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The story of macho oil well firefighters and their wives.

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Tish Buckman
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Greg Parker
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Madelyn Buckman
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Jack Lomax
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Joe Horn
Edward Faulkner ...
George Harris
Barbara Stuart ...
Irene Foster
Edmund Hashim ...
Colonel Valdez
Valentin de Vargas ...
Amal Bokru (as Valentin De Vargas)
Frances Fong ...
Madame Loo
Alberto Morin ...
General Lopez
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Harry York
Laraine Stephens ...
Helen Meadows
John Alderson ...
Jim Hatch
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Storyline

The adventures of oil well fire specialist Chance Buckman (based on real-life Red Adair), who extinguishes massive fires in oil fields around the world. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The Toughest Hellfighter Of All! [Australia Theatrical]


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27 November 1968 (USA)  »

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A pokol tornáca  »

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(Westrex Recording System)| (Australia)

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Trivia

The studio designed special nozzles for the fires. There was an outer ring nozzle that shot out the flames and an inner one that shot out a mixture of water and India ink to simulate oil. This can be seen in how easily the "oil" is wiped off the actor's faces. See more »

Goofs

At beginning of the movie after helicopter lands, speed of rotor blades varies between shots. See more »

Quotes

Chance Buckman: Exactly WHAT did you tell her about Madame Loo?
Greg Parker: Only that she's 80 years old, weighs 300 pounds and is one of your oldest friends.
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Crazy Credits

The cast list in the opening titles lists six actors not found in the closing credits, but not Louie, Bebe, who is found in the end list. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Space Travellers (1992) See more »

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The Duke battles blazing Texas Tea.
20 September 1999 | by (Auburn, Me) – See all my reviews

One thing about John Wayne movies are the great first names he always had in them. Singin Sandy, Spig, Taw, John Henry, Cord, Rockwell, Rooster, Wedge. This ones no exception "Chance" Chance Buckman played by Wayne is the CEO of a company that fights fires. Oil well fires that is. Along with a number of character actors in supporting roles who teamed with the Duke in many of his films. The action is plenty and the story entertaining. The women in this movie are there as the faithful ladies whose husbands battle the flaming liquid from the bowels of the earth.

No film had been made about oil well fire fighters so this made it an original. This is one of those movies that would excite a person to the point of saying "That's the life for me. Good pay, travel, good-looking women all the time. A job of never ending excitement'! Don't miss this John Wayne classic. Also don't miss an A&E documentary about the real exploits of Oil Well Fire Fighters.


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