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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 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
Jim Bannon ...
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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THE HIGHER THEY FLY...THE FASTER THEY LIVE! THEY CAN'T SLOW UP EVEN FOR LOVE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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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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(Eastman Color by Pathé)|

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1.85 : 1
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The scene where Mary Peach's character goes out "on the town" shows her exiting a theater into a grand lobby where she meets friends. That lobby is the actual foyer of the San Francisco Opera House, which looks virtually the same to this day. See more »

Goofs

After landing the T-33 chase plane that he flew alongside Col Caldwell's B-52 during the bomber's inflight emergency, Col Farr is seen climbing down from the T-Bird's cockpit. But there is no postflight ground crew or ground power equipment present, and the plane's wheels are not chocked to prevent it from rolling. All these things would have been present during an actual aircraft parking situation. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Edited into Columbo: The Most Crucial Game (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sac Song
Words and Music by Tom Lehrer
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The Movie was very good
30 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was stationed at Beale AFB, California when the Movie "A GATHERING OF EAGLES" was filmed, and watched much of the filming. I was the crew chief on B-52G #6515 (cannot give the rest of the tail number) I spent many hours on the alert pad. And if you have never had that experience of answering to the call in the middle of the night to a klaxon from a sound sleep to running to your fast ride vehicle and being prepared to launch your aircraft and flight-crew, Then you don't what being a proud B-52G Crew Chief is like. All of the people in SAC had special jobs. I'm honored to have served with the greatest command in the world. Therefore I rate the movie very high. After the film about a year later I worked on the Aircraft that they used for the movie. I still have some local news paper articles and pictures from the filming. I went to Beale last year "2006" for an air show and got to go out on the hardstand where my air plane was parked many times. I read and agree with one of the people about the hot brakes. Also a scene where the so called fuel was coming out of the main entry hatch. The real crew chief was standing up inside the aircraft pouring water out of a bucket to simulate the fuel. I'm trying to get a copy of the movie in DVD or VHF. I would be glad to help with copies of the news paper articles. I would like to find someone else that was in the 456th OMS at Beale during the filming that was a crew chief or a ground crew member on the B-52G's

Thank you

Jerry


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