PG-13 | | Action, Biography, Drama
The story of Manfred von Richthofen, the German air ace during World War I and his struggle with the enemy aces and some jealous German officers.
While the dogfights were shot in Ireland over a two-week period using actual vintage planes, the crash sequences were filmed at Andrews Air Force base in a single day, using models assembled by a group of teenaged hobbyists Roger Corman happened across while scouting locations.
What's the matter? You can't shoot a man in the back if he's not in a plane?
Use of an "interrupter gear" cam mechanism to allow fuselage-mounted machine guns to fire through propellers without shooting them off by stopping the gun whenever the propeller was in the way caused a far slower rate of fire than shown in the film. (The British SE-5 simply avoided the problem by mounting a machine gun to the plane's upper wing and firing over the top of the propeller.)
The name of the German ace that brought Richthofen into his squadron at the beginning of the film was spelled wrongly as "Boelke" in the credits. His name was Oswald BOELCKE.