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Aces High (1976)





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Malcolm McDowell plays a World War I air ace, in charge of an elite squadron. Outwardly a bastion of courage, McDowell dies a little every time one of his boys is killed. To steel his nerves, he takes to drink, which has an adverse effect on his abilities. Christopher Plummer staunchly portrays McDowell's commanding officer. Aces High is a remake of Journey's End (1930), which in turn was based on a play by R.C. Sheriff. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Malcolm McDowell
as Maj. John Gresham
Christopher Plummer
as Capt. 'Uncle' Sinclair
Simon Ward
as Lt. Crawford
Peter Firth
as Lt. Stephen Croft
John Gielgud
as Headmaster
Trevor Howard
as Lt. Col. Silkin
Richard Johnson
as Col. Lyle
Ray Milland
as Brig. Whale
David Wood
as Thompson
David Daker
as Bennett
Pascale Christophe
as Croft's Girl Friend
Jeanne Patou
as Chanteuse
Gilles Béhat
as Beckenauer
Jacques Maury
as Ponnelle
Ron Pember
as Eliot
Tim Pigott-Smith
as Stoppard
John Serret
as French Colonel
Penny Irving
as French Girl
Colin Rix
as Sergeant
James Walsh
as Gresham's Batman
Jane Anthony
as Katherine
David Arnold
as Replacement
Brock Peters
as Thomas
Eli Wallach
as Cacopoulos
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This is the WW1 flying film I've always wanted to see. It's what Flyboys wanted to be. This film is about a week in the life of a British squadron on the western front. They fight, they fly, they party, they suffer. They are not cartoon heroes, but real characters. Each one seems to be based on a different pilot and method of coping. They have the fresh recruit, the shellshocked survivor, the tortured commander, the courteous older veteranâ?¦ Malcolm McDowell's war hero commander is probably the most complicated character. He has wild mood fluctuations, needs booze to get in the cockpit, and occasionally expresses a childish enthusiasm that seems utterly at odds with his normal persona. The only thing is that given McDowell's other roles, I kept expecting his inner psycho to come out. It's a wonderful performance, it's just a matter of expectations. At any rate, I've been looking for a good WW1 flying film and until now found them all surprisingly lacking. The Blue Max was grim and rather unlikeable, Flyboys cliche-ridden and cheesy, Biggles a farce, Red Baron overly-enthralled with its hero, and most of the others are much older and thus more limited in what they can present. This is rather the best of the lot.

Stuart McCunn
Stuart McCunn

The marvelously realized aerial sequences do not nearly compensate for its overly familiar narrative.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

No, not the Iron Maiden song, but a really cool war film starring a young McDowell. Saw this on late night TV, maybe now that Royal Flash is out on DVD someone will think to release this one.

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Christopher Brown

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