Von Richthofen and Brown (1971) - Rotten Tomatoes

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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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Cast

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
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
Michael Fahey
as Manfred Richthofen (age 3)
Corin Redgrave
as Maj. Lanoe Hawker
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

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

It must rank with the most impressive films ever made about the First World War.

June 8, 2020 | Full Review…

Corman's Poe-derived motifs are transposed exuberantly to the skies as WWI biplanes fight it out with romantic heroism.

October 12, 2018 | Full Review…

An extraordinarily impressive movie by a filmmaker whose career has not always been marked by success, or even noble failure.

October 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Roger Corman directs, rather disappointingly, an only moderately interesting example of the fashionable von Richthofen cult.

June 1, 2020 | Full Review…

It's pretty hard to tell what Roger and Gene Gorman were trying to do in Von Richthofen and Brown, but it's pretty safe to say that they blew it.

January 10, 2020 | Full Review…

A bad soundtrack and horrendous dubbing don't help matters, but the hardest thing to figure out here is who is shooting at whom in the air sequences.

October 12, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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