Europe, 1916. A living legend (aged 24) performing amazing dogfights and aerial stunts, flies in on painted wings to become famous the world over. For millions of his countrymen, he becomes an idol, a symbol of hope and pride. Baron Manfred von Richthofen (MATTHIAS SCHWEIGH…FER) 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, including Allied Forces' Canadian pilot, Captain Roy Brown (JOSEPH FIENNES). He and his fellow officers, Lieutenants Voss (TIL SCHWEIGER), Sternberg (MAXIM MEHMET) and Lehmann (HANNO KOFFLER) see their duels in the sky as tactical, almost sportsmanlike, clever challenges that, at least at first, obscure their view of the horrors of the battlefields below. And 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 the young pilot falls in love with Kete (LENA HEADEY), a beautiful and resolute nurse who 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 role in the propaganda machine of a senseless and barbarous war. With a torn heart, despite the heavy losses in his squadron and his disgust for the war and his responsibility to his fighter wing, von Richthofen cannot help but fly. But even for this living legend, each new combat mission could be his last.
"THE RED BARON IS A HANDSOME, METICULOUSLY DETAILED EPIC."
- KEVIN THOMAS, LOS ANGELES TIMES
"WHEN 'THE RED BARON' TAKES TO THE SKIES, IT SOARS."
- TIME OUT
"THE RED BARON IS AN IMPRESSIVE HEROIC EPIC WITH STRIKING VISUAL EFFECTS AND SPECTACULAR ACTION SEQUENCES."
- ROLAND EMMERICH (DIRECTOR 2012 & INDEPENDENCE DAY)
"THE RED BARON IS WHERE THE BLACK-AND-WHITE RICHTHOFEN MYTH MEETS THE FULL-COLOR REALITY OF WWI LIFE AND DEATH, HEAD-ON AND IN PURE SPELLBINDING FASHION."
- RON KAPLAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NATIONAL AVIATION HALL OF FAME
"A TERRIFIC CAST AND A TREAT FOR ACTION FANS."
- JENELLE RILEY, NATIONAL FILM AND TV EDITOR, BACK STAGE
"A VISUALLY-COMPELLING WWI EPIC CHRONICLING THE EXPLOITS OF GERMANY'S MOST CELEBRATED WAR HERO FEATURING SPECTACULAR RECREATIONS OF HIS DARING WWI DOGFIGHTS, PLUS A TOUCHING, IF FICTIONAL, ILL-FATED ROMANCE."
- KAM WILLIAMS, NEWSBLAZE
"4 STARS. THE RED BARON DESERVES SEVERAL STANDING OVATIONS. STUPENDOUS AERIAL DOGFIGHTS ARE SO NAIL-BITINGLY TENSE WE BELIEVE WE ARE PILOTING THE FOKKER D-V11 AND DR-1 TRIPLANES WITH THE RED BARON… THIS GEM OF A FILM. THE RED BARON IS A MUST-SEE FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN HISTORY AND THE HUMAN CONDITION."
- MOVING PICTURES MAGAZINE
"A WELL-DOCUMENTED, ASTUTELY WRITTEN, WORK OF CINEMATIC ART."
- FILM THREAT
"AWESOME SPECIAL EFFECTS. IT IS ONE OF THE BEST ACTION FILMS MADE FOR LOVERS OF AIRPLANES AND DOGFIGHTS... GETTING YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT DURING EVERY BATTLE. IT’S THRILLING."
"THE RED BARON IS UTTERLY UNFORGETTABLE AND HIGHLY RECOMMENDED."
- THE MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
"FILLED WITH EPIC SWEEP AND SPECTACULAR BATTLE SEQUENCES."
- METRO CANADA
"THRILLING… A STIRRING STORY… WELL TOLD, VIVIDLY ILLUSTRATING A STRANGE ERA WHEN OLD-STYLE PRUSSIAN NOBILITY BECAME THE CAVALRY OF THE SKIES."
"FASCINATING... BREATHTAKING DOGFIGHT SEQUENCES."
- CHANNEL 4
"THE RED BARON IS FLYING AGAIN."
- THE TIMES
- SUNDAY MIRROR
"A MOVIE OF SUPERLATIVES WITH A STELLAR CAST."
"A GREAT, MOVING FILM EPIC."
"GREAT FEATURE. A MARVELOUS CAST AND SPECTACULAR IMAGES OF AERIAL BATTLES."
"HOLLYWOOD CAN’T DO IT BETTER. A MUST-SEE."
- BERLINER KURIER
- SFT SPIELE-FILME-TECHNIK
"LUSCIOUS FLYING ACTION, SOME DRAMA AND A TOUCH OF ROMANCE."
- WIDESCREEN VISION
"A TIMELESS HEROIC STORY, SEASONED WITH SOME ROMANCE AND A LOT OF SPECTACULAR AERIAL BATTLES."
Written & Directed by: Nikolai Muellerschoen
Starring: Matthias Schweighöfer (Valkyrie), Til Schweiger (Inglorious Bastards), Lena Headey (Game of Thrones, The Sarah Conner Chronicles), and Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love)