The Red Baron

April 10th, 2008


The Red Baron

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Baron Manfred von Richthofen is the most feared and celebrated pilot of the German air force in World War I...

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 6.1/10 (4,482 voted)

Director: Nikolai Müllerschön

Stars: Matthias Schweighöfer, Lena Headey, Til Schweiger

Baron Manfred von Richthofen is the most feared and celebrated pilot of the German air force in World War I. To him and his companions, air combats are events of sporty nature, technical challenge and honorable acting, ignoring the terrible extent of war. But after falling in love with the nurse Käte, Manfred realizes he is only used for propaganda means. Caught between his disgust for the war, and the responsibility for his fighter wing, von Richthofen sets out to fly again.

Tomás Koutník - Young Manfred von Richthofen
Tomás Ibl - Young Lothar von Richthofen
Albert Franc - Young Wolfram von Richthofen
Matthias Schweighöfer - Manfred von Richthofen
Maxim Mehmet - Friedrich Sternberg
Hanno Koffler - Lehmann
Til Schweiger - Werner Voss
Richard Krajco - Lanoe Hawker
Joseph Fiennes - Capt. Roy Brown
Steffen Schroeder - Bodenschatz
Lukás Príkazký - Kirmaier
Lena Headey - Käte Otersdorf
Ondrej Volejník - 1st German Soldier
Jirí Wohanka - 2nd German Soldier
Iveta Jirícková - Redhead Whore

Taglines: One warrior ruled the sky.


Official Website: Official site [Germany] (German, English) | Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 10 April 2008

Filming Locations: Czech Republic

Box Office Details

Budget: €18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $13,931 (USA) (21 March 2010) (15 Screens)

Gross: $36,569 (USA) (11 April 2010)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Val Kilmer was initially considered for the title role.

Factual errors: Von Richtofen was five years older than his friend/rival Werner Voss; Matthias Schweighofer, playing von Richtofen, born 11 March 1981, is 18 years younger than Til Schweiger, playing Voss, born 19 December 1963.

User Review

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Rating: 3/10

Few days ago I read an interview with Schweighöfer in which he's wondering why "The Red Baron" didn't get any subsidies. "Maybe they didn't like the script". They were right! And I don't think, the script was too controversial... I wish, it'd be. It's a pity that private financed productions like "As far as my feet will carry me" or even Vilsmaier's "Marlene" and now "The Red Baron" have producer's that are obviously willing to make the best movies they can, even without public money. they spent their budget on the cast, effects, good looks but they don't have a clue what to do with their values. They hire authors and directors who turn out to be just unable to cope with their projects. And most of the critics just complain about historical facts... I don't get it. It's a movie! But a badly told one. If you want to make a movie about a world war pilot who tries to be the best, then tell us, how he does it. And not in the main case, how he tries to win a nurse's heart! There are a lot of good love stories around, but THIS is the story of guy who liked to fly and shoot down enemies. If you pick it, stick to it. Don't be ashamed of your choice. It's quite funny to see a few quite impressing battle scenes, but the battles that mattered for the story are simply ignored. They get on the plane. Cut. Hospital. Everything that matters in the story is in the dialogs, not in actions. And even the important dialogs are filmed in cowardly undramatic distant shots... A waste of talent, chances and money.


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