The Blue Max

Synopsis: The tactics of a German fighter pilot offend his aristocratic comrades but win him his country's most honored medal, the Blue Max. The General finds him useful as a hero even though his wife also finds him useful as a love object. In the end the General arranges for him to test-fly an untried fighter.
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Director(s): John Guillermin
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 nominations.
156 min

Out of the way! Clear the way!

Move! Move!

That was a full bottle, Herr Leutnant.


- You've just met Willi von Klugermann.

- Yes.

- I see you've heard of him.

- Oh, yes, I have.

- You must be...

- He's tearing the wings off.

Let him celebrate, Ziegel.

He shoots them down.

Yourjob is to keep him up there.

You must be the new replacement, Stachel.

Bruno Stachel, Herr Oberleutnant.

Are you the adjutant?

I fly a desk now.

Anti-aircraft fire.

Still, it could have got me

higher up, couldn't it?


Wait here. I'll tell the CO you've arrived.

And if I were you, I'd button up thatjacket.

Ziegel, how soon can you

have us ready again?

Depends on how many

of the others have been hit.

I wasn't the only one.

I can't keep these barges flying for ever.

I'm not a magician.

No, Ziegel, you are a magician

whether you like it or not.

- Only 11 back, Herr Hauptmann.

- Yes. Mueller went down.

He didn't last long.

Fabian, how did we come to lose him?

I gave him the usual instructions, Herr

Hauptmann, but he wouldn't stay with me.

Too, uh, too keen.

Oh, by the way, Scholte's replacement's here.

Leutnant Bruno Stachel reporting

from 104 training school.

Your commanding officer,

Hauptmann Heidemann.

Ah, yes. Stachel. Come inside.

Herr Hauptmann.

- Stachel?

- Yes, sir.

Two years in the infantry. Any rank?

Corporal, Herr Hauptmann.

What made you transfer to the air corps?

To fly, Herr Hauptmann.

Are you a good flier?

I'm... comfortable in the air.

Comfortable. Are you? Interesting.



Very pretty flying.

I wish you would stop it. You'll live longer.

Sorry about that.

I see you are from Wiesbaden.

I've done some hunting round there.

- Who are your people?

- Herr Hauptmann?

I want to know something of your

background. What does your father do?

He works in a small hotel, Herr Hauptmann.

Five bedrooms.

Corporal, see the new officer's bags

are taken to the mess.

Herr Hauptmann.

Come into my office, Stachel.

Close the door, please.

I'm sorry if it bothers you

about what your father does.

It doesn't bother me, Herr Hauptmann.

Then why are you so touchy about it?

Well, you're an officer now.

Your social problems are no concern of ours.

Take a look at the map, Stachel.

Our operating area is between

Arras and St-Quentin.

The British also operate the area...

as you'll find out.

What did you train on?

The usual machine, Herr Hauptmann.

An out-of-date Pfalz.

That's what you'll fly here, too.

- But at flying school they told us...

- Flying school.

At flying school they'll tell you anything.

Up-to-date machines go

to experienced pilots.

Both are in short supply.

- It's a cruel worid, Stachel.

- Yes, Herr Hauptmann.

Welcome to the squadron. The truck

will take you to the mess with the others.

And Stachel?

Let's hope you get to like us.

He could have been lying

about the five bedrooms.

- His father was probably only a waiter.

- Just another snob, in fact.

Willi, there's something I haven't told you.

I have an uncle in the hotel business.

I admit he's a baron,

and the hotel has 500 bedrooms,

but you do see the position it places me in.

# There was a town in Poland

# And there a girl we found

# Lovely...

- Want a cigarette?

- Thank you.

# She was the loveliest maid

that ever we beheld

# But "Do not kiss me, please" she said

# "I never kiss"

You've got 18, haven't you?

Squadron rule number one, Stachel.

Gentlemen never parade

their military achievements.

Any rule against saying

how long it took you?

I would say that was covered

by the same rule, wouldn't you?

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