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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

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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Trivia

This movie's opening preamble states: "Japan - 1952 at the time of the Korean War." See more »

Goofs

When Cleaver sits down outside the mission building and falls asleep, the barrel of his gun is resting against the rock. When the Koreans find him later the gun is higher on the rock with the magazine clip placed down on the rock. See more »

Quotes

Major Cleve Saville: You don't tinker with a man's fear. He does that for himself.
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Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Dick Powell (1958) 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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