Based on a novel by Jack D. Hunter, The Blue Max is a World War I aviation drama, told from the German point of view. Low-born infantryman George Peppard becomes a pilot, almost deliberately stepping on the sensibilities of his aristocratic comrades in the process. A national hero, Peppard wins the Blue Max, the highest award that can be bestowed upon an aviator. His fame is exploited by general James Mason, who tolerates Peppard's affair with Mason's wife Ursula Andress. The canny Mason knows that, eventually, Peppard will be expendable, and a "heroic" death can be arranged. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
I saw this film when it first came out on the largest screen available as a kid. Over the years I have been amazed how it still offers a war story that seems believable and compelling, from a German point of view. Several other movies have tried and failed to capture the same period of time and subject matter. It is also one of the rare occasions that I enjoyed the movie more then when I later read the book.