyes to the tragic fact that there is more to war than dogfights won and adversaries downed. Baron von Richthofen finally becomes aware of his role in the propaganda machine of a senseless and barbarous war.
PG-13 (for war violence, some disturbing images and brief suggestive material)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Romance
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Lena Headey
as Kate Otersdorf
Matthias Schweighöfer
as Manfred Von Richthofen
Til Schweiger
as Werner Voss
Joseph Fiennes
as Captain Roy Brown
Steffen Schroeder
as Lt. Bodenschatz
Maxim Mehmet
as Lt. Sternberg
Hanno Koffler
as Lt. Lehmann
Volker Bruch
as Lothar von Richthofen
Axel Prahl
as General von Hoeppner
Tino Mewes
as Lt. Wolff
Ralph Misske
as Menzke
Josef Vinklár
as Hindenburg
Ladislav Frej
as Kaiser Wilhelm
Jan Vlasák
as Major von Richthofen
Gitta Schweighöfer
as Kunigunde von Richthofen
Karsten Kaie
as Anthony Fokker
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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (6)

If the film is intelligent and thoughtful, it is unfortunately lacking in energy and passion; it is more a somber, highly familiar reflection on warfare and its toll than an action movie.

Full Review… | March 18, 2010
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Drama about World War I flying aces never gets off the ground.

March 18, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Unfortunately Muellerschoen's movie emphasizes empty grandeur over human drama.

Full Review… | March 18, 2010
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

His plane may be red, but the dialogue is purple.

Full Review… | March 12, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The propaganda films produced by both sides in the '30s and '40s might've been objectionable for many reasons but at least they had the good sense to show real planes in action.

Full Review… | March 11, 2010
Toronto Star
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So while the earthbound sequences may drag, when 'The Red Baron' takes to the skies, it soars.

Full Review… | September 3, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Red Baron (Der rote Baron)


Great German movie. Historical biographies are some of my favorite kinds of movies, and this is a really well done one.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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Well its an alright movie, gives me goosebumps! Its a sweet enough movie thats entertaining to a point! It is slow and boring in places and it does strain to keep you interest but then an interesting scene will come along that then continues to make you watch the movie. Its an alright war movie, certainly room for improvement!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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Impressive aerial filming and some good actors but dull, dull, dull.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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