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Fate Is the Hunter (1964)

An airline executive refuses to believe that pilot error by his friend caused a fatal crash, and persists in looking for another reason.

Director:

Ralph Nelson

Writers:

Ernest K. Gann (book), Harold Medford (screenplay)
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Airs Tue. Jul. 30, 12:15 AM on TCM

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Ford ... Sam McBane
Nancy Kwan ... Sally Fraser
Rod Taylor ... Capt. Jack Savage
Suzanne Pleshette ... Martha Webster
Jane Russell ... Jane Russell
Wally Cox ... Ralph Bundy
Nehemiah Persoff ... Ben Sawyer
Mark Stevens ... Mickey Doolan
Max Showalter ... Dan Crawford
Constance Towers ... Peg Burke
Howard St. John ... Mark Hutchins
Robert J. Wilke ... Stillman (as Robert Wilke)
Bert Freed ... Dillon
Dort Clark ... Ted Wilson
Mary Wickes ... Mrs. Llewlyn
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Storyline

Airliner crashes near Los Angeles due to unusual string of coincidences. Stewardess, who is sole survivor, joins airline executives in discovering the causes of the crash. Written by Arthur H. Olsen <102526.2017@compuserve.com>

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Taglines:

You have a date with fate! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Thriller | War

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1964 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Bezwinger des Todes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,525,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,200,000, 31 December 1964
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Arcola Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

KCOP Channel 13 is a real Los Angeles TV station. See more »

Goofs

While Al Robbins and Ben Sawyer are walking around the tail of the aircraft to be used for the recreation of the fatal flight, you can see an "inspection door" on the left side of the starboard engine. You can also see clear daylight through the crack around the edge of the door where there should be a jet engine. This shows the engine nacelle is actually an empty shell. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Jack Savage: When your number's up, why fight it, right? And if its not, why worry about it?
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Connections

Referenced in JAG: Pilot Error (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Fate Is the Hunter
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Lyrics by Don Wolf
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An Overlooked Classic
1 October 2003 | by rescob1005See all my reviews

If you have the chance to catch this movie, please do. In an age where cursing, nudity and violence seem to occupy most films, this is something special...a classic, counting on its storyline, acting and believable characters to hold our attention. The mystery that surrounds the tragedy in this movie cleverly ties together the people involved, the incident itself and is not resolved until the end. The characters are unique, introduced in brief anecdotes by which we come to learn about them. It makes one realize that we too have that same myriad of people we touch ourselves in our own lives. The music is beautifully orchestrated by Jerry Goldsmith. Glenn Ford's intense style is a sharp contrast to Rod Taylor's swashbuckling character. A very strong performance was given by Suzanne Pleshette as well. Her face of pure terror when she is on the second flight is fascinating and believable. My only regret is not being able to get a copy of the soundtrack, which has one of the most beautiful trumpet solos I have ever heard. A movie worth watching anytime, with anyone.


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