The story of macho oil well firefighters and their wives.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tish Buckman
Greg Parker
Madelyn Buckman
Jack Lomax
Joe Horn
Edward Faulkner ...
George Harris
Barbara Stuart ...
Irene Foster
Colonel Valdez
Valentin de Vargas ...
Amal Bokru (as Valentin De Vargas)
Frances Fong ...
Madame Loo
Alberto Morin ...
General Lopez
Harry York
Helen Meadows
John Alderson ...
Jim Hatch


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 <>

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They've got the hottest, meanest jobs on earth! This is the true story of the men who fight oil field infernos around the clock...and the women who go through hell night after night! See more »


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Release Date:

27 November 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Unerschrockenen  »

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(Westrex Recording System)| (Australia)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


A burning oil well prompted the owner, present-day billionaire Phillip Anschutz, to call Red Adair, a famous firefighter who later put out the oil well fires during the Gulf War, to put out the blaze. To pay Adair, Anschutz persuaded Universal Studios to pay him $100,000 to film Adair putting out his well fire for "Hellfighters." See more »


During the office scenes, looking through the office window, obvious toy cars were used to simulate the highway (that could be seen from outside when the helicopter first landed). See more »


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 »


Referenced in NCIS: Playing with Fire (2012) See more »

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Wayne plays Chance Buckman in the mold or spirit of Red Adair
22 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is a very entertaining film ... co-staring Jim Hutton, Katherine Ross & Vera Miles. Some of the acting of Hutton & Ross may have been less than one would expect. But the film should be seen keeping mind that this was years before the disaster films of the early seventies like The Poseidon Adventure & The Towering Inferno. It is a fun watch as Buckman's crew travels the world putting out oil well fires while kindling a few fires of their own in the local women. It is fun to watch many of the fire-fighting scenes today and wonder how they pulled this off thirty years ago. It is very John Wayne as can be seen as some of his regulars turn up here, such as Bruce Cabot, Edward Faulkner who were part of his stable. Watch it and enjoy.

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