The Great Waldo Pepper

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Released 1975

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Director:
George Roy Hill
Released:
1975
Rating:
PG
The Great Waldo Pepper is the story of flight instructor Waldo Pepper (Robert Redford) who missed his chance to fly in World War I but eventually gets his shot at fame and fortune as a stunt-plane barnstormer. Waldo joins up with former rival, Axel Olsson (Bo Svenson), to create an aerial show to take on tour across the United States. As time goes on, the show gets more elaborate featuring more pilots and women performing stunts on the wings of planes. After a few unfortunate accidents, Pepper is grounded. He makes his way to Hollywood to fly planes on film under an assumed name. There, Waldo gets his opportunity to be a World War I pilot in the movies. He and German stunt pilot, Ernst Kessler (Bo Brundin), perform dangerous dogfights taking their screen rivalry to the dangerous extremes. Directed by George Roy Hill, who also helmed Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Great Waldo Pepper is an action-packed film featuring real death-defying air stunts.moreless
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