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Writers:
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 !
Plot:
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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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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Aspect Ratio:
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:
The Aircraft playing the role of the North Korean or Mainland Chinese MIG 15's were actually US F-84F Thunderstreaks.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Lt Corona's F86 Sabre develops engine trouble on his landing approach. When the aicraft is shown stalling and crashing, the shot is of an F-100 Super Sabre, a different type of aircraft.See more »
Quotes:
Major Cleve Saville:You any good with that automatic?
Lt. Ed Pell:I'm a killer, man.
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
The DVD Release is Here At Last!!!, 28 May 2004
Author: Gavno (quixote2@ix.netcom.com) from Mad City, Wisconsin

Within the last week, Fox FINALLY released a DVD version of the VERY seldom seen Robert Mitchum aviation classic, THE HUNTERS. My advance ordered copy from Amazon just arrived.

This is one of two war films Mitchum made for Dick Powell. The other one, the submariner classic THE ENEMY BELOW, has been widely available for the last 10 years at least. I don't understand why the long delay in releasing THE HUNTERS... but finally, the wait is over.

The Korean War has long been a forgotten conflict in American history, and the air war there has been almost completely ignored by Hollywood.

That's a shame. Fighter combat in Korea marked a significant transition period in air warfare.

The Korean War fighter pilots were the last of the old Stick and Rudder fliers. They were the last generation of knights of the sky who fought with gallantry and a respect for the skills and courage of their opponents. Even tho they were officially enemies, wearing the uniforms of different nations, the unspoken truth was that every pilot was the brother of everyone else who flew. In common they'd shared the thrill of flight, and the dangers that came along with it. They might fight to the death in the skies, but these warriors understood and respected each other.

After Korea, the airplanes became technologically advanced and ended the old ways of thinking. It was no longer a man to man confrontation; air combat became a matter of triggering a missile that killed your enemy 30 miles away, and you often never even saw your foe or his airplane. Air warfare became impersonal and detached.

In Korea, combat flying was still a very personal matter. The PILOT still flew, and FOUGHT, the AIRPLANE. After that, speeds increased and things in combat happened so quickly that men couldn't control them directly anymore... the old piloting skills were replaced by electronics, and the pilot became a mere backup system in case a fuse blew, and in reality the AIRPLANE flew the PILOT. He was just a piece of hardware... the Nut that held the stick and throttle!

There's a big difference between the men in THE HUNTERS and those in TOP GUN. I have my doubts that Maverick would have acquitted himself very well over Korea. Mitchum as Cleve Seville is a direct descendant of Flynn and Niven in THE DAWN PATROL, and Cruise in TOP GUN is a very different animal.

As far as the CD production is concerned... I'm surprised that they were able to find as good a print of the movie as they did for the DVD transfer. It appears to me that it's been digitally cleaned up; it was almost certainly computer processed to take care of color shift in the '50s vintage single strip Technicolor.

What was VERY surprising to me was the extra features. I was astonished that the teaser and trailer both feature a vocal theme song by Frankie Lane, the guy who did all those vocals for '50's westerns! You probably remember him best for his vocal on the theme of Mel Brooks' BLAZING SADDLES.

I always thought that the music for THE HUNTERS was badly overblown, but after hearing the ill conceived Frankie Lane theme song, I can now appreciate the film's score as VASTLY preferable... I like Lane, but THIS effort definitely STINKS, and invokes little more than shocked laughter.

Well, fellow airplane nuts, the waiting is over. GET YOUR COPY NOW of one of the most sought after aviation films ever made.

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