Game of Aces

Synopsis: A rescue attempt of a German traitor during World War I has unexpected consequences and sets off an adventure across the Arabian desert.
97 min







three kinds of people in the world.

Those who make it happen,

those who watch it happen,

and those who spend their lives

asking, "What happened?"




I understand you arrived in

only this morning.

Yes, sir.

Well then, let me assure you

you will never get used to

the heat and the sand.

There really is no escaping it at all.

Ghastly stuff as you can see.

Although, around 5 p.m.

it does start to cool

this time of year.

You can feel it.

It's like clockwork.

One must simply learn to

live with it, unfortunately.

Nonetheless, here we are.


Where did you study?

At Oxford.

Ah, yes! Oxford.

Well, I dare say it's

a trifle greener than Cairo.

Not as many goats.

I do apologize for

notifying your superiors.

It's such short notice.

This situation came

about rather suddenly.

The timing of your arrival

is most fortunate indeed.

I appreciate this will not be

pleasant for you, my dear.

However, we'll get you out

of the ward for a few days.

And good experience in

the field never goes astray.

You will find his medical

records in the file.

He's German.

I thought we were looking

for one of our own.

We are, my dear.

Captain Josef Von Zimmermann

of the elite German Uberkanone,

has been working for us quite some time.

You'll note he does not

speak any English.

Frightful-looking chap.

Don't be alarmed.

Fortunately, he's one of us now.




One of our pilots spotted

a downed aircraft

in the desert about uh,

100 miles East this morning.

He is carrying sensitive information

smuggled out of Germany.

It is the highest priority that

we find him and bring him in.

Do we know if he's alive?

We're not even certain it is our man.

He has quite a record, I dare say.

Regrettably he's been responsible

for shooting down a number of our lads,

making him one of Germany's finest,

but such is war.







We tend to send out our grounded pilots

on these sorts of rescue operations.

Keeps them occupied until

they get back into the air.

The captain whom you

will be accompanying,

has been briefed.

He is a rather unorthodox chap.


What was he grounded for?

Well, I'm sure you'll have

plenty of time

to ask him that yourself, my dear.

That's him?

Yes, my dear.

Don't be alarmed.


Captain Jackson Cove.

I'd like you to meet Eleanor Morgan.

She will be accompanying you

on your mission.


I thought I was going alone.


we received orders from Christland

that someone with medical

training accompany you.

If our man is out there alive,

Eleanor here,

will be more than capable of

tending to his medical needs.


Eleanor is fluent in German,

so she will be acting

as your interpreter.


(MAN) We were very lucky

that she was available.

So be a nice chap and

take good care of her.

You drive?

Yes, sir.



Grab those, will you?

Surely you're not serious!









You're stopping?


Know anything about navigating?

No. Not much.

Not much or nothing at all?


All right. Look here.

- You see this?

- Uh-hm.

That's where we are.

You see this?

- Uh-hm.

- Okay.

That's where they think he is.

So, we're going to

drive in a straight line,

114 miles that way, North by Northeast.

You see this compass?

That's North by Northeast, okay?

And we also need to

keep track of our speed

and we need to watch our hours.

So it's 1900 right now,

and we're here, okay?

At 2000, we work out

distance equals speed over time.

You understand that?

- Yes, sir.

- Okay.

That's how we calculate our position,

and that's how...

That's how we find him.

And that's navigating, all right?

We watch our compass,

we keep track of our speed,

and we watch our time or we'll get lost.

If we get lost, we run out of water.

We run out of water, we die.

How do we know our speed?

This thing does 25 miles an hour.

- Is that fast?

- Yeah, it's pretty fast.

Is a mile longer or shorter

than a kilometer?


You gotta be f***ing kidding me.

Jesus Christ!


You should try and

get some sleep, all right?

We'll stop just before sun-up.

(ELEANOR) Yes, sir.



Oh my God, Cove.





Oh! Ouch!


You're drunk!

Maybe a little.

[SIGHS] I though we were under attack.

I thought you were shot.

What is wrong with you?

Oh, come on!

You frightened the life out of me!




It's just a little desert trap shooting.

Oh, that's just bloody wonderful!

It's a disgrace!

[SIGHS] No wonder

they wouldn't let you fly!

Hey, my flying has got

nothing to do with my drinking.

Give me that before you kill somebody.

You want to be careful.

It's loaded.

Oh, thank you very much, Captain,

for pointing out the blooming obvious.

I'm driving.

It doesn't count if you're sober.



That was a nice shot.

[GRUNTS] I'm good.

[GROANS] I'm good.

Shouldn't take yourself

so seriously, Oxford.




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