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The first World War is in its third year and aerial combat above the Western Front is consuming the nation's favored children at an appalling rate. By early 1917, the average life-span of a British pilot is less than a fortnight. Such losses place a fearsome strain on Gresham, commanding officer of the squadron. Aces High recreates the early days of the Royal Flying Corps with some magnificently staged aerial battles, and sensitive direction presents a moving portrayal of the futilities of war.

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  1. Howard Barker


  2. Jack Gold


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  1. Malcolm McDowell

    Malcolm McDowell

    Maj. John Gresham

  2. Christopher Plummer

    Christopher Plummer

    Capt. 'Uncle' Sinclair

  3. Simon Ward

    Simon Ward

    Lt. Crawford

  4. Peter Firth

    Peter Firth

    Lt. Stephen Croft

  5. DW

    David Wood

    Lt. 'Tommy' Thompson

  6. John Gielgud

    John Gielgud


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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 54m

Budget -

Revenue -

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  • December 10, 1977
    PG, Theatrical



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