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The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)

A biplane pilot who had missed flying in WWI takes up barnstorming and later a movie career in his quest for the glory he had missed, eventually getting a chance to prove himself in a film ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Ernst Kessler
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Newt
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Roderick Cook ...
Werfel
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Patsy
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Scott Newman ...
James S. Appleby ...
Ace
Patrick W. Henderson Jr. ...
Scooter
James N. Harrell ...
Farmer (as James Harrell)
Elma Aicklen ...
Farmer's Wife
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Storyline

A biplane pilot who had missed flying in WWI takes up barnstorming and later a movie career in his quest for the glory he had missed, eventually getting a chance to prove himself in a film depicting the dogfights in the Great War. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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The Second Greatest Flyer in the World. The war was over - and the world's greatest flyers had never met in combat. But Waldo was going to change all that - even if it killed him. See more »

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Adventure | Drama

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PG | See all certifications »

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13 March 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tollkühne Flieger  »

Box Office

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$20,642,922 (USA)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film's opening title card read: "Nebraska, 1926". See more »

Goofs

When Waldo is refueling his plane from the can delivered to him by the little boy, his hand is seen resting for some time on what would presumably be a very hot exhaust pipe. See more »

Quotes

Ezra Stiles: It's gonna be a monoplane.
Waldo Pepper: A monoplane. Are you telling me you're building me an airplane with only one wing?
Ezra Stiles: Just thought you'd like to know: the biplane's gone the way of the Dodo.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Radar Secret Service (1993) See more »

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One of the all-time greatest scenes in movies
23 November 2002 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

This is a great movie, from a very special era in movies, and contains an all-time great scene that speaks to the darker nature of humanity. SPOILER AHEAD!! I speak of the scene where Ezra Stiles, Waldo Pepper's best friend has crashed, and he is trapped in his plane, which has caught on fire. Waldo is trying to free him from the burning plane. A crowd of onlookers, who came to watch the aerial show, has gathered around the burning plane, staring while Waldo tries to free his best friend. THey do nothing but stare while Waldo screams at them, begging for their help.

The faces of the onlookers provides an insight into human nature: the blank, staring faces of the Midwestern peasantry, rapt at the sight of the trapped Stiles burning to death. Waldo frantically tries to enlist their help in dragging Stiles, to no avail.

Waldo finally has to brain his trapped friend so that he will not burn alive while still conscious.


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