Von Richthofen and Brown (1971)





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This film of the wartime exploits of Baron Von Richthoven, who was also known as the "Red Baron," was a relatively lavish Corman-brothers production, and is directed by Roger Corman. The film's airborne dogfight sequences are among its most notable features. Vintage World War I airplanes were used, and accidents during filming resulted in one death and several injuries. The evolution of airborne warfare from being a sporting game between gentlemen to its use as an instrument of total war is integral to the story. Von Richthoven (John Phillip Law), who becomes an air ace and an important German hero, was an early aeronautical rival of Hermann Goering (Barry Primus). So important was he to German morale that he was asked to retire from fighting, so that he could assume a position in the post-war German government. He refused, and was killed by a young Canadian (Don Stroud) in an airborne battle. Spookily enough, even though he died in the air, his plane is reputed to have landed intact.
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John Phillip Law
as Baron Manfred Von Richthofen
Don Stroud
as Roy Brown
Barry Primus
as Hermann Goering
Peter Masterson
as Maj. Oswald Boelcke
Clint Kimbrough
as Maj. Von Hoeppner
Robert Latourneaux
as Ernst Udet
Brian Foley
as Lothar von Richthofen
Gordon Phillips
as Cargonico
Peadar Lamb
as German Staff Major
Ferdinand "Ferdy" Mayne
as Father Richthofen
Maureen Cusack
as Mother Richthofen
Fred Johnson
as Jeweler
Hurd Hatfield
as Anthony Fokker
Vernon Hayden
as Trackl
Michael Fahey
as Manfred Richthofen (age 3)
Corin Redgrave
as Maj. Lanoe Hawker
Tom Adams
as Owen
David Weston
as Murphy
Des Nealon
as British Intelligence Officer
John Flanagan
as Thompson
Lorraine Rainier
as Girl in Woods
Robert Walsh
as Manfred Richthofen (age 13)
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Critic Reviews for Von Richthofen and Brown

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Toothless dogfight flying film set during World War I.

Full Review… | November 15, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

As a straightforward piece of WWI movie, it's not bad, but neither is it particularly exciting -- unless you just want to see the impressive footage of the cool old planes.

Full Review… | July 27, 2011
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Von Richthofen and Brown


Von Richthofen and Brown (1971) The best thing that I liked about this movie is that Canadian Ace, Roy Brown (Don Stroud) rode a Rudge motorcycle in the movie. Ha ha ha, I'll give the movie an extra star for that. I also enjoyed how they showed Baron Mandfred von Richthofen (John Phillip Law) in a very good light. The dog fights were pretty spectacular. This was really quite surprising for a Roger Corman movie too. Other than that, it is not very historically correct, bending history for the sake of creative drama. There were a few basic things accurate about the movie, but not very much. So, the movie might rile history buffs, and especially, airplane buffs. But, for a good old fashioned war movie, it really wasn't all that bad.

Rick Rudge
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