The Red Baron


The Red Baron

Flying ace Manfred von Richthofen proves a propaganda success above the Western Front, famed as The Red Baron. But the brutal realities of war bring him down to earth.


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BIRDS TWEET, DUCK QUACKS

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SOMEONE WALKING, GRASS CRUNCHES

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-WHISPERING:

-There!

-Where?

-Next to the fallen beech tree.

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DOG PANTS

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Get down. Down!

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GUN CLICKS

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AIRCRAFT ENGINE

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IT FLIES OVERHEAD

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DOG BARKS

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HORSE WHINNIES

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AIRCRAFT ENGINE CONTINUES

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CHURCH BELL TOLLS

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Present arms!

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AIRCRAFT ENGINES ROAR

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It's a bomb!

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HARMONICA PLAYING

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ENGINES BUZZING

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GUNFIRE

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MORE GUNFIRE

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DOG BARKS >

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DOG WHINES

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-Are you out of your bloody minds?!

-ALL: Yes, sir!

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You risked the squadron's planes to attend an enemy funeral!

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ALL: Yes, sir!

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-Lehmann and Sternberg knew him, sir. Captain Winston Clyde Walker.

-Yes.

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I mean sir.

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My uncle, the Duke of Westchester, is his mother's brother-in-law.

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Lehmann and I, we went to school with him. Eton, sir.

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You're talking about a British pilot, for heaven's sake!

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Pity he's not with us any more, sir.

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DOG BARKS

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Oh, what the hell!

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Dismissed!

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HE HUMS TO HIMSELF

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Heard you got yourself some holes while paying your condolences, Richthofen.

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I love these small gossipy airfields, Kirmaier.

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Anyone want a cigarette?

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French?

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-De rien.

-Merci.

-Richthofen brought down a two-seater.

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I suppose that's to make up for ignoring my orders?

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No. It's adding to my score.

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I just got the report.

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A British RE8 crashed 12 kilometres from here.

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Let's go find your brain. Let's get your kill confirmed.

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ROCKS FALL

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Help me. Help me!

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Careful, all right?

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One, two, three...

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-CRIES OF PAIN

-I said careful!

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Agh!

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Hurry up, he's bloody heavy!

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-He's losing a lot of blood.

-Agh!

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You will be all right. You will be all right.

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You can take him.

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Pick him up.

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Thank you. You saved this man's life.

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No. I shot him down.

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TOY TRAIN TOOTS

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TOY TRAIN STOPS

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The French send their condolences and claim the kill.

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The service for Kirmaier will be held at 1600 hours.

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The pilot who led the attack against us four days ago,

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it was Hawker.

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-What?!

-Major Lanoe Hawker?

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The very man, sir.

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I saw his face. Full beard.

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Had the Grim Reaper painted on his fuselage.

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Scary fellow. Downed nine of us. When they'd fly reconnaissance,

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he latched a one-shot hunting rifle to his fuselage.

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We almost touched wings. And I'll attempt to stay out of his way.

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-You got that close? Why not attack?

-I only attack if I can win.

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CLASSICAL MUSIC PLAYS

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How badly do you want the Pour le Merite?

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I'd kill for it.

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I just received a cable from Supreme Headquarters and guess what?

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-They badly want to give it to you.

-Why don't they, then?

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You know the rules and not even Imperial Command

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would bend them for you, so hurry up and shoot down that capture balloon.

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I hunt aeroplanes, sir. Not objects that cannot move.

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You're not a hunter, Lieutenant, you're a soldier,

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and you will follow orders, especially ones straight from General von Hoeppner.

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HARMONICA PLAYING

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-What if I shoot down Hawker?

-Stay away from Hawker.

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You're no match for him.

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GUNFIRE

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HE YELLS

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YELLING CONTINUES

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GUNFIRE CONTINUES

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YELLING

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TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWS

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Has anybody got a spanner?

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I don't believe it.

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So you finally did it? You bagged yourself a legend.

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That'll make you a legend, too.

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Oswald Boelcke, the first of the aces.

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You're desperate to find someone to fill the gap he left?

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You know what he once said to me when I asked how he manages his business?

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"Well, it's quite simple.

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"I fly close to my man, aim well and then of course he falls down."

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Hey. Sterny and I drive to Arras.

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Why don't you join us for a drink? We could look for the little nurse.

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I mean, the sooner you have her,

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the sooner you get her out of your system.

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We can't have ties to the ground, can we?

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Werner.

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Hm?

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I'll fill that gap. I'll be the first of the aces.

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MUSIC PLAYS, BUZZ OF CONVERSATION

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Sit down and have a drink with us.

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Here.

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-I'm married, you know.

-L'Chaim.

-L'Chaim.

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NURSE: We need a bucket of water.

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-Lieutenant.

-The name is von Richthofen.

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Please to meet you again, mademoiselle.

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-I know your name.

-Well?

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The pilot you shot down told me who you were.

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Did he survive?

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Do you really care?

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-Or are you just curious?

-The latter.

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At least you are honest.

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It's a start, isn't it?

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Can you be caring without being curious in the first place? So, what's your name?

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His name is Captain Roy Brown and he's alive, no thanks to you.

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He told me you are a supreme profession...and a tricky rascal.

