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 overview, first billed only:
Tish Buckman
Greg Parker
Madelyn Buckman
Jack Lomax
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
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 <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The Toughest Hellfighter Of All! [Australia Theatrical]


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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?


When Tish Buckman and Greg Parker look at the house they plan to move into after they wed, it's the same house used as the Douglas home in My Three Sons (1960). It was later used as one of the houses on "Wysteria Lane" in Desperate Housewives (2004). 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 »


[last lines]
Tish Buckman: I think we oughta get her a tin hat.
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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 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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