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A Gathering of Eagles (1963)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  21 June 1963 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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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Russ Bender ...
Col. Torrance
John McKee ...
Maj. Travis
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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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Jerry Goldsmith's opening fanfare was licensed by Cinema International Corporation (CIC) for its vanity plate fanfare. CIC was an international film distribution company, part owned by Universal (with Paramount and, later, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer). See more »

Goofs

In several scenes, flight line maintenance personnel and command staff officers are not wearing hearing protectors while standing near jet aircraft with running engines. Air Force policy requires personnel to wear hearing protection while around operating engines to prevent permanent hearing damage caused by the extremely loud, high-pitched sound produced by jet engines. 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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A very accurate depiction of life in SAC in the '60s. Great movie, great footage.
28 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was only able to see this movie once and have been looking for it ever since to no avail, so far. I was at Travis AFB at the time of it's filming. I worked on the flight line and our planes were those used in the film. I was also TDY (temporary duty) at Beale AFB where I understand most or much of the filming took place. I worked on B-52's and KC-135As in servicing, recovery and crew chief duty and spent a lot of time on alert duty at the hard pad Alert Facility. All this to say that the film was VERY true to what SAC life was like in the flesh. I can see why some think the plot was a little thin as it was a glimpse into what day-to-day life in SAC was like. The Minimum Interval Take-offs (MITOs)were very true to life, sometimes three bombers and/or tankers rolling on the runway at the same time. If full count points aren't given for the plot, or there are those who would discount because of Rock Hudson's personal life, certainly full credit has to be given for accuracy. I know, I was there! I would love to own a DVD of this movie. I have been waiting over 40 years. Help, anyone? I'd even settle for a VHS tape.


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