The Great Waldo Pepper (1975) 720p YIFY Movie

The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)

A biplane pilot who had missed flying in WWI takes up barnstorming and later a movie career in his quest for the glory he had missed, eventually getting a chance to prove himself in a film ...

IMDB: 6.64 Likes

  • Genre: Adventure | Drama
  • Quality: 720p
  • Size: 1.30G
  • Resolution: 1280x544 / 23.976 (23976/1000) FPSfps
  • Language: English
  • Run Time: 108
  • IMDB Rating: 6.6/10 
  • MPR: Normal
  • Peers/Seeds: 1 / 1

The Synopsis for The Great Waldo Pepper (1975) 720p

A biplane pilot who had missed flying in WWI takes up barnstorming and later a movie career in his quest for the glory he had missed, eventually getting a chance to prove himself in a film depicting the dogfights in the Great War.


The Director and Players for The Great Waldo Pepper (1975) 720p

[Director]George Roy Hill
[Role:]Robert Redford
[Role:]Bo Brundin
[Role:]Bo Svenson


The Reviews for The Great Waldo Pepper (1975) 720p


Reviewed byPatrick McCormick (splat99)Vote: 8/10/10

I first saw this film in the theater almost 30 years ago and have caughtit a few times on TV since. Finally, I was able to find a DVD copy on E-Bay(apparently it is not currently available on DVD through normal means) and Iam glad I did so. This movie has stood the test of time. It is both fun towatch and has some depth to it - it is not just a piece offluff.

The casting is excellent - not a single actor is unfit for the part. Redford's looks and charisma, coupled with the fact that while he is stillpretty young he does have a few visible age lines, make him perfect for thepart of a debonair flyboy, ten years removed from World War I, who isstubbornly resisting the increasing regulation of flying as a profession. Bo Svensen is a great complement as the slightly older, more experienced,and more even-keeled Axel Olsson. Geoffrey Lewis' Newt Potts, Pepper's oldsquadron commander, represents the future that Pepper is trying to avoid. Ed Herrmann is the embodiment of the "seat of your pants" spirit of theearly aircraft producers. Phil Bruns is a convincing "carnival barker" asDoc Dillhoeffer. And the Swedish actor Bo Brundin puts in a great turn asErnst Kessler, German fighter ace turned barnstormer, who has long sincerealized that the bravery and chivalry he found in the air (both amongcomrades and opponents) is rarely found on the ground.

Kessler is based on Ernst Udet, the second-highest scoring German ace ofWWI. Udet barnstormed after the war, had a shortened version of "Lola"painted on his Fokker D-VII, and had a fight similar to the epic battle thatis an important subplot in the movie. Thus it is a nice touch that Udet isshown in the opening photo montage. (It's also good that no sequel was made- I'd hate to see the Kessler character return to Germany, join Hitler'sLuftwaffe and commit suicide.)

This is also notable, on a personal level, as the first place I ever sawSusan Sarandon. I've been a fan ever since. Hell, she still looksgreat.

The flying sequences are magnificent. There's no CGI here, folks. Theseare real aircraft - beautiful replicas of Curtiss Jennies, Standard E-4's,and of course the Sopwith Camel and Fokker Triplane (plus a few others) -doing real stunt flying. The talented stunt pilots are credited under theumbrella of Tallmantz Aviation, which I'm guessing was formed by legendarystunt pilots Frank Tallman and Paul Mantz. Tallman himself flew in thisfilm (and died in a crash three years later; Mantz died making "Flight ofthe Phoenix," another of my favorite flight movies, in 1965.) And theclimactic sequence, while it may seem unlikely to some, is actually based(perhaps loosely) on a similar incident that occurred during the filming ofeither "Hells' Angels" or "Wings" in the late 1920's. The only possibleanachronism that I can spot is Kessler's stunt plane, which looks a littletoo advanced for 1928. But I could be wrong there.

Beautiful aircraft, great flying sequences, fine acting, and even a realplot - what more could you want?

Reviewed bymanuel-pestalozziVote: 9/10/10

First I must say that this beautiful movie handles the wide screenformat extremely well, to watch it on TV comes near to an act ofprofanation. The lines, the colors , the surfaces, the sun that alwaysseems to be low above the horizon ... The Great Waldo Pepper really isa work of cinematic art.

Secondly I would really like to know how the idea for this scriptdeveloped. It looks like the aviation business is a metaphor for themovie industry. I would not be surprised had director andco-scriptwriter George Roy Hill put many personal feelings andexperiences into it. Aviation stands for freedom. But even in the titlescene the constant fear of being forcefully grounded becomes evident –the main character, aviator Waldo Pepper, talks an overawed boy intogetting a canister of gas for him with the promise of a free tour abovethe landing strip. Cute, at first sight, but also curiously grim. Itimmediately started me wondering how the boy could manage to carry thefull canister over the required long distance.

The wish to be free and be able to fly off sets ever more demandingconditions. People get bored with acrobatics, they want to see blood.The artists comply, because they are ambitious but also because theyknow that it is the only way that allows them to continue. Time moveson and it becomes evident that commercial air service will put an endto the adventurous phase of aviation. Hollywood seems to be the onlyway out. Acrobats are needed as stunt-men there. The grindhouse routineof the dream factory is not to their liking, but what else can they do?On a set Waldo Pepper meets a famous German flyer he idolizes. Much tohis surprise this Erich von Stroheim character is deeply in debt. „Inthe air, I see heroism, chivalry and a spirit of comraderie", rasps theGerman, „but on the ground ..." He just limply shrugs. The finalquixotic showdown between Pepper and the German is a natural and verygood ending of this surprisingly „deep" and rather pessimistic moviethat offers far more than nostalgia.

Reviewed byccthemovieman-1Vote: 7/10/10

Anybody who likes old airplanes, stunt flying or just plain adventureand an interesting story should like this early Robert Redford film.

Redford plays the "The Great Waldo Pepper" as he barnstorms from placeto place in the early 1900s. You see some wonderful bi-planes and theinteresting characters who flew them. The most flamboyant person inthis story is "Axel Olsson," played by Bo Svenson. He and Redford areintense competitors and the competition between the two is fun towitness, especially with humor thrown into the mix.

This film is noted for sporting a very young and beautiful SusanSarandon who makes a very memorable exit from the film! Except for anexcessive amount of usages of the Lord's name in vain, this would havebeen an excellent family film. Other actors whose names you mightrecognize in here are Edward Herrman, Georffrey Lewis and MargotKidder.

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