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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

John Wayne was still advertising cigarettes in this film, four years after losing a lung. See more »

Goofs

Madelyn picks up Tish from the airport. Tish changes her mind and needs to go back. When Madelyn throws the car in reverse, the rear projection showing the traffic behind them shows the car going backwards before the actual car supposedly starts moving. See more »

Quotes

Jack Lomax: There's no mystery. There just seems to be.
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Crazy Credits

The cast list in the opening titles lists six actors not found in the closing credits, but not Louie, Bebe, who is found in the end list. See more »

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The Duke battles blazing Texas Tea.
20 September 1999 | by yenloSee all my reviews

One thing about John Wayne movies are the great first names he always had in them. Singin Sandy, Spig, Taw, John Henry, Cord, Rockwell, Rooster, Wedge. This ones no exception "Chance" Chance Buckman played by Wayne is the CEO of a company that fights fires. Oil well fires that is. Along with a number of character actors in supporting roles who teamed with the Duke in many of his films. The action is plenty and the story entertaining. The women in this movie are there as the faithful ladies whose husbands battle the flaming liquid from the bowels of the earth.

No film had been made about oil well fire fighters so this made it an original. This is one of those movies that would excite a person to the point of saying "That's the life for me. Good pay, travel, good-looking women all the time. A job of never ending excitement'! Don't miss this John Wayne classic. Also don't miss an A&E documentary about the real exploits of Oil Well Fire Fighters.


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