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Release Date:
27 November 1968 (USA) See more »
The Toughest Hellfighter Of All! [Australia Theatrical] See more »
The story of macho oil well firefighters and their wives. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Chance Buckman

Katharine Ross ... Tish Buckman

Jim Hutton ... Greg Parker

Vera Miles ... Madelyn Buckman

Jay C. Flippen ... Jack Lomax

Bruce Cabot ... 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

Alan Caillou ... Harry York

Laraine Stephens ... Helen Meadows
John Alderson ... Jim Hatch
Lal Chand Mehra ... Dr. Songla

Rudy Diaz ... Zamora
Bebe Louie ... Gumdrop
Chris Chandler ... Houston TV Reporter
William Hardy
Howard Finch ... Ed 'Cal' Calhoun
Richard 'Cactus' Pryor ... Chance's Doctor (as Cactus Pryor)
Big John Hamilton
Elizabeth Germaine
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Leon Alton ... Man Entering Restaurant (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Man Passing through Lobby (uncredited)
Edward Colmans ... Senor Caldez (uncredited)

Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez ... Hernando (uncredited)
Bobby Johnson ... Waiter (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Man in Restaurant (uncredited)

Leoda Richards ... Old Woman in Restaurant (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... Firefighter in Plane (uncredited)
John Stephenson ... Mr. Chapman (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrew V. McLaglen 
Writing credits
Clair Huffaker (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Arthur .... producer
Original Music by
Leonard Rosenman 
Cinematography by
William H. Clothier (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Folmar Blangsted 
Art Direction by
Frank Arrigo 
Alexander Golitzen 
Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr. (set decorations) (as John McCarthy)
James Redd (set decorations) (as James S. Redd)
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Bob Larson .... unit production manager (as Robert E. Larson)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terry Morse Jr. .... assistant director
Robin S. Clark .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Joe Florence .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Harry Hogan III .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Ted Swanson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Lyle Cain .... sound
Ronald Pierce .... sound
Waldon O. Watson .... sound
Special Effects by
Fred Knoth .... special effects
Whitey McMahon .... special effects (as Whitey McMahan)
Herman E. Townsley .... special effects (as Herman Townsley)
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... matte supervisor
Hal Needham .... stunt coordinator
Stan Barrett .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Bullock .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Burk .... stunts (uncredited)
Roydon Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Combs .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Courtney .... stunts (uncredited)
Everett Creach .... stunts (uncredited)
Alan Gibbs .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary McLarty .... stunts (uncredited)
Hal Needham .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Rock A. Walker .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert Warner .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Berry .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor
Larry Bunker .... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Herman Clebanoff .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Manuel Compinsky .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Vince De Rosa .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
David Duke .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Dominick Fera .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Sam Freed Jr. .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Caesar Giovannini .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Dave Grusin .... musician: organ (uncredited)
Robert Helfer .... music contractor (uncredited)
Alton Hendrickson .... musician: banjo (uncredited)
Norman Herzburg .... musician: bassoon (uncredited)
Anatol Kaminsky .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Nathan Kaproff .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Manny Klein .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Abe Luboff .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Alfred Lustgarten .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Edgar Lustgarten .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Peter Mercurio .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Erno Neufeld .... musician: violin (uncredited)
John Neufeld .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Joe Porcaro .... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Dorothy Remsen .... musician: harp (uncredited)
Howard A. Roberts .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Leonard Rosenman .... conductor (uncredited)
Ambrose Russo .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Victor Sazer .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Gene Sherry .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Manuel Stevens .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Sheridon Stokes .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Lloyd Ulyate .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Other crew
'Red' Adair .... technical advisor: of the Red Adair Wild Well Control Company: upon whose personal experiences are based many of the incidents in this motion picture and whose technical help enabled us to re-create them
Fernando Castillo Díaz .... spanish subtitles
Bob Forrest .... dialogue coach
'Boots' Hansen .... technical advisor: of The Red Adair Wild Well Control Company: upon whose personal experiences are based many of the incidents in this motion picture and whose technical help enabled us to re-create them
'Coots' Matthews .... technical advisor: of The Red Adair Wild Well Control Company: upon whose personal experiences are based many of the incidents in this motion picture and whose technical help enabled us to re-create them
Orin Borsten .... publicist (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
121 min | Finland:112 min (cut)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) | 70 mm 6-Track (Australia)
Australia:G | Finland:K-12 (uncut) (2012) (DVD) | Finland:K-12 (heavily cut) (1969) (35 mm) | Finland:K-12 (uncut) (1968) (70 mm) | Germany:12 (re-rating) (2008) | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:U | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) | USA:G | West Germany:16 (f)
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Did You Know?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Not the original Armageddon. So far above it!, 30 December 2004
Author: Tim Ruf from United States

I read the review of this movie and was astounded to find someone felt this was the original Armageddon movie. While there is one similarity, in that they both involved the so named "Hell Fighters", the other movie is a cheap knock off of some idea to put these guys in space.

This movie was so far above the Bruce Willis movie. If you are able to watch this movie and not feel the heat of the job you are not watching close enough. John Wayne and fact the whole cast play this movie with such a realistic feel you can't help but get into. No cut on Mr. Willis, but that was such a fluffy, far-fetched movie, you could not really believe it for a moment.

Watch this movie if you want to see the lives of people who truly live on the edge of danger.

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