The Great Waldo Pepper 1975 ***

With a script by William Goldman and direction from George Roy Hill (The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), The Great Waldo Pepper was expected to be a huge hit; even if audiences found the downbeat twists hard to take, there’s plenty to enjoy in this Robert Redford vehicle about barnstorming flying aces in 1920’s Nebraska. Waldo Pepper (Redford) is a WWI flyer who uses his skills for showman-like performances, but the dangerous antics take their toll on him and his associates. Notable appearances from Margot Kidder and Susan Sarandon are amongst the attractions, but star, writer and director are all perfectly in sync in the excellent period adventure.


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