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Blue Max, The (1966)

The aerial action is considerably more exciting than the scenes on the ground in director John Guillermin’s tale about an ambitious First World War pilot.

George Peppard stars as the reckless German fighter pilot Bruno Stachel who endangers the lives of his comrades and will stop at nothing to win his country’s highest honour for gallantry in the air, the Blue Max medal.

He also risks his reputation by having an affair with Countess Kaeti (Ursula Andress), the wife of his commanding officer, Count von Klugermann (James Mason).

The love story is unconvincingly staged and compares badly with the camaraderie of men under stress.

Watch instead for the glint of steel in Mason’s eyes as he takes revenge on Peppard, which, together with the superb aerial photography, more than makes up for the thin character development.

Bruno Stachel
George Peppard
Count von Klugermann
James Mason
Countess Kaeti
Ursula Andress
Willi von Klugermann
Jeremy Kemp
Karl Michael Vogler
Anton Diffring
Harry Towb
Peter Woodthorpe
Derek Newark
Derren Nesbitt
Elfi Heidemann
Loni von Friedl
Carl Schell

John Guillermin