Hell's Angels

Hell's Angels

DVD - 2011
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Three Oxford buddies fight on opposite sides during World War I. Each is torn between obedience to his country and that of his conscience. The most expensive movie of its time, the film features extensive aerial photography of a dogfight between R.A.F and German fighter planes.
Publisher: Bounty Entertainment [distributor], [Australia] : [2011]
Branch Call Number: DVD HELL
Characteristics: 1 DVD (circa 131 min.) : sound, black and white ; 12 cm
Alternative Title: Howard Hughes' Hell's angels

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Dave99_0
Apr 04, 2017

The flying scenes are spectacular: the zeppelin attack at night, the bombing of the munitions depot, and the huge dogfight. However, I think that today's viewers would find watching the rest of the film to be tiresome. For those who are interested in the history of filmmaking, I would rate "Hell's Angels" at 3.0 stars.

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AnnihilatorX
Nov 16, 2015

this movie was made back when movie cameras were like the computers are today even before color film and color cameras. I went to graumans Chinese theatre back in 1974-75
back when Hollywood was still cool! I love the old Hollywood era and its movie industry pioneers, George lucas , Howard Hughes , Mary Pickford, Jean Peters , Betty Davis on and on like cecil b demille, , those days are gone! But their great work is their mark in history that cant be erased. thanks for the great shows. im outta here! rock on. If you like this then check out Howard Hughes "JET PILOT" movie with john Wayne its got some awesome aireal jet stunts on camera up in the clouds, way cool that man has progressed to that kind of control of his environment other than throwing rocks and living in caves. oh I forgot to mention Jean Harlow. Awesome.

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COURIER3
Sep 14, 2015

NOT WHAT I EXPECTED. 137 PILOTS HIRED FOR THIS FILM.
INTERESTING DOG FIGHT SCENES. HOW CAN A BRITISH FIGHTER PILOT FLY A CAPTURED GERMAN BOMBER WITH OUT A TEST FLIGHT? PILOTS BEHAVIOR ON THE GROUND WAS SHOCKING.
APPRECIATED THE COMMENTS BY OTHER VIEWERS.

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akirakato
Jun 11, 2015

This is a 1930 American war drama directed and produced by Howard Hughes.
The dogfight scenes are gripping, breath-taking and thrilling to hell.
Pioneering aerial cinematographer Elmer Dyer captured many of the aerial scenes with Paul Mantz, who as the principal stunt pilot led the team of actual World War I pilots hired by Hughes.
Mantz considered the final scene, in which an aircraft had to make a steep pullout after a strafing mission, too dangerous, and reported that his pilots would not be able to do the maneuver safely.
Hughes, however, piloted the aircraft himself.
As Mantz had predicted, Hughes failed to pull out, crashed and was seriously injured with a skull fracture.
He spent the next few days recuperating in the hospital, where he underwent facial surgery.
Three other aviators and a mechanic were not as fortunate, having been killed during the film's production.
Pilot Al Johnson crashed after hitting wires while landing at Caddo Field, near Van Nuys, California, where most of the location filming took place.
Pilot C. K. Phillips crashed while delivering an S.E.5 fighter to the Oakland shooting location.
Rupert Syme Macalister, an Australian pilot, was also killed, and mechanic Phil Jones died during production after he failed to bail out before the crash of a German Gotha bomber, piloted by Al Wilson.
Except for the dogfight scenes, the acting is poor and the story is NOT believable.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jun 07, 2015

Back in 1930, multi-millionaire, Howard Hughes (25 at the time) may have been the richest kid on the block, but, regardless of that, when it came to competently directing a Hollywood, adventure movie he was sure clueless, as was clearly evident here with Hell's Angels.

Even for a film from that particular era of early movie-making, Hell's Angels was still noticeably mediocre and below-par in so many ways.

With this film's budget being $4 million (making it the most expensive picture of its time), I have to tell you that I honestly couldn't see (by the final product) where all of this money was spent.

From my point of view - The one and only reason for watching Hell's Angels was for its fairly impressive aerial dogfight sequences (which, unfortunately, happened so few and far between throughout the story).

Without these action scenes, this film would've been a real forgettable, nothing picture. And, believe me, at 2 hours and 11 minutes, Hell's Angels was already running on empty, anyway, right from the very start.

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JakeMcG
Oct 17, 2014

I haven't seen this film yet, but according to the book "Empire" the movie was taking so long to edit as a silent movie, the 'talkies' were launched. Hughes then retro-fit the movie with a sound track. That then delayed the release for 2 more years. Three men died in the making of this movie. Hughes insisted on clouds in the ariel scenes. Can't wait to see it.

ChrisBurr Jul 18, 2014

Dated, but an entertaining film. The characters are enjoyable. The aerial fight with the biplanes was very good, but it was hard to tell who was who at times. Seemed to be a transition film between the silent films and the 'talkies'. Worthwhile for people who enjoy old films.

Overall this was a pretty decent film.
I find myself intrigued by older,
or should I say "classic" films these days.I found it quite pecuilar how the fire in the airship was in color, despite the fact all other artillary fire as well as explosions were in black & white (like the whole film was)
Three 21 gun salutes out of Five

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