Great Waldo Pepper

The Great Waldo Pepper

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Director: George Roy Hill

Cast: George Roy Hill, Robert Redford, Bo Svenson, Bo Brundin

     
 

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George Roy Hill's aviation adventure The Great Waldo Pepper comes to DVD with a standard full-frame 1.33:1 image that fails to reproduce the original theatrical aspect ratio. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible. The sparse extra features include production notes. This disc is…  See more details below

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George Roy Hill's aviation adventure The Great Waldo Pepper comes to DVD with a standard full-frame 1.33:1 image that fails to reproduce the original theatrical aspect ratio. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible. The sparse extra features include production notes. This disc is nothing more than a by-the-numbers release that will satisfy (somewhat) fans of the film and can be ignored by most everyone else.

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All Movie Guide
The last in a string of period films directed by George Roy Hill, The Great Waldo Pepper is a high-flying adventure-drama set in the days after World War I. Many expected the film to be the third consecutive blockbuster for Hill and lead Robert Redford -- following their successes Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting -- but Pepper failed to find much of an audience, perhaps because it was released the same summer as Jaws. Nevertheless, the film features some wonderful aerial barnstorming sequences, reminiscent of the airborne dramas of Howard Hughes or Howard Hawks. Shot on location in Texas by the great Robert Surtees, Pepper is perhaps most successful at capturing the feel of 1920s rural America. The script by Butch Cassidy writer William Goldman has some trouble juggling all the humor, adventure, and drama, but it doesn't detract from the film's overall impact. With his subsequent scripts for Marathon Man and All the President's Men, Goldman became one of the most highly regarded screenwriters of the decade.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/14/1998
UPC:
0018713810151
Original Release:
1975
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:48:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Redford Waldo Pepper
Bo Svenson Axel Olsson
Bo Brundin Ernst Kessler
Susan Sarandon Mary Beth
Geoffrey Lewis Newt
Edward Herrmann Ezra Stiles
Roderick Cook Director Werfel
Kelly Jean Peters Patsy
Margot Kidder Maude
Scott Newman Duke
Lawrence Casey German Star
Gregory Martin Assistant Director
Philip Bruns Dillhoefer
James Harrell Farmer
John A. Zee Director Western Set
Jack Manning Director Spanish Set
Joe Billings Policeman
John Reilly Western Star

Technical Credits
George Roy Hill Director,Original Story,Producer
James S. Appleby Stunts
Wayne Berg Stunts
Peter Berkos Editor
Henry Bumstead Art Director
Robert L. Crawford Producer
Howard Curtis Stunts
Mike Dewey Stunts
William Goldman Screenwriter
Ray Gosnell Asst. Director
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
John Kazian Stunts
Gary D. Liddiard Makeup
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Thomas Mooney Stunts
James W. Payne Set Decoration/Design
Ronald Pierce Sound/Sound Designer
Frank Price Stunts
William H. Reynolds Editor
Audrey Saunders Stunts
Art Scholl Stunts
Robert Surtees Cinematographer
Frank Tallman Stunts
Ralph Wiggins Stunts

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Index
1. A Free Ride [7:44]
2. The Second Best Flyer in the World [4:05]
3. The Stunt King [6:04]
4. It Should Have Been Me [4:48]
5. Dillhoefer's Flying Circus [5:08]
6. A Great Stunt [4:41]
7. Guess Who's Home? [6:50]
8. Wing Walking [14:52]
9. Highways in the Sky [4:45]
10. The Stiles Sky Streak [9:05]
11. Premanently Grounded [3:03]
12. Roll 'Em! [4:19]
13. Let's Us Do It [3:17]
16. Eagles Over France [2:26]
14. The Famous George Brown [5:51]
15. The Black Knight [5:36]
17. A Stupendous Character [2:24]
18. The Dogfight [12:45]

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The Great Waldo Pepper 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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This is a classic! Many great aerial scenes. My personal favorite is when Waldo ''gets even'' with Axel for not leaving Waldo's Nebraska territory. My second favorite is when Waldo ignores Mary Beth's advice to listen to her! The scene of Ezra's demise will almost bring tears to even the most hardened guy's eyes.