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Hellfighters

Hellfighters (1968)

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Chance Buckman (John Wayne) heads a team of international trouble shooters who travel around the world to put out oil fires. The dangerous profession has taken a toll on the marriage between Chance and Madelyn (Vera Miles), who leaves when she can no longer endure the stress of saying goodbye and fearing she will never see him again. With his faithful assistant Greg (Jim Hutton), the team is ready at a moments notice to race anywhere to extinguish the flames of oil fires raging out of control.

Jan 5, 1999

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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (6) | DVD (2)

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

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A slow moving, talkative, badly plotted bore.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

June 13, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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The Duke is an oil-fire fighter running around the world putting out blazes.

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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A dull adventure tale about macho men who fight oil fires.

November 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Blazingly colorful Duke Wayne actioner.

November 1, 2004

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.
October 5, 2009
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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.
June 12, 2007
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