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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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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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Drama | Romance | War

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Release Date:

21 June 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aguilas al acecho  »

Box Office

Budget:

$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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Trivia

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

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

Col. Hollis Farr: [Singing "The SAC Song" by Tom Lehrer] Here at SAC we're filled with pride There's just one thing we can't decide Which we'd rather be clobbered by-- An enemy attack or ORI! Our wing commander's got a racket, But sometimes it's hard to hack it, Whenever he gets his wife alone, Ding-a-ling-aling goes the little red phone! Oh we start a seven day alert, For a week we will not see a skirt, But we know it's part of SAC's main goal, To test our positive control! Absence makes the heart grow fonder, ...
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The Sac Song
Words and Music by Tom Lehrer
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Great flying scenes
28 June 2000 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie with my Dad when I was a boy, and later visiting Beale AFB to see the Thunderbirds perform. Much later, I saw it again and realized how true to life it must have been in the early 60's. You really get the feel of what it must have been like on alert during the height of the Cold War. The acting was above par, and the flying scenes are excellent. Any aviation or USAF buff should not miss this film.


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