The Red Baron

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  • PG-13
Europe, 1916. A living legend (aged 24) performing amazing dogfights and aerial stunts, flies in on painted wings to become famous the world over. For millions of his countrymen, he becomes an idol, a symbol of hope and pride. Baron Manfred von... read more
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Europe, 1916. A living legend (aged 24) performing amazing dogfights and aerial stunts, flies in on painted wings to become famous the world over. For millions of his countrymen, he becomes an idol, a symbol of hope and pride. Baron Manfred von Richthofen (MATTHIAS SCHWEIGHOFER) is the crack pilot of the German aerial combat forces, a legend in his own time, a hero at home and a man both feared and respected by the enemy, including Allied Forces' Canadian pilot, Captain Roy Brown (JOSEPH FIENNES). He and his fellow officers, Lieutenants Voss (TIL SCHWEIGER), Sternberg (MAXIM MEHMET) and Lehmann (HANNO KOFFLER) see their duels in the sky as tactical, almost sportsmanlike, clever challenges that, at least at first, obscure their view of the horrors of the battlefields below. And the provocative red paint job of his Fokker aircraft earns him the nickname `The Red Baron'. Unwittingly, he allows the German high command to manipulate his chivalrous code of honor and misuse him for propaganda purposes - until the young pilot falls in love with Kate (LENA HEADEY), a beautiful and resolute nurse who opens his eyes to the tragic fact that there is more to war than dogfights won and adversaries downed. Baron von Richthofen finally becomes aware of his role in the propaganda machine of a senseless and barbarous war. With a torn heart, despite the heavy losses in his squadron and his disgust for the war and his responsibility to his fighter wing, von Richthofen cannot help but fly. But even for this living legend, each new combat mission could be his last.

Original Release

04/10/2008

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Cast

Directors

Nikolai Mullerschon

Writers

Nikolai Mullerschon

Cast

Matthias Schweighofer Manfred von Richthofen
Til Schweiger Voss
Lena Headey Käte
Joseph Fiennes Brown
Volker Bruch Lothar von Richthofen
Maxim Mehmet Sternberg
Steffen Schroeder Bodenschatz
Hanno Koffler Lehmann
Tino Mewes Wolff
Ralph Misske Menzke
Axel Prahl General Hoeppner
Gitta Schweighöfer Kunigunde von Richthofen
Jan Vlasák Major von Richthofen
Josef Vinklár Hindenburg
Robert Nebrenský Röuber
Julie Engelbrecht Ilse
Tomás Koutník Young Manfred von Richthofen
Tomás Ibl Young Lothar von Richthofen
Albert Franc Young Wolfram von Richthofen
Richard Krajco Hawker

Producers

Editors

Emmelie Mansee, Olivia Retzer, Adam P. Scott

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