The Red Baron (Der rote Baron)
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The Red Baron (Der rote Baron)
Baron Manfred von Richthofen is the crack pilot of the German aerial combat forces -- a legend in his own time, a hero at home and a man both feared and respected by the enemy. The provocative red paint job of his Fokker aircraft earns him the nickname 'The Red Baron'. Unwittingly, he allows the German high command to manipulate his chivalrous code of honor and misuse him for propaganda purposes until a beautiful and resolute nurse opens his eyes to the tragic fact that there is more to war than dogfights won and adversaries downed. Baron von Richthofen finally becomes aware of his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 20%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If the film is intelligent and thoughtful, it is unfortunately lacking in energy and passion; it is more a somber, highly familiar reflection on warfare and its toll than an action movie."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"His plane may be red, but the dialogue is purple."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"One can see how its overtly soapy, lowest-common-denominator antics would play comfortably in various climes."
‑ Sara Maria Vizcarrondo, Boxoffice Magazine
"Red Baron leaves Manfred von Richthofen a lifeless cliché of Aryan grandeur, stuck inside of a film that tries too hard to dazzle without fully exploring the possibilities of the legend."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Nikolai Müllerschön's film about the German flying ace has nothing like the sort of flair it needs to get away with its sentimental departures from the historical facts."
‑ Edward Porter, Times [UK]
"Drama about World War I flying aces never gets off the ground."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"The propaganda films produced by both sides in the '30s and '40s might've been objectionable for many reasons but at least they had the good sense to show real planes in action."
‑ Jason Anderson, Toronto Star
"A stodgy but good-looking war film, with many stirring scenes of aerial combat."
‑ Matt Soergel, Florida Times-Union
"Embraces embellishment and outright falsehood in search of soap opera."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"Moderately expensive, immoderately dull."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Unfortunately Muellerschoen's movie emphasizes empty grandeur over human drama."
‑ Tim Grierson, L.A. Weekly
"So while the earthbound sequences may drag, when 'The Red Baron' takes to the skies, it soars."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"Alas, this BARON is barren, more dead than red."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, Geekweek
"An ambitious young man in his flying machine"
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"This is an ambitious attempt to tell the story of World War I's most notorious fighter pilot. But while the events are truly momentous, with thrillingly rendered aerial combat, the film is let down by lacklustre writing and direction."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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