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Old 25 September 2005, 01:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Smile Aces High!!

I've recently seen ACES HIGH and I really enjoyed it.

I thought that it showed the true situation of the pilots in WW1 aerodromes well; and the flying scenes weren't bad!

What do you think?



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Old 27 September 2005, 09:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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...the silence is deafening...or maybe definitive!

It's been (mostly) cussed & dis-cussed here frequently, including

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Just saw Dawn Patrol again today--stands up far better than most GW aero flicks.
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Old 28 September 2005, 10:59 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Aces very high

oh right! I didn't know that, sorry.

Thanks! I'll look for it.
 
Old 28 September 2005, 12:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Aces High is based on a play called 'Journey's End' by R.C. Sheriff.
The play is about disillusionment and how British Officers feel in the lead up to the big German offensive on 21st March 1918.
The Journey really is at an end because tomorrow Jerry 'comes over' and life (should it continue) will never be the same again.

I believe I once saw a TV play of Journey's End with the British actor David Warner in the lead role.
Never been able to track it down since though.
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Old 28 September 2005, 01:42 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Dawn Patrol

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...the silence is deafening...or maybe definitive!

It's been (mostly) cussed & dis-cussed here frequently, including

The Worst Movie

Just saw Dawn Patrol again today--stands up far better than most GW aero flicks.
This would be the 1938 Flynn/Niven/Rathbone/Crisp version? The flyimg scenes are from the earlier 1930 version Barthelmess/Fairbanks jnr/Finlayson. I have only seen short excerpts from the 1930 version. The title of this was altered to 'Flight Commander' for TV. This latter title was that originally used by Monk Saunders in his original story.

I agree with your comments if it is the 1938 version, provided you get over the Marlin guns on the top wings and the fact that it is supposed to be 1915 and the guns are synchronised. I did enjoy it.

What was wrong with Aces High was that it was based on R c Sherrifs Journeys End. Sherriff incidentally was a very, very young infantry officer in 1918. He started writing plays to raise funds for his Rugby Club. Got the bug and managed to get JE produced at a Sunday Night performance in the West End.(Members Only)
Noel Coward in Present Laughter in a speech to the aspiring playwright; "You want to sit down and right ten plays one after the other and if you can get the tenth produced for a Sunday night performance,. You'll be dammed lucky."
More or less as I'm quoting from memory and Sherriff was 'Dam Lucky'. He wrote the film script for the Invisible Man and eventually 'The Dam Busters.'

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Old 28 September 2005, 10:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I like JE. I imagine it's a bit dated now although there is an adaptation opf it on 'Up West' at the present time.
I keep meaning to go.
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It was on at the Crucible in Sheffield a few week back, really enjoyed it.
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It was on at the Crucible in Sheffield a few week back, really enjoyed it.
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I don't suppose you'd be tempted to put pen to paper or finger to keyboard and do a slightly more in depth review would you?
Please.
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I Been Wanting To See Aces High.i Hear They Are Making A New Red Baron Movie In Germany Being Flimed Right Now.does Anyone Know If Manfred Von Richthofen Was Ever Married?also I Need To Find Out If They Will Be Making A Dvd For The Movie Richthofen And Brown Which Was Made In 1971 Is Only In Vhs Right Now.any Info Will Help.
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I Hear They Are Making A New Red Baron Movie In Germany Being Flimed Right Now.does Anyone Know If Manfred Von Richthofen Was Ever Married?also I Need To Find Out If They Will Be Making A Dvd For The Movie Richthofen And Brown Which Was Made In 1971 Is Only In Vhs Right Now.any Info Will Help.
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