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Well, tell him that I'm honoured by his compliments and, er,

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hope I never have to meet him in the skies again.

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He might get the better of me,

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and I might not be lucky enough to have...

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such a gorgeous attendant.

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Unbelievable!

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Enjoy your evening.

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Do you happen to know what became of my scarf?

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-I'll have it sent to you.

-No. Keep it. It'll bring you luck.

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Stop! In we go!

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-I'm starving.

-Yeah, me, too.

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Prussians don't whine, gentlemen.

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'Prussia's highest bravery award - the order Pour le Merite.'

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High Command is giving you a tremendous responsibility, young man, going far beyond this medal.

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You're promoted to lead not only the men I've just placed under your command,

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you've been chosen as a leader of all fighting men.

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A symbol of courage, bravery and boldness and determination.

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A symbol of Germany's superiority.

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Pilots are like gods, Richthofen.

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When we lost Boelcke, our troops lost a hero

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and if our enemy can kill a god, what chance does the poor farmhand

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dug deep into the trenches think he has, hmm?

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Gods don't die. Do you understand?

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Yes, sir.

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Fine.

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You're dismissed, gentlemen.

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PEOPLE CHATTER

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-Hold tight.

-I know!

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-Keep the rudder straight. Go over there.

-Stop now!

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Go straight. I said straight. You're not going straight!

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I can't concentrate!

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Everybody comes to honour our son and all they do is play with that plane.

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It's like little boys. As if my brothers would ever grow up.

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Handsome little boys.

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Take a left now. Slow down.

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Let them enjoy their youth... whilst they can.

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-I know, my friend! Would you please shut up?

->

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Go over there.

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OK, I'll go faster now.

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WOMEN SCREAM

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Watch out!

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-Watch the haystack!

-I know!

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Keep the sun on your back. Don't fire too soon.

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It just warns your opponent and has no other effect.

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Best range for shooting is 50 metres. Not more.

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But remember, our task is to bring down aeroplanes, not men.

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So stop firing when your opponent's falling.

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Gentlemen, we're sportsmen,

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not butchers.

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-Merci.

-De rien.

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Gentlemen, I'd like you to meet my chief mechanic Sergeant Rouber.

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WHISTLING

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Dismissed.

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-HEELS CLICK

-Sir!

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Stop clicking your heels, Menzke.

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-Yes, sir.

-HEELS CLICK AGAIN

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Hello.

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Oh, I almost forgot. If each of you

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hasn't shot down at least one in the next four weeks, you're fired.

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GUNFIRE IN THE DISTANCE

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Lieutenant, this is a hospital. Who do you think you are?

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I'm sorry. You knew him well?

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I still don't know your name.

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Kate...Otersdorf.

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Allemand? German name?

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-Mon pere est Allemand et ma mere est Belge.

-Ah, a German father. I see.

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Love these fine cigarettes.

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LIGHTER CLICKS REPEATEDLY

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You're a...very beautiful woman.

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I was hoping to see you again.

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-I thought maybe you might be wearing my scarf.

-I'll get it for you.

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I couldn't get all the stains out.

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Mademoiselle, have I done something wrong?

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-Am I not worth an answer or is it just that you hate all men?

-Hate?

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I don't hate you. It's a male domain.

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But you're angry, aren't you?

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There's another man's blood on it and you do not seem to care.

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Men like you scare me, because I do not understand why you do what you do.

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And being scared makes me angry.

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Now please...

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leave me alone.

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Wait. Wait!

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Imagine you're up there, like a hawk looking down.

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The wind blows around you. The smell of the engine.

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The draught of the propeller.

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Up there you can let yourself fall. You can climb and turn and spin.

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Freedom. It's what men have always dreamt of.

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I have dreamt of it since I was a little boy.

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But the best part is the chase. The fight.

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The hunt. Sometimes, you see your enemy up close

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and you know he's like you, that he thinks the same thoughts with the same excitement.

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It's like a match.

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A joust. It's like a sport.

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Tennis does not kill you.

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It's childhood dreams that got your friend killed.

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No, I don't hate you, Baron.

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I pity you.

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Gentlemen, please!

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It shouldn't be that hard to paint a plane, should it?

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Just do it, Rouber!

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Manfred, what's wrong with you?

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What is this crazy paint job all about?

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Manfred, you know damn well OCA will crucify you for this.

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I don't care about what the office in charge of aviation does

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and you'd better not question my orders!

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I just think you're making a mistake. They'll spot you from a long way off.

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We'd completely lose the advantage of surprise.

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I don't want them to be surprised.

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I want them to be scared.

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HEELS CLICK

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Lieutenant Kurt Wolff reporting for duty, sir.

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Planning to take your nap up there, Lieutenant?

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Never fly without it, sir. You know, for luck.

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Superstitious, huh?

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Like me.

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My mother keeps ordering new coats from our tailor.

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I never pick them up.

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See you around.

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Sir!

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-General!

-General von Hoeppner.

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Over here, sir!

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You've become quite a celebrity, Baron. You're making headlines.

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The Emperor himself mentioned your name after hearing about your 29th victory.

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So...I've brought a little surprise for you.

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Didn't they run out of medals to give me?

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Well, it isn't exactly a medal.

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Sir!

