The Blue Max

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Released 1966

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Director:
John Guillermin
Released:
1966
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The Blue Max is a 1966 British war movie directed by John Guillermin. Set in World War II Germany, the film chronicles the life of Bruno Stachel (George Peppard), a young pilot of humble origins, as he strives to win Imperial Germany's highest military decoration for valor known as "The Blue Max" for downing 20 aircraft. As Stachel tries to prove himself against the squadron's aristocratic pilots, he draws the ire of Willi von Klugermann (Jeremy Kemp) and commander Hauptmann Otto Heidemann (Karl Michael Vogler) whose ideas of valor are in stark contrast to his own. In a series of dog fights, Stachel's focus on increasing his number of "kills" puts the lives of his comrades in jeopardy. With the Germany war machine in search of heroes, however, his tactics soon draw the attention of Willi's uncle, General von Klugermann who sees the opportunity to create a hero of the people. In the end, Stachel's ambition and ruthless tactics help him achieve his goal, but come at a heavy cost to those around him.moreless
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