|VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN (aka: THE RED BARON) (director/writer: Roger Corman; screenwriters: John William Corrington/Joyce Corrington; cinematographer: Michael Reed; editor: Alan Collins; music: Hugo Friedhofer; cast: John Phillip Law (Baron Manfred von Richthofen/The Red Baron), Don Stroud (Roy Brown), Barry Primus (Hermann Goering), Karen Huston (Ilse), Peter Masterson (Major Oswald Boelke), Corin Redgrave (Lanoe Hawker), Tom Adams(Owen), Hurd Hatfield (Fokker); Runtime: 97; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Gene Corman; United Artists; 1971)|
flying film set during World War I."
by Dennis Schwartz
filmmaker Roger Corman ("The
Undead"/"Machine Gun Kelly"/"The Wild Angels") directs
this toothless dogfight flying film set during World
War I. It's poorly written by John William and Joyce
Corrington. It succeeds only with great aerial
photography of dogfights between the Brits and
Germans. The legendary aristocratic Red Baron (John
Phillip Law) plays the gentleman German ace
flier, while the country boy pacifist Canadian ace,
Tom Brown (Don Stroud), is viewed as the one who shot
down the Baron Manfred von Richthofen.
Aside from the excellent aerial shots, everything else seems artificial, superficial, flat and strident. Neither of the main characters comes to life with any depth, vigor or honesty. This is just a crappy film.
REVIEWED ON 11/12/2014 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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