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The Hunters (1958)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | September 1958 (USA)
In 1952, as the Korean War rages on, American officers land in Kyoto. Among them are Major Ceve Saville, assigned to a fighter squadron, and Lieutenant Carl Abbott. The latter neglects his ... See full summary »

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In 1952, as the Korean War rages on, American officers land in Kyoto. Among them are Major Ceve Saville, assigned to a fighter squadron, and Lieutenant Carl Abbott. The latter neglects his charming wife Kristina, who is sinking into bitterness. In Korea, Saville meets again Colonel Dutch Imil, a former brother in arms as well as other friends. Back in Japan Saville falls in love with forsaken Kristina, which arouses Abbott's jealousy. The two men turn into implacable rivals. But during a mission against Chinese Migs, Abbott is hurt and Saville decides to rescue him... Written by Guy Bellinger

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In a confrontation with Abbot, Savile says "What's it like in that private little hell you've got for yourself?", to which Abbot replies "Exclusive. Ain't nobody in here but us little old chickens". Abbot's line is a reference to the song, "Ain't nobody here but us chickens", written by Alex Kramer and Joan Whitney, record by 'Louis Jordan' in 1946. See more »

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When Cleaver sits down outside the mission building and falls asleep, the barrel of his gun is resting against the rock. When the Koreans find him later the gun is higher on the rock with the magazine clip placed down on the rock. See more »

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Major Cleve Saville: You don't tinker with a man's fear. He does that for himself.
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Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #9.22 (1959) See more »

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Good air-combat scenes that still hold the attention of the audience, Mitchum and Wagner shine, also.
19 September 2004 | by (Front Royal, VA) – See all my reviews

"The Hunters", released in 1958, showed the so-called forgotten air war from the Korean War. Robert Mitchum portrays an aging air pilot from WWII who manages to find one more war to find some success in. He lands command of an air squadron led by Richard Egan, who was his leader during WWII. Mitchum puts together a wing squadron and starts out on hunting missions. His squadron consists of a nice guy, a loud-mouth guy, and a lush whose wife Mitchum falls for. However, the squadron does come together, and manages to down quite a few enemy planes, including a Korean ace nicknamed K C Jones.

The film focuses on electrifying flight sequences that hold the attention of the viewing audience, and the cast delivers performances that do carry the story. This film has been finally released in DVD by 20th Century Fox, and I have replaced my taped VHS version with the DVD. It's very watchable, and the flying sequences still hold their own. 7/10, but a strong entry in this genre.


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