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

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Cast

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Sam McBane
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Sally Fraser
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Capt. Jack Savage
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Martha Webster
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Herself
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Ralph Bundy
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Ben Sawyer
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Mickey Doolan
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Dan Crawford
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Mark Hutchins
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Stillman (as Robert Wilke)
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Dillon
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Ted Wilson
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Mrs. Llewlyn
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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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16 October 1964 (West Germany)  »

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Bezwinger des Todes  »

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$2,525,000 (estimated)
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Jane Russell considered herself semi retired at this time and agreed to do a cameo for her friend Aaron Rosenberg. See more »

Goofs

When the airliner loses both engines at the start of the movie (both apparently lost to fire), the aircraft still has lighting (both internally and even exterior landing lights). Without an auxiliary power unit, which no aircraft of this era had- the airplane would have gone instantly dark, with only limited instrument lighting in the cockpit furnished with battery power. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Jack Savage: When your number's up, why fight it, right? And if its not, why worry about it?
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Version of Island in the Sky (1953) See more »

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Fate Is the Hunter
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Lyrics by Don Wolf
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Investigation into plane crash told through flashback
23 October 1999 | by (Indianapolis, IN.) – See all my reviews

A film whose story is told in flashback, during the investigation of an airline accident. Sam McBane (Glenn Ford) is an executive of Continental Airlines who is desperate to prove that his old Army-Air Corps buddy Capt. Jack Savage (Rod Taylor) had not been drinking before the fatal flight. His investigation brings him into contact with several close friends of Savage. Through them, McBane learns a lot he didn't know about the airline pilot.

The plot of the movie takes off during the last 10 minutes when McBane and the only survivor of the crash, Stewardess Martha Stewart (Suzanne Pleshette, excellent in limited screen time), recreate the original fatal flight in every detail. A friend of mine who wouldn't usually go in for this kind of fare, after viewing it with me, said "Fate of the Hunter" turned into a pretty good movie due to the last part.

Glenn Ford has some good scenes, particularly during the CAB hearing and Rod Taylor is likeable in his role.

This is one of my personal favorite movies and I recommend it.


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