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The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)

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MPAA Rating
PG

Running Time
1 hour, 47 minutes

Country USA

Studio Universal

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• The Great Waldo Pepper



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Genre: Drama, Period Piece, World War I

Plot: Following the enormous success of THE STING, George Roy Hill finally had the freedom to make this film about the romance of aviation, which had been a cherished project of his for years. It stars Robert Redford as Waldo Pepper, a former WWI pilot who, in 1926, is barnstorming across the country in a Curtiss JN-4 biplane, doing stunts for a living. He exaggerates his wartime heroics, as much to fulfill his own fantasies as to drum up business, claiming to have engaged in a dogfight with ace German fighter pilot Ernst Kessler (Bo Brundin). His closest friend, Ezra Stiles, is working on the design of a monoplane that can perform the perilous outside loop, which Pepper intends to be the first to execute. With public interest in stunt flying on the downslide, the pilot is forced to partner with good-natured former competitor Axel Olsson (Bo Svenson). But things still remain tough for the pilots, leading them to join a flying circus. When tragedy strikes, Pepper must answer to aviation authorities. The film, well executed on every level, features extraordinary stunt flying, mixing slapstick with a darker drama about the crippling effect of adolescent fantasy.

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 Directed by
George Roy Hill
The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The World According to Garp
 Written by
William Goldman
The Princess Bride, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Dreamcatcher
George Roy Hill
The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The World According to Garp
 Cast
Robert Redford
The Sting, Spy Game, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Susan Sarandon
Thelma & Louise, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Dead Man Walking
Geoffrey Lewis
Maverick, The Devil's Rejects, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Edward Herrmann
The Aviator, Intolerable Cruelty, The Lost Boys
Margot Kidder
Superman, Superman II, Superman III
Bo Svenson
Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Speed 2: Cruise Control, Heartbreak Ridge
Bo Brundin
Meteor, Raise the Titanic, Late for Dinner
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 Music By
Henry Mancini
Touch of Evil, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Charade



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