Hellfighters (1968)



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In this action-adventure release 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.


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.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

A slow moving, talkative, badly plotted bore.

Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 13, 2007 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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

May 4, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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

Nov 10, 2005 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Blazingly colorful Duke Wayne actioner.

Nov 1, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

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
Dean McKenna

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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.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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