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-This wasn't my idea.

-It is certainly good propaganda -

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the Richthofen brothers flying together.

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Welcome.

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Your brother's a nice chap. He really has the spirit our Fatherland needs right now.

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So tell me, they come up with these strange new names for you.

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The Diablo Rouge, or the Red Baron.

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Why is that?

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I see.

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-<

-So much about army rules and regulations.

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Interesting.

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Very interesting.

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Try to keep the sun on your back. Watch out for the winds.

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And never forget, a pilot's greatest virtue is to know when to run.

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-What's this, a joke?

-Just do what it helps you to do, Lothar.

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-Run away from a fight?!

-Yes. If you cannot win, you fly away.

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-Fast.

-It's a thin line between cowardice and cleverness.

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It's true. All right! Morning, gentlemen.

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That's a great idea.

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I already heard rumours the French think this paint is bullet proof.

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I wouldn't take this with me. Could get in the way up there.

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This looks much better.

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The crop stays here.

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-Scared them off, didn't we?

-For now. It's getting busy up there.

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Damn French know how to protect their observation balloons.

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I'm all right.

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That was fun, wasn't it? Can I stay at your quarters tonight?

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-Already feeling lonely?

-Yeah.

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Did you have him transferred?

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-Who?

-Brother Lothar.

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Where is he? Do you see him?

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He was right behind me. You'd better keep an eye on your little brother.

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He has a hell of a dangerous attitude.

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ENGINES ROAR, GUNFIRE RATTLES

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What the hell's going on?

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GUNFIRE CONTINUES

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For God's sake, let the poor fellow land!

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-What's he doing?

-The man's trying an emergency landing!

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GUNFIRE CONTINUES

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'For Christ's sake, Lothar! You shot this poor bastard to pieces!

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'You want to win a war without killing anyone, huh?!'

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This is not a polo game! We're not boys any more!

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We're grown men fighting a bloody war!

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I'm quite aware of that.

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I'm quite aware of that!

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But still, we can fight it with grace!

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What?

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-You were listening?

-They must have heard you in Paris, and Berlin.

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-He's just ambitious.

-Then help him contain it.

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I, for one, don't want to get killed because of his ambition.

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I'd hate to see you get killed either.

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CAR HORNS BEEP

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HORSE WHINNIES

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BUZZ OF CONVERSATION

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MAN: Why have you stopped?

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Morning, my dear Hindenburg.

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And my dear friend, von Hoeppner.

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Welcome to Berlin, General.

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The young man already seems to be more famous than, er... what was his name?

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-Oswald Boelcke, Your Majesty.

-Yes, yes. We need men like him.

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I suppose we'll have to give you another promotion, Richthofen.

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You are a real hero.

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I take it... the ladies are all over you?

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There aren't many ladies at 10,000 feet, Your Majesty.

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HE LAUGHS, HIS COURTIERS COPY

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Attention!

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Well, are you ready, gentlemen?

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Move on! Don't fall asleep.

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Look out!

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SOLDIERS SHOUT INSTRUCTIONS IN FRENCH

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-What shall we do, sir?

-I could run them over.

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-Put the pistol away.

-MAN ASKS A QUESTION IN FRENCH

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-What did he say?

-He wants my captain's autograph.

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GUNSHOT

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-Ready?

-Go!

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-<

-Ready!

-Go!

-GUNSHOT

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How'd you know?

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I saw you lose it.

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HE PLAYS A MELANCHOLY TUNE

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Oh, no.

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Good morning, gentlemen.

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Bodenschatz, welcome! My new adjutant.

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-Kurt Wolff, welcome.

-I've heard a lot about you.

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Thanks.

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Orders, Sternberg, orders. My new commanding officer is the man I commanded not too long ago.

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I heard you chaps ran into some massive Allied aerial activity?

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-More than massive.

-When Germany produces ten planes, you bet hundreds unloaded on the French coast.

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Let them come. We'll shoot them out of the skies by the hundreds.

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Meet brother Lothar.

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AIRCRAFT ENGINE WHINES

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GUNFIRE

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ENGINE WHINES

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-<

-Damn!

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Damn gophers.

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It's pure luck I didn't run on one of those damned holes myself.

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Thank you for being so tactful after embarrassing me by landing safely with a shredded fin.

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I've come to have a look. Sopwith? Brand new, isn't it?

0:38:010:38:05

Was. Captain Brown.

0:38:050:38:08

Royal Canadian Flying Corps. The notorious Red Baron, I presume?

0:38:080:38:13

Didn't I shoot you down a year ago?

0:38:140:38:17

Indeed you did.

0:38:170:38:18

Why are you still flying around, then?

0:38:180:38:21

Your prison camps are quite fancy. However, they don't have airfields.

0:38:210:38:26

Thanks for pulling me out of that wreck. For saving my life.

0:38:280:38:32

Pulling you from that wreck didn't save your life.

0:38:360:38:39

True. Without her help, I probably wouldn't have made it back into a plane.

0:38:410:38:46

She sure is a great girl.

0:38:460:38:48

She nursed me for weeks. Did you ever get back your scarf?

0:38:480:38:53

-What now?

-Guess we could try killing each other with our pistols.

0:38:580:39:02

-Killing you would make me famous too.

