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Hellfighters (1968)

The story of macho oil well firefighters and their wives.

Director:

Andrew V. McLaglen

Writer:

Clair Huffaker (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... Chance Buckman
Katharine Ross ... Tish Buckman
Jim Hutton ... Greg Parker
Vera Miles ... Madelyn Buckman
Jay C. Flippen ... Jack Lomax
Bruce Cabot ... Joe Horn
Edward Faulkner ... George Harris
Barbara Stuart ... Irene Foster
Edmund Hashim ... Colonel Valdez
Valentin de Vargas ... Amal Bokru (as Valentin De Vargas)
Frances Fong Frances Fong ... Madame Loo
Alberto Morin ... General Lopez
Alan Caillou ... Harry York
Laraine Stephens ... Helen Meadows
John Alderson John Alderson ... Jim Hatch
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Storyline

The telling of Chance Buckman an oil rig fire fighter who becomes hospitalized and has to come to grips with how his job interfered with his marriage, after being laid up in a hospital bed after an accident with a news man running in front of a bulldozer causing it to swirve into Chance, and forcing him to allow veteran oil fire fighter Greg, a cocky but knowledgeable Greg becoming his son in law and he has to learn tolerance for not being able to control his daughter wanting to visit oil fires and learn how to rekindle the spark that went out with his ex of more than 25 years and the fear of losing her daughter as well as her husband to the oil fighting. Written by Jared Johnson

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The Toughest Hellfighter Of All! [Australia Theatrical] See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

27 November 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hellfighters See more »

Filming Locations:

Conroe, Texas, USA See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 70 mm 6-Track (Australia)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Chance Buckman is based on real-life oil well firefighter 'Red' Adair. See more »

Goofs

During the opening night scene when the oil well fire begins which triggers the action of the story, numerous trees can be seen fairly close to the burning oil well. A few minutes later when Buckman's fire fighters arrive, the burning well is on the banks of a small lake or pond surrounded by oil wells. There isn't a tree within sight of the well. The first scene of the well explosion was clearly shot in a different location. See more »

Quotes

Greg Parker: [after being awakened by a kiss from Tish] What are you doing here?
Chance Buckman: [being awakened by Greg's question] What's Tish doing here?
Madelyn Buckman: That was my idea.
Chance Buckman: Somebody wake me up!
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Crazy Credits

There is a print which has been shown on UK television, an original English language print with English titles, which however includes two frames of opening titles in Italian: the list of technical consultants is headed "Consulenti Tecnici" and the next sheet explaining that the events depicted are based on the real live experiences of those people, is written in Italian. Then the credits revert to English. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Space Travellers (1992) See more »

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Wayne plays Chance Buckman in the mold or spirit of Red Adair
22 May 2004 | by nealmasseySee all my reviews

This is a very entertaining film ... co-staring Jim Hutton, Katherine Ross & Vera Miles. Some of the acting of Hutton & Ross may have been less than one would expect. But the film should be seen keeping mind that this was years before the disaster films of the early seventies like The Poseidon Adventure & The Towering Inferno. It is a fun watch as Buckman's crew travels the world putting out oil well fires while kindling a few fires of their own in the local women. It is fun to watch many of the fire-fighting scenes today and wonder how they pulled this off thirty years ago. It is very John Wayne as can be seen as some of his regulars turn up here, such as Bruce Cabot, Edward Faulkner who were part of his stable. Watch it and enjoy.


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