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A Gathering of Eagles (1963)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 21 June 1963 (USA)
During the Cold War, Air Force Colonel Jim Caldwell shapes up his Strategic Air Command B-52 wing to pass a nuclear war readiness test.

Director:

Delbert Mann

Writers:

Robert Pirosh (screenplay), Sy Bartlett (story)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... Col. Jim Caldwell
Rod Taylor ... Col. Hollis Farr
Mary Peach ... Victoria Caldwell
Barry Sullivan ... Col. Bill Fowler
Kevin McCarthy ... Gen. 'Happy Jack' Kirby
Henry Silva ... Col. Joe Garcia
Leora Dana ... Mrs. Evelyn Fowler
Robert Lansing ... Sgt. Banning
Richard Anderson ... Col. Ralph Josten
Richard LePore Richard LePore ... Sgt. Kemler
Robert Bray ... Lt. Col. Gales
Jim Bannon ... Col. Morse
Nelson Leigh ... Gen. Aymes
Russ Bender ... Col. Torrance
John McKee John McKee ... Maj. Travis
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Storyline

Rock Hudson plays an Air Force Colonel who has just been re-assigned as a cold war B-52 commander who must shape up his men to pass a grueling inspection that the previous commander had failed, and had been fired for. He is also recently married, and as a tough commanding officer doing whatever he has to do to shape his men up, his wife sees a side to him that she hadn't seen before. Written by Roger Dearnaley <roger@paperart.com>

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The Red Phone... His Mistress... Her Rival... Hurling Him to the Edge of Space... Freezing Her Love on the Edge of Time! See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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Trivia

To familiarize himself with the B-52 and it's flying characteristics, Rock Hudson flew on a short mission out of Walker AFB, Roswell NM. See more »

Goofs

Although there were no missiles at Hamilton AFB, where the movie takes place, there were NIKE missiles located at Fort Barry, 19 miles away, Fort Cronkite, 21 miles away and Angel Island, 22 miles away. During a SAC drill, these bases would also participate, so it is conceivable that these scenes shown in the movie would be happening. See more »

Quotes

Gen. Aymes: I just wonder if your timing is good.
Col. Jim Caldwell: Because of the ORI?
Gen. Aymes: No. Because it might look as if you have personal reasons. There's been talk, Jim. About Hollis and Victoria.
Col. Jim Caldwell: Even the grapevine around here is below par. I can't run a wing on what people think. I want him out of here.
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Connections

Referenced in Password: Betsy Palmer vs. Barry Sullivan (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sac Song
Words and Music by Tom Lehrer
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It was made at my SAC bomb wing in 1963
25 December 1998 | by darnhankSee all my reviews

Many of the group scenes and all exterior shots of B52G aircraft were of our own people and aircraft. It seemed very authentic to us crew members at the time. It did not do well at the box office, and that was attributed to by many critics to the fact that the general public did not find the premise very credible. It now can be viewed as a quite realistic representation of nuclear bombers during the height of the cold war.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,346,500 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color by Pathé)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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