-Sorry, I didn't bring mine.

0:39:020:39:06

But you might want to button up your holster before you lose yours.

0:39:060:39:10

GUNFIRE

0:39:530:39:55

GUNFIRE

0:39:590:40:03

HE SPEAKS TO HIMSELF IN GERMAN

0:40:500:40:53

THUNDER RUMBLES

0:41:140:41:17

How long have you been stationed in Europe?

0:41:260:41:29

Ever since Mother England called the kids for help.

0:41:290:41:32

Meaning us, the Commonwealth's colonies.

0:41:320:41:35

You're right. The entire war seems to be a family affair.

0:41:350:41:39

Family ties is what you aristocrats are all about.

0:41:390:41:41

The Russian Tsar, royal families of Britain, France, Austria, Germany.

0:41:410:41:45

HE SIGHS

0:41:450:41:47

Everyone is someone's nephew, uncle, brother. Man, your love life sure ignores all them borders.

0:41:470:41:52

But to protect those borders, we kill each other off anyway.

0:41:520:41:55

And we always manage to find good enough reasons, don't we?

0:41:550:41:58

You thought about killing me.

0:42:010:42:03

Isn't killing each other the reason why we're here?

0:42:030:42:06

Yes.

0:42:080:42:10

Be seeing you.

0:42:130:42:15

Don't get me wrong, but I hope not.

0:42:170:42:20

Yes.

0:42:230:42:24

So long, then. Good luck.

0:42:310:42:34

Talking family,

0:42:370:42:40

sooner or later, this war will be over.

0:42:400:42:43

You should hook up with that nurse.

0:42:430:42:46

I think she's got the hots for you.

0:42:460:42:50

What makes you say that?

0:42:500:42:52

She kept bitching about you for weeks.

0:42:520:42:55

Stop the truck.

0:43:230:43:26

Stop the truck!

0:43:260:43:28

There you are. We just found him.

0:43:370:43:39

Sterny?

0:43:510:43:53

-Get a doctor here!

-He doesn't need a doctor, he needs a priest.

0:43:540:43:57

A rabbi.

0:43:570:44:00

HE CRIES OUT IN GRIEF

0:44:100:44:12

HE WAILS

0:44:140:44:16

He's dead, Manfred.

0:44:310:44:32

MEN CHATTER

0:44:550:44:58

Catching up, brother.

0:45:020:45:03

It's days now since we buried him.

0:45:080:45:11

Why is it you can't enjoy the fact I've been promoted? I'm your brother.

0:45:220:45:27

He was a friend of yours, I know.

0:45:410:45:43

But he was a fighter pilot too and knew the risks he took.

0:45:440:45:49

A risk all soldiers proudly take.

0:45:510:45:55

But you are more than a soldier, you're a superior officer!

0:45:560:46:00

You have a responsibility toward the men out there!

0:46:000:46:04

Towards your country, and your people!

0:46:040:46:06

DOOR SLAMS

0:46:140:46:16

GUNFIRE

0:46:330:46:35

GUNFIRE

0:46:550:46:57

GUNFIRE CONTINUES

0:47:000:47:03

CHILDREN GIGGLE

0:47:160:47:18

Arretes! Ca suffit!

0:47:180:47:20

Regardes, c'est un avion!

0:47:200:47:24

Le rouge!

0:47:240:47:26

-C'est le rouge!

-Attention, Louis!

0:47:360:47:41

-Allez, on y va!

-Depeche-toi, Sophie.

0:47:410:47:44

You smell nice.

0:48:140:48:16

SHE GASPS

0:48:160:48:18

Much better than all the flowers.

0:48:180:48:20

You are still a little boy playing silly games.

0:48:260:48:29

You haven't changed.

0:48:310:48:33

I'm not so sure about that.

0:48:350:48:37

A while ago, I wouldn't have let myself get shot down.

0:48:390:48:44

Turn over.

0:48:440:48:46

Ow! Ah!

0:49:000:49:02

So much for Germany's bravest!

0:49:040:49:06

I'm sick of Menzke bringing me these reports of our lack of success every damned day.

0:49:090:49:14

-I'm just trying to fill your seat...

-You send up single squadrons, Doring.

0:49:140:49:19

They're in no position to battle successfully against enemy formations.

0:49:190:49:24

Captain Doring has his orders.

0:49:240:49:26

The office in charge of aviation arranges us on a timetable, sir.

0:49:260:49:30

They're a bunch of idiots,

0:49:300:49:32

condemning us to routine barrier flights. We need to be flexible.

0:49:320:49:37

Loose! Hit the enemy where it actually is.

0:49:370:49:40

The British and French rule our airspace wherever and whenever they like. Yes.

0:49:430:49:48

We hardly ever down their damn planes!

0:49:500:49:53

I order you to ignore OCA's orders, Doring.

0:49:560:50:01

Mademoiselle Otersdorf? What are you doing?

0:50:090:50:13

I'm just following orders, Baron.

0:50:140:50:17

Welcome back, sir.

0:50:530:50:55

Welcome back.

0:50:570:50:59

It's the most successful fighter squadron of the war. These men are the best pilots in the skies.

0:51:190:51:25

DOG BARKS THEN WHINES

0:51:250:51:28

-I thought it would never happen.

