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Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies (1973)

PG | | Drama | 1 April 1973 (USA)
Story of a 1920s stunt flyer and the son he takes on the road with him.

Director:

(as Bill Sampson)

Writers:

(screenplay) (as Chips Rosen), (story)
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Cast

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Rodger Walford
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Shelby
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Hannah
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Allison
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Sister Lite
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Rachel
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Mr. Parsons
Patricia Smith ...
Mrs. Wilma Walford
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Jake
Robert Hamm ...
Dumb Dickie
Herb Gatlin ...
Frank Savage
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Brother Watson
Ariana Chase ...
Betty Jo (as Ariane Munker)
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Laura
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Story of a 1920s stunt flyer and the son he takes on the road with him.

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The story of Ace Eli... when planes were young and the world was innocent... except for Ace's son Rodger... Rodger of the Skies.

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Drama

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1 April 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los ases del cielo  »

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| (FMC Library Print)

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Steven Spielberg created the original story for this film, intending it to be his feature directorial debut. When 20th Century Fox executives assigned the film to another director, Spielberg was so incensed, he swore he would never make a film for Fox. He kept that promise until he directed Minority Report (2002), a co-production between Fox and his DreamWorks. See more »

Quotes

Rodger Walford: Essentially, it all comes down to this: flying an aeroplane is like loving a woman.
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Connections

Referenced in Deadpool (2016) See more »

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Who's For Complainin'?
Written and Performed by Jim Grady
Produced by John Madara
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Disturbing
17 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie looooks glossy and has nice title, oh yeah. Hey! It was even written by Steven Spielberg no less. But unfortunately it just doesn't deliver as either a family movie, nostalgic social commentary of 1930's or anything else for that matter. When I first saw it on cable as a teenager several years ago it kind of disturbed me. The themes that run through are kind of dark. Granted it does take place in the Great Depression, but there are better movies set in the Depression era (like Seabiscuit). This movie follows the aimless wanderings of a depression era pilot Ace Eli and his bratty kid Rodger. Along the way Eli instructs Rodger about flying, women, and life in general. I especially got a kick out of the cheesy dialogue about "what makes a real whore"...hehehe...as the comparisons between Shelby and Annette become strikingly clear as the movie progresses...Overall a time waster unless you like weird pointless movies set in the Great Depression 4 out 10


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