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The Hunters (1958)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | September 1958 (USA)
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In 1952, during the Korean War, two American pilots become bitter enemies over the same woman but must shelf their personal feud when confronted by deadly Chinese MIG fighter jets in battle.

Director:

Dick Powell

Writers:

Wendell Mayes (screenplay), James Salter (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Mitchum ... Major Cleve Saville
Robert Wagner ... Lt. Ed Pell
Richard Egan ... Colonel Dutch Imil
May Britt ... Kristina 'Kris' Abbott
Lee Philips ... 1st Lt. Carl Abbott
John Gabriel ... 1st Lt. Corona
Stacy Harris ... Col. Monk Moncavage
Victor Sen Yung ... Korean Farmer
Candace Lee Candace Lee ... Korean Child
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Storyline

In 1952, as the Korean War rages on, American officers land in Kyoto. Among them are Major Ceve Saville, assigned to a fighter squadron, and Lieutenant Carl Abbott. The latter neglects his charming wife Kristina, who is sinking into bitterness. In Korea, Saville meets again Colonel Dutch Imil, a former brother in arms as well as other friends. Back in Japan Saville falls in love with forsaken Kristina, which arouses Abbott's jealousy. The two men turn into implacable rivals. But during a mission against Chinese Migs, Abbott is hurt and Saville decides to rescue him... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Mightiest thrill-shocked adventure spectacle of the super-sonic age !

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance | War

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Trivia

Robert Mitchum turned down the Tony Curtis role in " The Defiant Ones " to appear in this. See more »

Goofs

When Kristina and Major Saville leave the restaurant, Lt. Abbott is passed out in the cab leaning to the right against the right side door. As soon as Kristina opens the left door to get inside the cab, Lt. Abbott is now facing to the left and not leaning on the door. See more »

Quotes

1st Lt. Carl Abbott: The only thing a fighter pilot needs is confidence.
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Connections

Referenced in The Couch (1962) See more »

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Great aerial sequences for its day.
27 October 1999 | by LoneStar-15See all my reviews

Not a bad war movie for the fifties. The aerial sequences are exciting and well done (pre-computer). Mitchum is his usual entertaining, stoic self, and Robert Wagner has an especially amusing role as a young, "hipster/hotshot" pilot, that takes after Mitchum.

It's on TV every once in a while. Catch it!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kampfflieger See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,440,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (magnetic prints)| Mono (optical prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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