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The Blue Max (1966)

George Peppard stars as handsome working class World War One fighter ace, Bruno Stachel, who upsets the etiquette of the officer classes with his unchivalrous approach to warfare.

Stachel is obsessed with chasing glory throughout the movie, and when his only friend, Willi von Klugermann (Jeremy Kemp), dies during the pair's 'dare' of trying to fly under a bridge, Stachel is still worrying about 'kills' being credited to von Klugermann over him.

Countess Kaeti von Klugermann (Ursula Andress) falls under Bruno's spell, but, unfortunately for Bruno, she's married to Willi's uncle, General Count von Klugermann (James Mason). Revenge is a dish best served cold so they say...

The aerial stunts are exceptional, and there's stirring music from Jerry Goldsmith, indeed one of the best all-time scores of any film. Also, Ursula Andress has never looked more ravishing. The love scenes between her and Peppard are quite erotic for a family movie, but sweet at the same time.

- Paul Rance/


Main Cast List (actors/actresses listed first)

George Peppard - Bruno Stachel
James Mason - General Count von Klugermann
Ursula Andress - Countess Kaeti von Klugermann
Jeremy Kemp - Willi von Klugermann
Karl Michael Vogler - Otto Heidemann
Anton Diffring - Holbach
Harry Towb - Kettering
Peter Woodthorpe - Rupp
Derek Newark - Ziegel
Derren Nesbitt - Fabian
Loni von Friedl - Elfi Heidemann
Friedrich von Ledebur - The Field Marshal (as Friedrich Ledebur)
Carl Schell - Von Richthofen
Hugo Schuster - Elderly Servant
Alex Scott - The Orator

Directed by John Guillermin

Produced by Christian Ferry (producer)

Elmo Williams (executive producer)

Adapted from a Jack D. Hunter novel

Ursula Andress page at Blue Max DVD

The Blue Max [1966]
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