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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
One scene in the film quite realistically realizes author James Salter's description of Seville's (Connell in the novel) first sight of the fighter pilots in their club at the base in Korea. Salter wrote that "It looked like a lumberjack camp. No two pilots dressed alike." In the film, Seville eventually wears a WWII sheepskin-lined leather cap and a sage green flight jacket over a blue flight suit, while Pell wears a flap-eared winter hat and a blue flight jacket over a green flight suit. Other pilots wear similar mixes of uniform clothing from both the WWII and Korean War eras. See more »
All of the vehicles used by the North Koreans are actually US military vehicles. See more »
I expected more action in the THE HUNTERS but I have to admit that the battle scenes were well shot and very realistic. I wanted to see also more adventure instead a lost love story that was too slow paced. Watch this movie only if you are not too tired. As in the other war movie with Bob Mitchum "THE ENEMY BELOW" the color was really de luxe and Robert Mitchum made a again a solid job. The enemies in the film didn't scary me at all. What I missed too were some important details about the Korea war.
I recommend it only to war planes lovers otherwise stay away. Vote therefore is 5/10.
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