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The Hunters (1958)

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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 !

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Action | Drama | Romance | War

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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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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

The film utilizes an oft-used storyline of the war movie genre which has two soldiers in love with the same girl. See more »

Goofs

When Pell (Robert Wagner) shoots the soldiers in the back of the wrecked truck, no brass is ejected from the submachine gun he's using. See more »

Quotes

Major Cleve Saville: You any good with that automatic?
Lt. Ed Pell: I'm a killer, man.
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Connections

Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #9.22 (1959) See more »

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How NOT to adapt a novel to film, but still fun to watch
19 February 2005 | by gmasherSee all my reviews

If you've never read the book, watch the movie first - then go find the novel for the real story. It could be categorized as "autobiographical fiction" as the author, James Salter (nom de plum) flew as a pilot with the 335th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 4th FIW at Suwon, Korea during the war. Robert Wagner's character is a thinly veiled caricature of ace Jim Low. Mitchum is typically laconic (and I do enjoy him in this role, in spite of, or including, the schlocky love story) and the F-86s are fun to watch. Richard Egan plays well as the retread group commander who pairs Mitchum and Wagner, much to Mitchum's initial distaste. The DVD in widescreen is the best way to go, and while a far cry from "The Bridges at Toko-Ri," it's still a keeper in my book.


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