as Chance Buckman
as Greg Parker
as Tish Buckman
as Madelyn Buckman
as Jack Lomax
as Joe Horn
as Helen Meadows
as George Harris
as Irene Foster
as Amal Bokru
as Colonel Valdez
as Madame Loo
as General Lopez
as Harry York
as Jim Hatch
as Dr. Songla
as Senor Caldez
as Firefighter in airplane
as Chance's Doctor
as Ed 'Cal' Calhoun
Critic Reviews for Hellfighters
Our indestructible Duke again has made actionful, if not stirringly meaningful, child's play of exotic disasters.
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.
The Duke is an oil-fire fighter running around the world putting out blazes.
Blazingly colorful Duke Wayne actioner.
Audience Reviews for Hellfighters
Not the best Wayne out there (wink wink)! Movie seems to be edited weird. Talking...then BLAM! your off to a fire. I wonder how much fuel was used to make this movie? A lot of the fires seem to be actual big fires....damn the '60-'70's must have been nice. Go ahead waste natural resources...we got plenty of 'em. Let the future people worry about their stupid future problems. And where are these kinda people now....could use a bad-ass to perhaps stop a certain spill!
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.
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
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