The Great Waldo Pepper Reviews

  • Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
    Mar 15, 2019

    It's hard to believe it now, but there was a time that if you had an airplane you could fly it anywhere, anytime, and you could use the gas from any gas station. This story takes place at the end of that era. Redford plays a good pilot who is untested, in his own eyes and in the eyes of his fellows and watches anxiously as the chance for that testing slips away. Already the feds are moving in with their laws and regulations, fencing off the sky itself. George Roy Hill, the director and a pilot himself (along with William Goldman, writer, and Henry Mancini doing the music) capture the breezy spirit of that freedom, the freedom of the air, and those times with some melancholy and longing.

    It's hard to believe it now, but there was a time that if you had an airplane you could fly it anywhere, anytime, and you could use the gas from any gas station. This story takes place at the end of that era. Redford plays a good pilot who is untested, in his own eyes and in the eyes of his fellows and watches anxiously as the chance for that testing slips away. Already the feds are moving in with their laws and regulations, fencing off the sky itself. George Roy Hill, the director and a pilot himself (along with William Goldman, writer, and Henry Mancini doing the music) capture the breezy spirit of that freedom, the freedom of the air, and those times with some melancholy and longing.

  • Jul 12, 2018

    Robert Redford was at his best in the 1970s. This was his finest acting decade. In this film, he showed Waldo's macho die-hard mentality that lives in all us men. Yet, when the times were too strong he also showed Waldo's vulnerability. The rest of the cast was amazing, especially Bo Bruden's potrayal of Ernst Kessler. as a man just looking to finish a life the only way he knows how to live. Great story and character arches. Loved it.

    Robert Redford was at his best in the 1970s. This was his finest acting decade. In this film, he showed Waldo's macho die-hard mentality that lives in all us men. Yet, when the times were too strong he also showed Waldo's vulnerability. The rest of the cast was amazing, especially Bo Bruden's potrayal of Ernst Kessler. as a man just looking to finish a life the only way he knows how to live. Great story and character arches. Loved it.

  • Dec 07, 2017

    First off some of not the best areal biplane scenes ever filmed. And I did write FILMED! No doubt this movie would be full of CGI today. The plot carries along well enough. Remember this is a 1975 flick. Acting is done by now, Hollywood royalty acting is good. Unfortunately the ending although enduring, most may feel falls short. It captures a great part of Americana lost to the past and overall a very entertaining film. And i did say film.

    First off some of not the best areal biplane scenes ever filmed. And I did write FILMED! No doubt this movie would be full of CGI today. The plot carries along well enough. Remember this is a 1975 flick. Acting is done by now, Hollywood royalty acting is good. Unfortunately the ending although enduring, most may feel falls short. It captures a great part of Americana lost to the past and overall a very entertaining film. And i did say film.

  • Jun 21, 2014

    Those flying sequences look so real because they are!

    Those flying sequences look so real because they are!

  • May 27, 2014

    quite dull without a hero to root for

    quite dull without a hero to root for

  • Jan 26, 2014

    good bio-pic of sorts

    good bio-pic of sorts

  • Sep 03, 2013

    This was a great movie, Robert Redford showing why he was one of the best in Hollywood. And the airplane stunts in here are fantastic. It also has a lot of humor in it as all.

    This was a great movie, Robert Redford showing why he was one of the best in Hollywood. And the airplane stunts in here are fantastic. It also has a lot of humor in it as all.

  • May 19, 2013

    Sort of a precursor to 'Princess Bride', 'Waldo Pepper' offers a smiliar deconstruction by Bill Goldman, this time of war heroism. Combined with Hill's ambitious direction, especially the real time flight sequences, it's a real treat.

    Sort of a precursor to 'Princess Bride', 'Waldo Pepper' offers a smiliar deconstruction by Bill Goldman, this time of war heroism. Combined with Hill's ambitious direction, especially the real time flight sequences, it's a real treat.

  • Mar 23, 2013

    There's nothing GREAT about it!

    There's nothing GREAT about it!

  • Dec 09, 2012

    Have not seen this one since I was a kid. Some awesome biplane stunts and footage. Another good collaboration between George Roy Hill and Redford.

    Have not seen this one since I was a kid. Some awesome biplane stunts and footage. Another good collaboration between George Roy Hill and Redford.