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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
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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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Release Date:

21 June 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aguilas al acecho  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,346,500 (estimated)
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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

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 »

Quotes

Gen. Aymes: I just wonder if your timing is good.
Col. Jim Caldwell: Because of the ORI?
Gen. Aymes: No. Because it might look as if you have personal reasons. There's been talk, Jim. About Hollis and Victoria.
Col. Jim Caldwell: Even the grapevine around here is below par. I can't run a wing on what people think. I want him out of here.
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Connections

Referenced in Password All-Stars: Episode dated 17 July 1962 (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sac Song
Words and Music by Tom Lehrer
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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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