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      Hellfighters

      G 1968 2h 1m Adventure List
      13% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 74% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings Chance Buckman (John Wayne) has one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. He, his assistant Greg (Jim Hutton) and his team of skilled firefighters extinguish raging oil field fires all over the world, cheating death every time. Madelyn (Vera Miles), his wife, is tired of worrying about Chance every time he leaves, and their marriage is beginning to fall apart. As Chance falls for Greg's daughter, Tish (Katharine Ross), he must battle both the flames in the field and the ones in his heart. Read More Read Less

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      A.H. Weiler New York Times Our indestructible Duke again has made actionful, if not stirringly meaningful, child's play of exotic disasters. Rated: 1.5/5 May 9, 2005 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times A slow moving, talkative, badly plotted bore. Rated: 1.5/4 Oct 23, 2004 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy The suds from all these soap-opera shenanigans theoretically should have been enough to douse all the fires seen throughout this draggy picture. Rated: 2/4 May 30, 2021 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com All the ingredients (cliches) of the John Wayne hero are here, from commitment to his job as firefighter to a wife who couldn't accept him to a daughter who affects reconciliation. Rated: C Jun 13, 2007 Full Review TV Guide The Duke is an oil-fire fighter running around the world putting out blazes. Rated: 2/4 May 4, 2007 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A dull adventure tale about macho men who fight oil fires. Rated: C- Nov 10, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Neil S Excellent sets, pacing, acting and locations. Very enjoyable drama based on the real life of Red Adair who had been fighting oil fires since 1946. It is about a subject that has not been covered before on film - oil firefighters. informative and interesting. Convincing performances by Hutton and Ross. Great to see veteran actors Bruce Cabot, Jay C. Flippen, Edward Faulkner, Valentin D. Vargas & Barbara Stewart all in the same film. Didn't find this movie boring at all but rather refreshing without the annoying sound track and constant CG of many of todays films. This is not an "Action adventure" film. It is a drama with some laughs. Most mature people will enjoy this film. Sadly, negative reviews were ubiquitous for John Wayne during this period - despite the quality of his films. In an honest review A. H. Weiler of The New York Times wrote that John Wayne made "actionful, if not stirringly meaningful, child's play of exotic disasters" and remarked that "the unrestrained cast and director maintain a welcome sense of humor." Rated 4 out of 5 stars 05/30/23 Full Review Liam D It's well acted but it's an surprisingly dull firefighter drama that had action that feels repetitive Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member I know I'm in the minority, but this is my favorite John Wayne movie. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member The Duke plays his character as over the top as the real Red Adair. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member good, solid entertainment. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Great action packed but older style movie with John Wayne Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Chance Buckman (John Wayne) has one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. He, his assistant Greg (Jim Hutton) and his team of skilled firefighters extinguish raging oil field fires all over the world, cheating death every time. Madelyn (Vera Miles), his wife, is tired of worrying about Chance every time he leaves, and their marriage is beginning to fall apart. As Chance falls for Greg's daughter, Tish (Katharine Ross), he must battle both the flames in the field and the ones in his heart.
      Director
      Andrew V. McLaglen
      Producer
      Robert Arthur
      Screenwriter
      Clair Huffaker
      Production Co
      Universal Pictures
      Rating
      G
      Genre
      Adventure
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 5, 2019
      Runtime
      2h 1m