The Blue Max***
A German infantryman transfers to the aristocratic air corps where he becomes a national hero in his obsessive quest to earn The Blue Max medal, with tragic consequences.
Continuing the WWI commemoration with this full blown airborne melodrama, uneven in plot and characterisation, trying to pack everything in including battlefield scenes reminiscent of Paths of Glory and Lawrence of Arabia (with very much a German hero equivalent), but also points up the drama with some good performances.
Written by: David Pursall, Jack Seddon, Gerald Hanley, from the novel by Jack Hunter.
Producer: Christian Ferry.
Director: John Guillermin.
Starring: George Peppard, Jeremy Kemp, Karl Michael Vogler, James Mason, Ursula Andress, Derren Nesbitt, Anton Diffring, Harry Towb, Carl Schiller (as The Red Baron).
Photography: Douglas Slocombe.
Music: Jerry Goldsmith.