War, Romance, 1958; 93 minutes USA
Corny and melodramatic story about an American boy (Hunter) who runs away to France and joins the Foreign Legion.
Mr. Showbiz Movie Guide gives it a rating of 31/100.
VideoFlicks at http://www.videoflicks.com/VF/45/045265.Htm gives a nicer synopsis of the Lafayette Escadrille movie: A GROUP OF ACE PILOTS FLYING FOR FRANCE IN THE EARLY YEARS OF WORLD WAR I ENCOUNTER ROMANCE AS WELL AS WAR. Videoflicks is asking $11.99 for the movie.
REEL CITY at http://www.reel.com/Content/moviepage.asp?mmid=9911 makes it sound like a different movie with this:
Plot Summary: The famous French flying legion, manned by American volunteers, fights in the skies over Europe during WWII. Their leader romances a prostitute with a heart of gold.
They want $12.99 for the video.
And finally (for the movie) one of those on the Nieuportbuilder's List did purchase the video and reviewed it for Amazon.com. Here is his review:
From: Norm Labhart <email@example.com> To: Nieuportbuilders.
Hi, Squadron, I found a video tape from Amazon.com called Lafayette Escadrille. Only 12 bucks, so I bought it. I just reviewed it for Amazon. Here is what I submitted from Kentucky, USA, August 27, 1998:
American Movie Classic type movie, not an airplane movie. This video was interesting in a couple of areas. It has early appearances from Clint Eastwood, Tom Laughlin (Billy Jack) and David Janssen. Some of the early training flights are interesting in their realism. But it is not a movie for airplane buffs. Or WW1 historians. Or war movie fans. It is a love story based on a young American boy, who makes some mistakes, fights with his father, and runs off to join the war. While there, he falls in love, makes more mistakes, grows up, repents, etc.... everyone lives happily ever after. American Movie Classic buffs will enjoy it (once). Airplane buffs will hate it (wrong airplanes). WW 1 buffs will hate it (no history here, except opening credits). War movie buffs will hate it (they call that a battle scene?) Two stars is all I can give.
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