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Wendell Mayes (screenplay)
James Salter (novel)
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Release Date:
September 1958 (USA) See more »
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Mightiest thrill-shocked adventure spectacle of the super-sonic age !
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In 1952, as the Korean War rages on, American officers land in Kyoto. Among them are Major Ceve Saville... See more » | Full synopsis »
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A "must see" for jet air-to-air combat enthusiasts See more (41 total) »

Cast

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Robert Mitchum ... Major Cleve Saville

Robert Wagner ... Lt. Ed Pell
Richard Egan ... Colonel Dutch Imil

May Britt ... Kristina 'Kris' Abbott

Lee Philips ... 1st Lt. Carl Abbott
John Gabriel ... 1st Lt. Corona
Stacy Harris ... Col. Monk Moncavage
Victor Sen Yung ... Korean Farmer
Candace Lee ... Korean Child
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Aki Aleong ... MIG Pilot (uncredited)
Jimmy Baya ... Greek Sergeant (uncredited)
Slosson Bing Jong ... Chinese Soldier (uncredited)
John Caler ... Officer (uncredited)
Vinnie De Carlo ... Korean Bartender (uncredited)

John Doucette ... Chief Master Sergeant (uncredited)
Alicia M. Goodchild ... Stand in for May Britt (uncredited)
Jay Jostyn ... Major Dark (uncredited)
Whamok Kim ... Korean Woman (uncredited)
Frank Kumagai ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Mabel Lim ... Korean Woman (uncredited)
Leon Lontoc ... Casey Jones, Chinese Ace (uncredited)
Mae Maeshire ... Package Wrapper (uncredited)
Ralph Manza ... Major Gifford (uncredited)

Nobu McCarthy ... Japanese Clerk (uncredited)
Alena Murray ... Mrs. Mason (uncredited)
Robert 'Bob' Olen ... Officer (uncredited)

Robert Reed ... Jackson (uncredited)
George Sasaki ... Chinese Soldier (uncredited)
Nina Shipman ... WAF Lieutenant (uncredited)
Mary Song ... Korean Woman (uncredited)
Walter Soo Hoo ... Chinese Soldier (uncredited)
Rachel Stephens ... Nurse (uncredited)
Frank Tang ... Chinese Officer (uncredited)
Larry Thor ... Captain Owynby (uncredited)
Kam Tong ... Red Chinese Officer (uncredited)
Chiyo Toto ... Sukiaki Girl (uncredited)
James Yagi ... Doorman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Dick Powell 
 
Writing credits
Wendell Mayes (screenplay)

James Salter (novel)

Produced by
Dick Powell .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell 
 
Cinematography by
Charles G. Clarke (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Stuart Gilmore 
 
Art Direction by
Maurice Ransford 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Bertram C. Granger 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Costume Design by
Charles Le Maire (executive wardrobe designer) (as Charles LeMaire)
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
Roy Stork .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Stanley Goldsmith .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Curtis Havens .... second unit director (as James C. Havens)
Ad Schaumer .... assistant director
Maurice Harmell .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ed DeCuir .... labor foreman (uncredited)
Ed Graves .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Ted Harmon .... nurseryman (uncredited)
Bob McLaughlin .... props (uncredited)
Charles Myall .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Donald L. Nobles .... props (uncredited)
Fred Pommit .... props (uncredited)
Donald Robinson .... painter (uncredited)
Herb Sage .... props (uncredited)
Fred R. Simpson .... property master (uncredited)
Harold Wardean .... props (uncredited)
Walter Wiley .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Charles Zimmerman .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
E. Clayton Ward .... sound
Jesse Long .... cableman (uncredited)
Roy Potts .... boom operator (uncredited)
A.C. Ward .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Ralph Zerby .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ronald Jolley .... effectsman (uncredited)
Art Royne .... effectsman (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Tutwiler .... aerial photographer
J.H. Cooley .... grip (uncredited)
Walter Fitchman .... key grip (uncredited)
Til Gabani .... camera operator (uncredited)
C.J. Geras .... grip (uncredited)
Grover Jones .... best boy (uncredited)
Bert Kershner .... assistant camera (uncredited)
W.L. Lagune .... grip (uncredited)
David McEwen .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Fred Richter .... grip (uncredited)
L.A. Smith .... grip (uncredited)
Charles Wise .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Swede Munden .... wardrobe master (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
 
