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Hellfighters (1968)

G  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  27 November 1968 (USA)
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The story of macho oil well firefighters and their wives.

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Cast

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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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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Wayne turned 61 during filming. See more »

Goofs

Chance remarks about a "poison well" spewing "hydrogen sulfate." It is actually hydrogen sulfide which is most often found in oil well situations. Hydrogen sulfate describes the compound which is sulfuric acid and is generally not gaseous. Hydrogen sulfide is a gas and it is poisonous. See more »

Quotes

Greg Parker: [after being awakened by a kiss from Tish] What are you doing here?
Chance Buckman: [being awakened by Greg's question] What's Tish doing here?
Madelyn Buckman: That was my idea.
Chance Buckman: Somebody wake me up!
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Crazy Credits

There is a print which has been shown on UK television, an original English language print with English titles, which however includes two frames of opening titles in Italian: the list of technical consultants is headed "Consulenti Tecnici" and the next sheet explaining that the events depicted are based on the real live experiences of those people, is written in Italian. Then the credits revert to English. See more »

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

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John Wayne portrays a modern-day hero.
17 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I first saw "Hellfighters" I was only about 13 years old. The movie certainly captivated me, in part because it seemed so realistic. Also, the slogan of the Buckman Company really appealed to me. "Around the world, around the clock." This was a story about someone who really went the distance to help people.

This movie was so visually stunning that Popular Mechanics ran a cover story on the special effects, describing how a mixture of propane and diesel oil was used to make the fires, which were fed by underground pipes. It also explained that Red Adair really did use explosives to put out oil well fires, which many people found hard to believe.

This was a highly believable, present day performance by John Wayne, which is somewhat special in and of itself. There was only one brawl, which was all good fun, and we even get to see Mr. Wayne get a face full of what looks kind of like oil. (It was dyed water.) There is no heavy, moralistic message to this film, a minimum of flag waving, and watching it is just plain fun.


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