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A Gathering of Eagles (1963)

During the Cold War, Air Force Colonel Jim Caldwell shapes up his Strategic Air Command B-52 wing to pass a nuclear war readiness test.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Col. Jim Caldwell
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Col. Hollis Farr
Mary Peach ...
Victoria Caldwell
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Col. Bill Fowler
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Gen. 'Happy Jack' Kirby
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Col. Joe Garcia
Leora Dana ...
Mrs. Evelyn Fowler
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Sgt. Banning
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Col. Ralph Josten
Richard LePore ...
Sgt. Kemler
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Lt. Col. Gales
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Col. Morse
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Gen. Aymes
Russ Bender ...
Col. Torrance
John McKee ...
Maj. Travis
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Storyline

Rock Hudson plays an Air Force Colonel who has just been re-assigned as a cold war B-52 commander who must shape up his men to pass a grueling inspection that the previous commander had failed, and had been fired for. He is also recently married, and as a tough commanding officer doing whatever he has to do to shape his men up, his wife sees a side to him that she hadn't seen before. Written by Roger Dearnaley <roger@paperart.com>

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21 June 1963 (USA)  »

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Aguilas al acecho  »

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$3,346,500 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Lansing goes on to become Brig. General Frank Savage who commands a hard luck outfit in WWII, the 918th Bombardment Group of the U.S. Eighth Air Force, in the TV series 12 O'Clock High (1964-1967). See more »

Goofs

During an inflight emergency when his B-52 experiences a fuel leak while refueling from a KC-135 tanker, Col Caldwell correctly orders his crew to don oxygen masks so as not to breathe the gas fumes. The crew puts on their masks, but the remaining scenes depicting the emergency show the crew with their masks off again, even though fuel is still leaking and fumes are still present. See more »

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Gen. 'Happy Jack' Kirby: Col. Farr, you're aware of the peacetime regulation against sending up an aircraft without full power?
Col. Hollis Farr: Yes, sir.
Col. Jim Caldwell: Sir, we're simulating wartime conditions. I would have made the same decision.
Gen. 'Happy Jack' Kirby: [scratches one cheek, then the other] So would I. And I'm not going to score it as an abort.
[cracks a smile and exits]
Col. Hollis Farr: We're in.
Col. Jim Caldwell: He didn't even mention the bombing scores.
Col. Hollis Farr: Oh, I'll guarantee you they're great. Listen, he smiled at you. When 'Happy Jack' smiles at a wing commander, that's like giving him the...
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The Sac Song
Words and Music by Tom Lehrer
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Lansing Upstages Hudson
20 August 2004 | by (Lancaster CA) – See all my reviews

Although Rock Hudson did finally excel in comedy genre as well as his one laudable effort in "Giant," during the scene where he is one-on-one performing with Robert Lansing (playing the maintenance sergeant) Hudson comes off a poor second. The quiet power demonstrated by Lansing simply staggers the imagination and causes it to catch its breath. It was not just a case of "underplaying," but rather bringing forth such great depth to the role's character and demeanor. One of the most underrated of our excellent American actors, it is a shame we couldn't have seen Robert Lansing in many more, larger roles on the big screen in Hollywood's truly major films. What did the casting directors miss here? Much, in my opinion.


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