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Hellfighters (1968)

The telling of Chance Buckman an oil rig fire fighter who becomes hospitalized and has to come to grips with how his job interfered with his marriage, after being laid up in a hospital bed ... See full summary »

Director:

Andrew V. McLaglen

Writer:

Clair Huffaker (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... Chance Buckman
Katharine Ross ... Tish Buckman
Jim Hutton ... Greg Parker
Vera Miles ... Madelyn Buckman
Jay C. Flippen ... Jack Lomax
Bruce Cabot ... Joe Horn
Edward Faulkner ... George Harris
Barbara Stuart ... Irene Foster
Edmund Hashim ... Colonel Valdez
Valentin de Vargas ... Amal Bokru (as Valentin De Vargas)
Frances Fong Frances Fong ... Madame Loo
Alberto Morin ... General Lopez
Alan Caillou ... Harry York
Laraine Stephens ... Helen Meadows
John Alderson John Alderson ... Jim Hatch
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Storyline

The telling of Chance Buckman an oil rig fire fighter who becomes hospitalized and has to come to grips with how his job interfered with his marriage, after being laid up in a hospital bed after an accident with a news man running in front of a bulldozer causing it to swirve into Chance, and forcing him to allow veteran oil fire fighter Greg, a cocky but knowledgeable Greg becoming his son in law and he has to learn tolerance for not being able to control his daughter wanting to visit oil fires and learn how to rekindle the spark that went out with his ex of more than 25 years and the fear of losing her daughter as well as her husband to the oil fighting. Written by Jared Johnson

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JOHN WAYNE - The Toughest Hellfighter of All! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

A burning oil well prompted the owner, present-day billionaire Phillip Anschutz, to call Red Adair, a famous firefighter who later put out the oil well fires during the Gulf War, to put out the blaze. To pay Adair, Anschutz persuaded Universal Studios to pay him $100,000 to film Adair putting out his well fire for "Hellfighters." See more »

Goofs

During the office scenes, looking through the office window, obvious toy cars were used to simulate the highway (that could be seen from outside when the helicopter first landed). See more »

Quotes

Colonel Valdez: My father is finally going to marry my mother! Isn't that great?
Colonel Valdez: [completely nonplussed] That is very nice.
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Crazy Credits

There is a print which has been shown on UK television, an original English language print with English titles, which however includes two frames of opening titles in Italian: the list of technical consultants is headed "Consulenti Tecnici" and the next sheet explaining that the events depicted are based on the real live experiences of those people, is written in Italian. Then the credits revert to English. See more »

Connections

Referenced in MacGyver: Jet Engine + Pickup Truck (2017) See more »

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I love this movie!
18 June 2005 | by bkgmoonstarSee all my reviews

My ex-husband was a huge John Wayne fan and had me watch every JW movie over and over. This was my favorite. The acting and script are not the point of watching this movie. The attitudes, clothes(especially the women's), and the sets are Soooo Sixties. My favorite thing is the "window" in the office. If you look closely you can see it isn't a window at all, it is a miniature of a highway(like a miniature railroad), but it is supposed to look like the view out the "window". I'm sure that was state-of-the-art in the late 60's. Katherine Ross is fabulous and wears the best clothes. Jim Hutton is quite handsome. John Wayne acts like....John Wayne. If you're a JW fan you'll recognize most of the cast. Great fun!!!!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

27 November 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hellfighters See more »

Filming Locations:

Conroe, Texas, USA See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 70 mm 6-Track (Australia)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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