-What?

0:51:340:51:37

I'd see you smile.

0:51:370:51:38

The nurse is a very good looking girl.

0:51:400:51:43

I've got a hole in my head, but I'm not blind.

0:51:470:51:50

Take her to the Metropole.

0:51:520:51:54

Good food, romantic atmosphere,

0:51:540:51:58

nice rooms.

0:51:580:52:00

Don't tell me you're afraid to ask her out?

0:52:000:52:04

Shall I ask for you?

0:52:040:52:05

What are you trying to do, get me married?

0:52:050:52:08

Why not?

0:52:110:52:12

What are you writing?

0:52:190:52:22

A book...about flying.

0:52:220:52:27

What are you reading? I never see you without a book.

0:52:270:52:30

Right now?

0:52:300:52:33

Oscar Wilde.

0:52:330:52:34

Have you ever read Wilde?

0:52:340:52:37

No. I can't see any British literature in there.

0:52:410:52:45

Hmm.

0:52:480:52:50

Try this.

0:52:510:52:52

There must be Shakespeare in there somewhere.

0:52:550:52:59

My father read his plays to us. Lear, Comedy of Errors.

0:52:590:53:03

You might find a couple of songs too, and a lot of playing billiards.

0:53:030:53:10

Hunting, flying, riding...

0:53:100:53:13

Ahem! ..and flirting.

0:53:130:53:15

A hole in the head makes reading someone's mind pretty easy, Baron.

0:53:210:53:24

So...just ask.

0:53:260:53:31

-Would you...?

-HE CLEARS HIS THROAT

0:53:370:53:40

Would you join me for dinner?

0:53:400:53:43

Yes.

0:53:430:53:46

WALTZ MUSIC PLAYS

0:53:460:53:50

So?

0:54:010:54:03

Different from what I thought it would be.

0:54:030:54:06

-Different?

-Your writing.

0:54:090:54:12

It's, er...entertaining.

0:54:120:54:15

-You thought it'd be blunt, boring and deadly serious?

-No.

0:54:150:54:21

But you write about war.

0:54:210:54:23

-I thought I would find at least some patriotism.

-Patriotism?

0:54:230:54:27

Hmm.

0:54:270:54:29

"The virtue of the vicious."

0:54:290:54:33

-You did read Wilde.

-Even a little Dante.

0:54:350:54:38

It's helpful right now.

0:54:400:54:43

To know a little about infernos, isn't it?

0:54:430:54:45

-Dance with me.

-No.

0:54:490:54:53

Better not, no. I am an infernally miserable dancer.

0:54:530:54:57

Imagine you are flying.

0:54:570:54:59

Great.

0:55:140:55:16

To have a hole in my head.

0:55:180:55:20

Without it, I wouldn't be sitting here next to you, would I?

0:55:220:55:25

Menzke?

0:55:340:55:36

Can you turn the car around?

0:55:360:55:38

MEN COUGHING

0:55:450:55:48

There are so many hospitals now, they have to give them numbers.

0:56:000:56:04

This is Number 76.

0:56:040:56:06

It has 500 patients.

0:56:080:56:10

Most of these men will die.

0:56:100:56:12

Those that don't will never walk again, see again,

0:56:120:56:15

taste again, love again.

0:56:150:56:18

No, it's not great to have a hole in your head.

0:56:180:56:22

You are lucky to be still alive.

0:56:220:56:26

Being born of nobility, you have advantages these men here do not.

0:56:260:56:30

They don't have choices.

0:56:300:56:33

It's not a game.

0:56:330:56:36

This is the lowest we will ever get.

0:56:380:56:40

It never gets darker.

0:56:420:56:44

KNOCK ON DOOR

0:57:070:57:09

KNOCKING CONTINUES

0:57:140:57:17

Come in.

0:57:220:57:25

Can you give me something for my head?

0:57:410:57:45

SHE LAUGHS

0:58:470:58:48

AIRCRAFT APPROACHES

0:58:480:58:51

Go to the cellar, now.

0:59:020:59:04

They fly at night?

0:59:060:59:08

Get yourself a gas mask.

0:59:120:59:14

Do you fly at night?

0:59:140:59:16

No, we don't.

0:59:170:59:20

MAN OUTSIDE: Those British bombers... >

0:59:200:59:22

-Lights out.

-Everybody turn off the lights!

-Give it to me.

0:59:320:59:35

It's OCA, sir.

0:59:350:59:37

This is one chance! Turn off all the lights!

0:59:370:59:41

-Night bombers!

-Order, Captain! Four already passing. Four more coming.

0:59:410:59:45

Just eight in all, it could be worse, sir.

0:59:450:59:48

It's not as if they just happened to fly past, Doring.

0:59:480:59:51

They know about this field and there will be more than eight, lots more.

0:59:520:59:56

GUNFIRE

1:00:011:00:03

A HORSE WHINNIES

1:00:121:00:15

-Good morning.

-Good morning.

-Morning, sir.

1:00:231:00:26

-Wolff, are you all right?

-Can't find my cap.

1:00:261:00:29

All machine gun posts are manned. There's nothing more we can do to protect the planes on the ground.

1:00:291:00:33

Menzke, get my gear! Ready my plane.

