Aces High Poster

Release Date: 1976

PG|1 hr 54 min

Plot Summary
Maj. Gresham (Malcolm McDowell) is a flying ace who oversees a group of English pilots during World War I. His latest recruit is Lt. Croft (Peter Firth), who happens to have been only a few years behind Gresham at Eton. Croft idolizes Gresham at first, but the image of his hero is tarnished when he learns of Gresham's private habits, especially his predilection for alcohol. It's only after Croft himself has endured the crucible of war that he comes to fully appreciate his commanding officer.

Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Christopher Plummer, Simon Ward, Peter Firth, Trevor Howard, John Gielgud, David Wood, Richard Johnson

Director: Jack Gold

Genres: War

Keywords: Growing up, Underdog, Transformation


Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1976)