Hellfighters (1968)





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Movie Info

John Wayne stars as Chance Buckman, a thrill-seeker who accepts a job fighting oil well fires. Vera Miles plays his ex-wife Madelyn, who can't abide by his love of danger.

Rating: G
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Jon Frankel, Siobhan Dunne, Clair Huffaker, Clair Huffman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 5, 1999



as Chance Buckman

as Greg Parker

as Tish Buckman

as Madelyn Buckman

as Jack Lomax

as Joe Horn

as Zamora

as Helen Meadows

as George Harris

as Irene Foster

as Col.Valdez

as Madame Loo

as Gen.Lopez

as Harry York

as Jim Hatch

as Dr. Songla

as Gumdrop

as Senor Caldez

as Firefighter in airpl...

as Chance's Doctor

as Amal Bokru
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Critic Reviews for Hellfighters

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Our indestructible Duke again has made actionful, if not stirringly meaningful, child's play of exotic disasters.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

A slow moving, talkative, badly plotted bore.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 13, 2007

The Duke is an oil-fire fighter running around the world putting out blazes.

Full Review… | May 4, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A dull adventure tale about macho men who fight oil fires.

Full Review… | November 10, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Blazingly colorful Duke Wayne actioner.

November 1, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Audience Reviews for Hellfighters

This is a very entertaining film. Some of the acting of Jim Hutton & Katharine 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 Chance Buckman's (John Wayne) 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 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.
This is the first time I ever saw Jim Hutton (father of actor Timothy Hutton) in this action-adventure film.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

A lumbering exercise in machismo, this films sees a series of oil fires/explosions tackled by John Wayne in overalls and no plot. Frankly, it's bores in the same way common to most disaster movies of the 70s. The Duke's forays into other genres are generally best avoided.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Katharine Ross reportedly referred to this movie as the biggest piece of crap she;d ever made.

While that sentiment is a bit harsh, there's little to recommend beyond a few trademark quips from the duke.

Watch True Grit instead

Chip Hall

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