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Fate Is the Hunter (1964)

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



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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Fraser
Jane Russell
Ralph Bundy
Ben Sawyer
Dan Crawford
Peg Burke
Mark Hutchins
Stillman (as Robert Wilke)
Ted Wilson
Mrs. Llewlyn


Airliner crashes near Los Angeles due to unusual string of coincidences. Stewardess, who is sole survivor, joins airline executives in discovering the causes of the crash. Written by Arthur H. Olsen <102526.2017@compuserve.com>

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Release Date:

16 October 1964 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Bezwinger des Todes  »


Box Office


$2,525,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,200,000, 31 December 1964
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Sound Mix:

| (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jane Russell considered herself semi retired at this time and agreed to do a cameo for her friend Aaron Rosenberg. See more »


Following an oceanside plane crash, investigators open a suitcase they have "just fished out of the water" but neither the suitcase nor its contents are wet or even water-damaged. See more »


Capt. Jack Savage: When your number's up, why fight it, right? And if its not, why worry about it?
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Referenced in Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001) See more »


Blue Moon
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Sung at various times by Rod Taylor
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Can you guess I liked this film?
28 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

A complicated little film showing that the obvious isn't always the truth. A passenger aircraft crashes while being flown by the stereotypical risk-taking, flamboyant pilot, leaving only one survivor. With him dying in the crash, it doesn't take the vultures long before they are clamouring for an excuse to point the finger of blame his way. His long time friend and airline boss sets out to prove that it wasn't so, and through a fascinating series of flashbacks and vignettes, the not-so-obvious plot unwinds into a wonderful vindication of his dead friend. Absolutely astounding actors and a solid script make this a must see. It takes time and effort to watch the subtleties unwind but it makes it worth the effort.

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