Movies Aces High (1976, Malcolm McDowell, Christopher Plummer) Published 6 months ago on November 21, 2018 With the permission of the playwright, Howard Barker vividly adapted R C Sherriff’s celebrated 1929 World War One play Journey’s End for the screen, making the protagonists Royal Flying Corps pilots and setting the action in the air as well as on the ground . In 1917, PETER FIRTH, newly commissioned in the Royal Flying Corps, is posted to the squadron in France commanded by MALCOLM McDOWELL. There Firth finds McDowell, whom he had hero-worshipped when he was his house captain at school, is now drinking heavily, his nerves shot to pieces, and concerned that Firth might tell his sister JANE ANTHONY, whom he loves, what is happening. Firth, guided by McDowell’s avuncular second-in-command CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER, rapidly comes to understand the appalling pressure under which McDowell operates and retains his hero-worship, especially after McDowell saves his life during his first flight. Firth is chosen to pilot Plummer on a reconnaissance mission during which Plummer is killed after taking the requisite photographs and is appalled that a planned celebration in the mess still goes ahead. Later Firth realizes he is not alone in being upset and joins other pilots on a trip to Rouen where he loses his virginity to PASCALE CHRISTOPHE. On Firth’s seventh day with the squadron, McDowell has to order him to take the place of flier SIMON WARD who has been driven made with fear on a dangerous mission against German observation balloons. Most of the squadron fail to return – and the next day McDowell welcomes three new and very young replacements… production details UK | 114 minutes | 1976 Director: Jack Gold Writer: Howard Barker, from the play Journey’s End by R C Sherriff cast John Gielgud as Headmaster Malcolm McDowell as Maj. John Gresham Christopher Plummer as Capt. ‘Uncle’ Sinclair Simon Ward as Lt. Crawford Peter Firth as Lt. Stephen Croft David Wood as Lt. ‘Tommy’ Thompson Trevor Howard as Lieutenant Colonel Silkin Richard Johnson as Major Lyle Ray Milland as Brigadier General Whale Gilles Béhat as Captain Beckenauer Tim Pigott-Smith as Major Stoppard Christopher Blake as Lieutenant Roberts Penny Irving as French Girl John Serret as French Colonel Barry Jackson as Joyce Paul Rosebury as Replacement ActionChristopher BlakeChristopher PlummerDavid WoodDramaGilles BéhatHoward BarkerJack GoldJohn GielgudMalcolm McDowellPeter FirthRay MillandRichard JohnsonSimon WardTim Pigott-SmithTrevor HowardWar Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes5 hours ago Portals to Hell: Emerald Hill Hell House (S1EP5 Travel Fri 24 May 2019) Emerald Hill Hell House: Jack Osbourne and Katrina Weidman investigate a 19th-century estate in Monongahela, Pa., which is bursting with... Episodes5 hours ago Doom Patrol: Ezekiel Patrol (Season 1 Finale DC Fri 24 May 2019) Ezekiel Patrol: The Doom Patrol go their separate ways in the season finale. Airdate: Friday 24 May 2019 on DC.... Episodes5 hours ago Warrior: They Don’t Pay Us Enough to Think (S1EP8 Cinemax Fri 24 May 2019) They Don’t Pay Us Enough to Think: After a bloodbath on the streets of Chinatown, the Hop Wei and Long... Episodes5 hours ago Whistleblower Season 2 Premieres Fri 24 May 2019 on CBS WHISTLEBLOWER begins its second season on Friday, May 24 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), investigating the real-life David vs. Goliath stories of... Episodes5 hours ago Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Fear and Loathing on the Planet of Kitson(S6EP3 ABC Fri 24 May 2019) Fear and Loathing on the Planet of Kitson: It’s a wild night out on the planet of Kitson for the... search EPISODES Episodes5 hours ago Pitching In Premieres Fri 24 May on Acorn TV In the series opener of Pitching In, recent widower, Frank Hardcastle (Larry Lamb, EastEnders), is struggling to find the energy... Episodes5 hours ago She’s Gotta Have It Season 2 Premieres Fri 24 May on Netflix A seriously sexy comedy and rousing celebration of female empowerment, She’s Gotta Have It Season 2 offers a timely and... Episodes5 hours ago Vida Season 2 Premieres Fri 24 May on Starz Episode 7: The bar prepares to host a fundraiser for Eddy’s hospital expenses while Emma and Lyn learn the truth... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 months ago Roma | Netflix 2018 | Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira In 1970s Mexico City, two domestic workers help a mother of four while her husband is away for an extended... Movies2 months ago War Dogs | 2016 | Jonah Hill, Miles Teller Based on the true story of two young men, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who won a $300 million contract... Movies2 months ago The Kindergarten Teacher | 2018 | Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak Lisa Spinelli is a Staten Island teacher who is unusually devoted to her students. When she discovers one of her... mytvtonight mytvtonight devoted to all things film and tv.