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The Hunters (1958)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | September 1958 (USA)
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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 ... 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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Mightiest thrill-shocked adventure spectacle of the super-sonic age !

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Action | Drama | Romance | War

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Trivia

Saville's decorations are difficult to identify, but he appears to have a Bronze Star (top row, on his left) and an Air Medal (middle row, on his right). See more »

Goofs

On the first combat mission, Lt. Abbott says, "Why don't they come down to us for a change?" You can see that his microphone plug is not plugged into the helmet jack on the left side of the helmet... no-one could possibly hear him. See more »

Quotes

Major Cleve Saville: You any good with that automatic?
Lt. Ed Pell: I'm a killer, man.
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Edited into Not with My Wife, You Don't! (1966) See more »

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Well, what do you know, . . Saville, . . The Ice Man Commeth "
19 November 2008 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Back in the days when Hollywood was looking to emphasize it's virility, they selected a West Point novelist named James Salter. His book, 'The Hunters' was published in 1957, which became a movie in 1958. The book was not given its due share of attention and neither was the movie. Yet it became a high school assignment which mutated into a book report. Although, grudgingly accepted, I hated it before I read the first page. However, as Study hall was boring, I opened the cover and began to read. Surprisingly, not only did I find the novel interesting and exciting, I got an 'A' and low and behold, I found I could scribble well enough to later write my own books. When the movie came out I had to go see it and the three movie stars, Robert Mitchum as Major Cleve Saville, Robert Wagner as Lt. Ed Pell and Richard Egan, (Colonel Dutch Imil) became my favorite actors. The movie is an exceptional story of American pilots flying combat missions during the Korean War. The subject of their peril concerns a Korean Air Ace, nicknamed 'Casey Jones (Leon Lontoc).' This enemy is credited with bringing down a dozen American fliers and is the best the enemy has. Enter, Cleve Saville, so cool at his job, they call him 'The Iceman." To help him in his squadron is none other than cocky Robert Wagner, a "hip" pilot, with so many first, he hopes to bring down, 'jones' before Seville does. May Britt, plays Kristina Abbott, the love interest and the human aspect of the story. An excellent movie, so well done, you could write a book report on it. ****


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