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The Blue Max

1966 film by John Guillermin

The Blue Max

Released 1966 (56 years, 6 months ago)

Director John Guillermin
Duration 156 minutes
Genre war film
Composer Jerry Goldsmith
Production company 20th Century Fox
Country of origin United Kingdom and United States of America
Screenwriter Ben Barzman

About The Blue Max

The Blue Max, directed by John Guillermin, is a visually stunning war film that tells the story of a German fighter pilot, Bruno Stachel (played by George Peppard), during World War I. Released in 1966, the film received critical acclaim for its impressive aerial sequences and Peppard's captivating performance.

Based on the novel by Jack D. Hunter, The Blue Max follows Stachel as he rises through the ranks of the German military, fueled by his desire for fame and recognition. Along the way, he becomes entangled in a love triangle with his superior officer's wife (played by Ursula Andress) and a fellow pilot (played by James Mason).

The film's aerial sequences, which were shot using real planes and pilots, are a highlight of the movie. The dogfights are intense and thrilling, and the cinematography captures the beauty and danger of flying in a way that had never been seen before on film.

Peppard's performance as Stachel is also noteworthy. He brings a complexity to the character, making him both charming and ruthless. Andress and Mason also deliver strong performances, adding depth to their respective characters.

Overall, The Blue Max is a well-crafted war film that stands the test of time. Its impressive visuals and strong performances make it a must-see for fans of the genre.


- Ebert, R. (1966, June 28). The Blue Max.

- Canby, V. (1966, June 22). The Screen: 'The Blue Max' Is a War Film. The New York Times.

Cast and crew

Cast and crew listed below. See if you can find out who is who from the stats below.


91 years, 7 months, 17 days


65 years, 7 months, 25 days

Born first

3 June 1900

Died first

27 July 1984

Born last

19 March 1936

Died last

19 July 2019

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