1:00:331:00:37

You're injured!

1:00:371:00:39

-You can not fly...

-I'm not going to be a sitting duck. I've got wings.

1:00:391:00:43

MEN YELL >

1:01:191:01:21

Agh!

1:02:101:02:12

Oh-ah-argh!

1:02:181:02:21

HE GRUNTS IN PAIN

1:02:381:02:41

You flew right in between them, are you out of your mind?

1:02:421:02:45

Take me to her.

1:02:451:02:47

You have to lie still.

1:02:541:02:58

Go and find her. I just need to know she's not hurt.

1:02:581:03:01

DOG BARKS

1:03:031:03:05

You look splendid.

1:03:181:03:20

I know you are angry with me.

1:03:261:03:29

I've been ordered back to the hospital.

1:03:521:03:54

I know.

1:03:561:03:57

I'm sorry about Kurt Wolff.

1:04:041:04:06

He was a charming young man.

1:04:081:04:11

He forgot his night cap, you know.

1:04:111:04:13

His lucky night cap.

1:04:131:04:15

Baron.

1:04:181:04:19

-Yes?

-Take me to dinner again, will you, some time?

1:04:211:04:25

And promise to always wear this lucky jacket of yours.

1:04:251:04:28

GUNFIRE AND EXPLOSIONS IN THE DISTANCE

1:04:481:04:54

We're not late, are we?

1:04:591:05:01

No, we're not.

1:05:011:05:03

HEELS CLICK

1:05:111:05:14

-The lavatory?

-Down the stairs to the right, sir.

1:05:181:05:21

Back in a minute.

1:05:211:05:22

-<

-Attention!

-HEELS CLICK

1:05:421:05:44

-Everything goes according to plan.

-Yes.

-I'm very satisfied.

-Yes.

1:05:451:05:49

Ah.

1:05:491:05:51

Our famous flying ace visiting our frontlines!

1:05:531:05:56

Thank you for answering my invitation.

1:05:571:06:01

Quite a glorious sight from down here, isn't it, Richthofen?

1:06:011:06:05

Your Majesty.

1:06:071:06:08

-Your Majesty!

-Aha. The little brother.

1:06:101:06:14

You look indisposed, my dear baron.

1:06:161:06:20

Yes, Your Majesty. I'm fine.

1:06:201:06:24

I always am.

1:06:241:06:27

Sometimes even irritably so.

1:06:271:06:29

How can you be "irritably fine"?

1:06:311:06:35

It happens out here.

1:06:351:06:36

We kill a couple of men.

1:06:381:06:40

And while they fall down in flames, we feel just fine.

1:06:401:06:44

I find this irritating.

1:06:441:06:45

My soldiers do not kill people.

1:06:541:06:59

They simply destroy the enemy.

1:07:001:07:03

Well...the effect seems to be the same.

1:07:031:07:07

We've run out of fuel.

1:07:121:07:15

We've run out of ammunition.

1:07:151:07:17

We've run out of planes.

1:07:171:07:19

And we've run out of pilots.

1:07:211:07:23

We've run out of lives.

1:07:251:07:28

So, don't waste yours.

1:07:281:07:31

Never put yourself in all-or-nothing situations.

1:07:311:07:35

Stay out of fights you cannot win.

1:07:351:07:37

Watch out for the winds, they tend to carry you over the lines.

1:07:371:07:41

Cut your losses and take your lives into your own hands and keep them.

1:07:411:07:46

Please let us not lose more of our friends.

1:07:471:07:51

HEELS CLICK

1:07:561:07:58

-Yes, Menzke?

-You have a visitor, sir.

1:07:581:08:01

I thought you might want to celebrate.

1:08:081:08:10

HE CLEARS HIS THROAT

1:08:151:08:18

They published your book!

1:08:181:08:19

The whole of Europe is reading it.

1:08:241:08:26

So...how about dinner?

1:08:261:08:29

Maybe a dance?

1:08:301:08:33

-They shut down the Metropole.

-Yes, I know.

1:08:331:08:36

A British bomb hit the kitchen.

1:08:361:08:38

DOG BARKS

1:08:431:08:45

They don't want me to fly any more.

1:08:491:08:51

They're doing everything they can to nail me safely to the ground.

1:08:531:08:58

Really?

1:08:581:09:00

They want me to command the entire Air Force. The Emperor himself.

1:09:041:09:09

That's so wonderful.

1:09:101:09:12

So many times I woke up in the middle of the night

1:09:121:09:16

and read the lists of missing pilots.

1:09:161:09:18

It is so good to have you down here.

1:09:241:09:26

It's safe.

1:09:261:09:28

SAWING >

1:09:561:09:59

-Evening, men.

-Sir.

-Bloody freezing, isn't it?

1:09:591:10:02

Too true, sir.

1:10:021:10:03

A brand-new Bentley.

1:10:091:10:11

Where did you get it? Bentleys don't fall out of the skies.

1:10:111:10:16

Trust me, I had to argue a little bit with the chap.

1:10:161:10:19

You always wanted to be first of the aces.

1:10:261:10:29

-Now they offer it to you and you hesitate.

-Yes.

1:10:291:10:33

I always wanted to be like him.