Transportation Department
Frank McGarry .... transportation captain (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Robert E. Wayne .... technical advisor (as Major Robert E. Wayne United States Air Force)
Vernon L. Wright .... technical advisor (as Captain Vernon L. Wright United States Air Force)
Jim Boguson .... production assistant (uncredited)
Carl Downey .... operator (uncredited)
Ted Harmon .... landscaper (uncredited)
R.H. Ibling .... operator (uncredited)
Harold McLean .... operator (uncredited)
Don Prince .... publicist (uncredited)
Robert Saffell .... pilot (uncredited)
Tex Wilsford .... craft service (uncredited)
Marshall J. Wolins .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
108 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (magnetic prints) | Mono (optical prints)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:K-12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2005) | USA:Approved (certificate #19007) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
Lt Corona's F86 Sabre develops engine trouble on his landing approach. When the aircraft is shown stalling and crashing, the shot is of an F-100 Super Sabre, a different type of aircraft. The crash shown happened at Edwards AFB. The pilot, Lt. Barty Brooks, was killed. The name Sabre Dance originated from this accident but the context of the phrase relates to this accident alone and should not be generally attributed to additional accidents involving the F100. Dudley Henriques President Emeritus International Fighter Pilots FellowshipSee more »
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Revealing mistakes: 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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33 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
A "must see" for jet air-to-air combat enthusiasts, 12 April 2004
Author: Truett Guthrie (ntgus@itlnet.net) from Hobart, Oklahoma

First, a bit of history: James Horowitz, West Point class of 1945, shot down a MiG-15 on July 4th, 1952, while flying an F-86E with the 335th FIS, 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing in Korea, and used a typewriter equally as effective as his Sabre. Under the pen name (and later changed his name to)James Salter, he published a novel, "The Hunters," about Sabre pilots fighting in Korea. 4th Wing 2nd Lt. James F. "Dad" Low became America`s 17th and most junior jet ace with his fifth MiG kill on June 15, 1952, just six months out of flight school.Unlike the older pilots, many of them WWII veterans, Low became proficient in the use of the new A-4 automatic ranging gunsights on the E and F models of the F-86 Sabre. The novel and movie`s "bad guy," Lt. Pell, is a defiant, risk taking junior fighter jock, played in the movie by Robert Wagner (I`m a killer man! I cut em up,you know!)Both Low and Salter acknowledge that the "Pell" character is, in fact, James F. Low. Korean War historians speculate that Robert Mitchum`s character, Major Cleveland Saville, is based on one or two of the four USAF Medal of Honor recipients from the Korean War: either Maj. Louis J. Sebille, who died in his F-51 as commander of the 67th FBS, 18th FBW, or double ace Maj. George A. Davis, shot down in his F-86 as commander of the 334th FIS, 4th FIW. James Salter is pretty much of a recluse, but was interviewed by Tom Brokaw for NBC Nightly News three years ago. The movie`s 54th Fighter Group is apparently a contraction of the actual 4th and 51st F-86 Fighter Interceptor Wings from Korea. The F-86F30 Sabres in the movie were painted with the distinctive yellow band and checkered tail markings of the 51st FIW, but with yellow noses much like the Sabres of the 12th FBS of the 18th Fighter Bomber Wing, and with post-Korean War anti-glare panels. A major technical flaw is an insertion shot of a crashing "Sabre dancing" F-100 Super Sabre in place of an F-86. American F-84F Thunderchiefs were painted up and used for the Russian-built MiG-15 in both "The Hunters" and "The McConnell Story." If you look closely, not all of the F-84Fs are painted like MiGs in "The Hunters." The movie`s top MiG pilot is "Casey Jones" (7-11, the Crapshooter,)shown to be Chinese. We now know that virtually all the top MiG pilots were Russian. There were many "Casey Joneses" flying for North Korea. When bandit trains (an actual phrase used in allied radio jargon and used in the movie script) took off from Antung Airfield in Manchuria, the real or mythical flight wing leaders were dubbed "Casey Jones." A 4th Wing F-86 Korean War veteran told me that Salter`s book was "too close to the way the 4th Wing really was in Korea," and that the Air Force wanted the script changed if they were to cooperate in the making of the movie. Even though a big budgeted movie, budget restrictions prevented producer-director Dick Powell (my mother grew up with him in Mountain View, Arkansas) from filming oversees, preferable in Japan. According to Robert J. Lentz`s excellent book, "Korean War Filmography," "The Hunters" combines Korean War aerial drama-in beautiful DeLuxe color and widescreen CinemaScope photography-with more turgid human drama on the ground involving sexual desire and fears of inadequacy. Only a few Korean War films actively depicted the sky battles in "MiG Alley" and "The Hunters" does so with better aesthetics and greater excitement than "Sabre Jet" or "The McConnell Story." Until the advent of "Top Gun" and its imitators, "The Hunters" remained the premier jet air-to-air combat film in terms of its aerial proficiency." I loved the book and the movie as a 12 year old kid in 1958, and have always remembered the tune to Paul Sawtell`s theme music march. For years I searched nationwide for a video of this movie, with no success. A couple of years ago, a friend of mine noticed "The Hunters" was on Cinemax at 2 AM and taped it for me. Hopefully, 20th Century Fox will release "The Hunters" on VCR or DVD, or, better yet, produce a new Korean War movie involving the legendary air battles between the F-86 Sabre and the MiG-15!!

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