Movie Review: The Blue Max (4/5)
The Blue Max (1966) starred George Peppard as a WW1 German fighter pilot focused on winning the Blue Max, the top German ace medal. He’s from a poor family and winning the prestigious honor will insure that he receives the respect he craves from his higher-bred countrymen. The film includes “cameo” scenes with the Red Baron and an unnamed, but distinctive german messenger with a very small mustache.
The film contains a number of biplane dogfights that are pretty good and Ursula Andress which is pretty spectacular. James Mason plays the Luftwaffa General and there were other familiar faces though I don’t know the actors’ names. The interesting part is that Peppard speaks with his characteristically cool American accent, Mason with his impeccable British accent , Andress with her Swiss accent and various others with British and German accents, though all of the characters were supposed to be German. For a serious drama, the various accents were very amusing.
At 2 hours 36 minutes, it is a bit long but very entertaining.