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Hellfighters (1968)

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
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George Harris
Barbara Stuart ...
Irene Foster
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Colonel Valdez
Valentin de Vargas ...
Amal Bokru (as Valentin De Vargas)
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Madame Loo
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General Lopez
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Harry York
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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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Nitro was their weapon against fire blazing oil infernos and a guerrilla army set to blow them sky high...but they had to stay alive for two smoldering women who made all the danger worthwhile! See more »


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27 November 1968 (USA)  »

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Die Unerschrockenen  »

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Trivia

John Wayne, who turned 61 during filming, was generally considered too old for his character. 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

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

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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Great realism for it's day.
10 June 2005 | by (San Jose, CA) – See all my reviews

Loosely based on the exploits of Red Adair, Hellfighters is a perfect vehicle for John Wayne. The characterizations are a bit overstated, but this was standard for the era, so I allow for that. And who could have picked a more appropriate love interest for the Duke than Vera Miles as a San Francisco Department Store heiress.

I thought Jim Hutton and Katherine Ross made a good offsetting couple to JW & VM and Bruce Cabot, a long-time associate of Wayne's, an excellent comic element.

I think the thing that sold it for me was the reality of the fire scenes which I just marveled at until I saw that Red Adair was a technical adviser on the film. That and the knowledge that Wayne was all for reality as much as possible really made me a watch it anytime fan of this picture.

If one takes into account the decade in which the picture was made, it can be and is, for me at least, a very enjoyable film. I highly recommend it!


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