1:10:341:10:36

Werner?

1:10:391:10:41

Could you ever give up flying?

1:10:441:10:46

I don't think so.

1:10:481:10:49

But if you ask my advice, you should grab your chance.

1:10:511:10:56

You only want me to stop, so you can be first.

1:10:561:10:59

How did you find out?

1:10:591:11:01

All right. All right.

1:11:031:11:06

I'll stop...

1:11:061:11:07

if you'll stop first.

1:11:071:11:10

I don't think so. I'm married to my plane.

1:11:111:11:14

This is how I spend my spare time.

1:11:141:11:17

These are fine planes you're building us, Fokker. The best.

1:11:271:11:31

Yes, thank you.

1:11:311:11:32

And yet, somehow, our own pilots seem to think they can do better.

1:11:321:11:37

Oh, well...we sometimes modify the planes a little,

1:11:371:11:42

-here and there.

-Modification is one thing,

1:11:421:11:45

-but replacing our engines with those from enemy planes...

-How did you hear of this?

1:11:451:11:49

Early this morning, we received a report of the recovery of a new triplane.

1:11:491:11:55

Well, the Brits were less than amused to find

1:11:551:11:58

one of their own Bentley engines in a Fokker they shot down.

1:11:581:12:03

-I need to see it.

-Of course.

-I need to see it at once.

1:12:061:12:09

Get me the damn report, now!

1:12:091:12:13

Just three more weeks, Manfred.

1:12:411:12:43

I already have my marching orders. I'm going to join your combat wing.

1:12:431:12:47

What's become of him?

1:12:501:12:52

Fallen in combat.

1:12:521:12:54

-And him? His name's Voss, right?

-HE GRABS THE PHOTOS

1:12:581:13:01

They're all dead.

1:13:051:13:08

I will fight with you and Lothar.

1:13:131:13:16

I will make offensives in full preparation. They call it Operation Michael.

1:13:161:13:21

-We will win this war, won't we?

-Wolfram, please.

1:13:211:13:24

-It's all right, Father.

-Of course we'll win.

1:13:241:13:26

The Allies don't have a clue about what's coming at them.

1:13:261:13:30

-This offensive is going to push them back into the Channel.

->

1:13:331:13:37

BOMBS WHISTLE, GUNFIRE RATTLES

1:13:431:13:48

Sir!

1:13:481:13:50

Morning, sir!

1:13:501:13:51

Please, follow us, sir!

1:13:571:14:00

BOMB WHISTLES NEARBY

1:14:091:14:11

Down!

1:14:111:14:13

CRIES OF PAIN ABOVE, MAN SHOUTS

1:14:141:14:19

GUNFIRE RICOCHETS

1:14:191:14:21

-Go, go, go!

-EXPLOSIONS CONTINUE

1:14:211:14:24

Fire!

1:14:271:14:29

Reload!

1:14:291:14:30

What an unexpected surprise!

1:14:391:14:41

You came to visit another British defeat, Captain?

1:14:421:14:45

EXPLOSION OUTSIDE, MAN CRIES IN PAIN

1:14:451:14:48

Lieutenant, go and see if you can find somebody with a camera.

1:14:481:14:51

It is excellent propaganda and makes a very good picture.

1:14:511:14:55

To have our flying ace down here with us on this victorious day.

1:14:551:15:00

Your Excellency, we need to talk.

1:15:001:15:03

You don't want me down here.

1:15:071:15:09

If you give me the power to make strategic decisions, you will not like them.

1:15:091:15:14

Why wouldn't we?

1:15:161:15:19

We very much trust your abilities, Baron.

1:15:191:15:21

I'd suggest we surrender.

1:15:211:15:23

Hah! What arrogance! What a bumptious child you are!

1:15:231:15:28

I was victor in 63 aerial battles.

1:15:281:15:32

You know how I did it?

1:15:321:15:35

When I faced a battle I couldn't win, I flew away.

1:15:351:15:39

What makes you think we cannot win this war, Baron?

1:15:391:15:43

What about our boys? Our holy course?

1:15:431:15:46

French.

1:15:471:15:49

Great cigarettes.

1:15:491:15:52

What makes us think our course is better than the French

1:15:541:15:59

or the British or the American?

1:15:591:16:02

It isn't.

1:16:021:16:04

It's not even different from theirs.

1:16:061:16:09

We just need an excuse for what we do, because, without it,

1:16:091:16:12

we would see who we really are.

1:16:121:16:14

Put this fool back into his aeroplane...

1:16:201:16:23

..and give him a parachute!

1:16:241:16:27

I can't afford to lose another idealistic hero.

1:16:271:16:30

-What the hell are you doing?

-Sorry for having bothered you, sir.

1:16:411:16:45

What are you doing with my brother's picture?

1:16:451:16:48

He ordered me to take them down.

1:16:481:16:51

All of them. Sir.

1:16:511:16:55

'Operation Michael.'

1:16:571:16:58

Our ground forces attack on both sides at St Quentin, from here and from here.

1:16:581:17:03

That's a 70 kilometre battle line.

1:17:031:17:06

Right. Our task is to gain control of the entire airspace and keep it, my friends.

1:17:061:17:11

Shouldn't be a problem, should it, Bodenschatz?

