The Great Waldo Pepper (1975) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Great Waldo Pepper1975

The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)




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Former WWI pilot Waldo Pepper works in an air show. After losing his performance permit, he gets a job as a movie stunt pilot. On the set, he meets a former German ace. The film ends with both men proving to themselves what they'd failed to prove during the war.

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Robert Redford
as Waldo Pepper
Bo Svenson
as Axel Olsson
Susan Sarandon
as Mary Beth
Bo Brundin
as Ernst Kessler
Edward Herrmann
as Ezra Stiles
Philip Bruns
as Dillhoefer
Elma Aicklen
as Farmer's Wife
Deborah Knapp
as Farmer's Daughter
John A. Zee
as Director Western Set
John Reilly
as Western Star
Jack Manning
as Director Spanish Set
Joe Billings
as Policeman
Robert W. Winn
as Theater Manager
Lawrence P. Casey
as German Star
Greg Martin
as Assistant Director
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Critic Reviews for The Great Waldo Pepper

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

It doesn't have any big notions about the passing of that era, or of the barnstormers, who are seen as overgrown kids with wonderful toys that fly. But it has a good feeling for the period, and director George Roy Hill gives us poignancy and adventure.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It has all the elements of a fantastic, touching movie, except one - a script that engages the audience's interest.

December 5, 2019 | Full Review…

The Great Waldo Pepper is vastly entertaining and a good deal more besides.

October 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Great aerial stunts, good period atmosphere, and compelling story with Redford in good form.

April 20, 2007 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for The Great Waldo Pepper

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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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The airplane stunts in this movie are exciting, and the drama in the movie is pretty good, and it's kind of sad too. I hated the end, though. This movie was good, but it could have been better.

Aj V
Aj V

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