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The story of macho oil well firefighters and their wives.


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Chance Buckman
Tish Buckman
Greg Parker
Madelyn Buckman
Jack Lomax
Joe Horn
George Harris
Irene Foster
Colonel Valdez
Amal Bokru (as Valentin De Vargas)
Frances Fong ...
Madame Loo
General Lopez
Harry York
Helen Meadows
John Alderson ...
Jim Hatch
Dr. Songla
Chris Chandler ...
Houston TV Reporter
William Hardy
Howard Finch ...
Ed 'Cal' Calhoun
Richard 'Cactus' Pryor ...
Chance's Doctor (as Cactus Pryor)
Big John Hamilton ...
Elizabeth Germaine
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ...
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Robert Buckingham ...
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Senor Caldez (uncredited)
Hernando (uncredited)
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ...
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Kathryn Janssen ...
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Bobby Johnson ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Firefighter in Plane (uncredited)
Caddie (uncredited)
Mr. Chapman (uncredited)

Directed by

Andrew V. McLaglen

Written by

Clair Huffaker ... (screenplay)

Produced by

Robert Arthur ... producer

Music by

Leonard Rosenman

Cinematography by

William H. Clothier ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Folmar Blangsted

Art Direction by

Frank Arrigo
Alexander Golitzen

Set Decoration by

John McCarthy Jr. ... (set decorations) (as John McCarthy)
James Redd ... (set decorations) (as James S. Redd)

Costume Design by

Edith Head

Makeup Department

Larry Germain ... hair stylist
Bud Westmore ... makeup artist

Production Management

Bob Larson ... unit production manager (as Robert E. Larson)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Terry Morse Jr. ... assistant director
Robin S. Clark ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Joe Florence ... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Harry F. Hogan ... third assistant director (uncredited)
Ted Swanson ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department

Lyle Cain ... sound
Ronald Pierce ... sound
Waldon O. Watson ... sound

Special Effects by

Fred Knoth ... special effects
Whitey Krumm ... special effects crew (Uncredited)
Whitey McMahon ... special effects (as Whitey McMahan)
Herman E. Townsley ... special effects (as Herman Townsley)

Visual Effects by

Albert Whitlock ... matte supervisor


Hal Needham ... stunt coordinator
Stan Barrett ... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Bullock ... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Burk ... stunts (uncredited)
Roydon Clark ... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Combs ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Courtney ... stunts (uncredited)
Everett Creach ... stunts (uncredited)
Alan Gibbs ... stunts (uncredited)
Gary McLarty ... stunts (uncredited)
Hal Needham ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... stunts (uncredited)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. ... stunts (uncredited)
Rock A. Walker ... stunts (uncredited)
Robert Warner ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

John R. Hamilton ... still photographer
Robert Berry ... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)

Music Department

Joseph Gershenson ... music supervisor
Larry Bunker ... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Herman Clebanoff ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Manuel Compinsky ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Vince De Rosa ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
David Duke ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Dominick Fera ... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Ralph Ferraro ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Sam Freed Jr. ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Caesar Giovannini ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Dave Grusin ... musician: organ (uncredited)
Robert Helfer ... music contractor (uncredited)
Alton Hendrickson ... musician: banjo (uncredited)
Norman Herzburg ... musician: bassoon (uncredited)
Anatol Kaminsky ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Nathan Kaproff ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Manny Klein ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Abe Luboff ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Alfred Lustgarten ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Edgar Lustgarten ... musician: cello (uncredited)
Peter Mercurio ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Richard Nash ... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Erno Neufeld ... musician: violin (uncredited)
John Neufeld ... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Joe Porcaro ... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Dorothy Remsen ... musician: harp (uncredited)
Howard Roberts ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Leonard Rosenman ... conductor (uncredited)
Ambrose Russo ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Victor Sazer ... musician: cello (uncredited)
Gene Sherry ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Manuel Stevens ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Sheridon Stokes ... musician: flute (uncredited)
Tommy Tedesco ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Lloyd Ulyate ... musician: trombone (uncredited)

Additional Crew

'Red' Adair ... technical advisor: of the Red Adair Wild Well Control Company: upon whose personal experiences are based many of the incidents in this motion picture and whose technical help enabled us to re-create them
Bob Forrest ... dialogue coach
'Boots' Hansen ... technical advisor: of The Red Adair Wild Well Control Company: upon whose personal experiences are based many of the incidents in this motion picture and whose technical help enabled us to re-create them
'Coots' Matthews ... technical advisor: of The Red Adair Wild Well Control Company: upon whose personal experiences are based many of the incidents in this motion picture and whose technical help enabled us to re-create them
Orin Borsten ... publicist (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines The Toughest Hellfighter Of All! [Australia Theatrical] See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Les feux de l'enfer (France)
  • Die Unerschrockenen (Germany)
  • Los luchadores del infierno (Spain)
  • Luptătorii infernului (Romania)
  • Oi floges tis kolaseos (Greece)
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  • 121 min
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Budget $6,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Vera Miles (born August 1929), who portrayed Madelyn Buckman, was only 10 years older than Katharine Ross (born January 1940), who portrayed Tish Buckman, Madelyn's daughter. See more »
Goofs During the office scenes, looking through the office window, obvious toy cars were used to simulate the highway (that could be seen from outside when the helicopter first landed). See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Walk Like a Man (2007). See more »
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 »
Quotes Chance Buckman: Exactly WHAT did you tell her about Madame Loo?
Greg Parker: Only that she's 80 years old, weighs 300 pounds and is one of your oldest friends.
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