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Fate Is the Hunter (1964)

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A man refuses to believe that pilot error caused a fatal crash, and persists in looking for another reason.



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Ralph Bundy
Ben Sawyer
Mark Stevens ...
Mickey Doolan
Dan Crawford
Peg Burke
Howard St. John ...
Mark Hutchins
Stillman (as Robert Wilke)
Ted Wilson
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Release Date:

16 October 1964 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Bezwinger des Todes  »

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2.35 : 1
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Dorothy Malone did a cameo with Rod Taylor, during the pre-movie reviews, viewers wanted more of Dorothy, so they brought her back for another scene, but the credits had already been finished. See more »


The aircraft used for this movie - cobbled together from a Douglas propeller airliner - would be impossibly tail heavy with tail-mounted engines. The wings are too far forward. If it managed to achieve flight, it would instantly stall and crash. See more »


Referenced in JAG: Pilot Error (1995) See more »


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Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
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When it's your time, it IS your time.
10 July 1999 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

This is a great movie. I only saw it once, and that was in 1964, when it first came out. I wish it were available in VHS format, but it is not. If only some cable station would air it, I would love to record it! It is a great story of what life is, not what we want it to be. It illustrates the many zany and unusual things that can happen to change our lives forever. It goes to show you, when it's your time to leave this world, not matter WHAT you do, it is your time.

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