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


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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Release Date:

21 June 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aguilas al acecho  »

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1.85 : 1
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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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