1:17:111:17:15

Our planes are outnumbered four to one, Udet.

1:17:151:17:17

We've lived with that for months, haven't we?

1:17:171:17:21

It'll be worse than ever.

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MAN COUGHING

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A SOLDIER SAYS THE LORD'S PRAYER

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Quickly!

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MAN SHOUTING

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May God be with us.

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Gentlemen!

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Let's go!

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-Contact!

-Contact!

-ENGINES START

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-Contact!

-Contact!

-Contact!

-ENGINES START

1:20:041:20:08

SOLDIERS SHOUT

1:20:161:20:19

EXPLOSIONS IN THE DISTANCE

1:20:301:20:33

AIRCRAFT ENGINE BUZZES

1:20:371:20:40

RATTLE OF GUNFIRE

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GUNFIRE

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RATTLE OF GUNFIRE

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CRIES OF PAIN ON THE GROUND

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CRIES OF PAIN FILL THE TENT

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He's really back, isn't he?

1:23:361:23:39

His flying circus has swept the British from the skies!

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I saw him fly past,

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waving at us.

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-HEELS CLICK

-Sir.

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Gentlemen!

1:24:111:24:12

High Command of the northern sector thanks us for our accomplishments.

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I want to add my thanks.

1:24:181:24:21

You showed me some splendid flying. Thank you.

1:24:211:24:25

-Bravo!

-Thank you, sir.

-Hear, hear!

1:24:251:24:28

LAUGHTER

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LAUGHTER CONTINUES

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GALLOPING HOOVES

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Is it one of yours?

1:25:221:25:24

I can't tell any more.

1:25:261:25:28

You're flying again, aren't you?

1:25:281:25:30

Why didn't you tell me? Why did you lie to me again?

1:25:331:25:37

HORSE WHINNIES

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I didn't want to scare you. I wanted you to be happy.

1:25:581:26:02

Kate, I just cannot do what they ask of me.

1:26:021:26:05

They offered you safety.

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Your life.

1:26:071:26:08

When I was a little boy,

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I could hit all the targets with my father's rifle.

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Targets so far away the others couldn't even see them.

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I dreamt of seeing everything, dreamt of being like a bird.

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Hawk's eyes.

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Eagle's Eye, I was called.

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When I became a pilot...

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I truly thought I'd see everything from up there.

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I saw nothing.

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I was blind before I met you.

1:26:441:26:47

You opened my eyes. You taught me to see what I didn't want to see.

1:26:481:26:53

We all chose to fly.

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Voss, Sternberg, Lehmann, Wolff, Hawker.

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On whatever side we fought, we all knew the risks we took.

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I wanted to be the best. I wanted to win, and I thought I'd won.

1:27:101:27:15

But I can see now, Kate. I see that we've turned the world into a damned slaughterhouse.

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And I'm already too big a part of it.

1:27:201:27:22

They use my photograph to give hope where there is none.

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They use my name to feign immortality

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whereas the reality is annihilation.

1:27:301:27:33

You said it yourself.

1:27:341:27:35

The men dying out there have no choice. I have.

1:27:351:27:38

I cannot order them into battle.

1:27:381:27:42

I can perhaps lead them, help them, die with them.

1:27:421:27:45

But I will not betray them nor keep the truth from them

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by remaining the immortal god Berlin wants me to be.

1:27:481:27:51

You are my greatest victory.

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Sir?

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Excuse me, sir.

1:28:231:28:25

Sir.

1:28:251:28:27

Sir, British aeroplanes are approaching the front, sir.

1:28:301:28:34

-Thank you.

-Sir.

1:28:341:28:37

Yes, thank you.

1:28:561:28:57

They were last reported at Lagnicourt.

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So...they're coming in from the north west.

1:29:081:29:11

Thank you.

1:29:121:29:14

Brother, you don't mind if I lead Number 11 and you fly on my right?

1:29:141:29:18

-Be my guest.

-Wolfram?

1:29:181:29:21

Stay clear of any involvement. Keep close to Lothar.

1:29:221:29:26

If you're attacked, break off and fly home fast.

1:29:261:29:30

It's a thin line between cowardice and cleverness.

1:29:301:29:33

A great day to fly.

1:29:491:29:51

You're a brave man, Baron.

1:29:541:29:57

A very brave man.

1:30:021:30:04

Thank you.

1:30:401:30:42

-If it gets bad, fly back.

-Sir.

-All right?

-Sir.

1:30:541:30:58

< Contact! ENGINE ROARS

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OTHER ENGINES START

1:31:301:31:34

Contact! ENGINE STARTS >

1:31:451:31:48

Contact! ENGINE STARTS >

1:31:591:32:02

ENGINE ROARS AS AIRCRAFT CLIMBS

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Thank you. DOG BARKS

1:32:421:32:45

Miss.

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I could not come sooner.

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It is not so easy to cross the lines into British territory.

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Finally, a friend of ours helped me.

1:33:351:33:37

He asked me why it was important for me to come here.

1:33:411:33:44

I told him, I love you.

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Did I ever tell you?

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World War One. Dashing flying ace Manfred von Richthofen proves a propaganda success above the Western Front, famed as The Red Baron. However, over time the brutal realities of war and command bring him down to earth.


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