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Hellfighters Reviews

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½ June 2, 2016
Long, boring, difficult to sit through.
½ August 12, 2015
Excellent action film...
June 14, 2015
Loved everything about it! Great characters, wonderful plot, and completely John Wayne
½ July 29, 2014
So it's not great a great movie but it does have John Wayne in it so it's not all bad. Wayne is one of those incredible Hollywood actors that made it really big but I've never really been able to fathom out why. Here, he really is the classic caricature of himself. It's all there. The walk, the voice, the attitude, the lot. He even gets to wear a cowboy hat in a scene despite playing a 'Red' Adair inspired oil well fire fighter. The plot really is pretty dull with the fire fighting scenes doing little to add tension or excitement which is a real lost opportunity I feel. The whole film has the feel of a tedious soap opera that lumbers along trying to be epic and melodramatic and actually looking cheap and dowdy. Katherine Ross and Jim Hutton add nothing to the proceedings as the young love interests although I must admit, I did rather like Vera Miles as Wayne's estranged wife. This is a cliché riddled, plodding and, frankly, rather dull movie that probably cost more to make than it should have and really hasn't aged well at all.
July 20, 2014
Another essential John Wayne film from the 60's/70's era. The periods between the fire fighting can be a bit of a bore. But the firefighting scenes are worth a look.
January 16, 2014
At a time when we needed a distraction from the real world, this movie filled the bill nicely...
August 30, 2013
My all time favorite John Wayne movie! Well... maybe Donovan's Reef. Well it is in the top 2 ha ha. It is just a fun romp through the fictionalized life of a true hero Red Adair.
½ May 19, 2013
John Wayne always can rely on one of his films to be good
March 3, 2013
I liked it. I don't know why the critics didn't
½ December 28, 2012
Finally seen it. Based on legend Red Adair.
December 7, 2012
Will have to watch this one. Not necassarily good or bad. Will see. Want to watch!
October 11, 2012
out of about 50 or more movies of his that i own this one among all others was not a disappointment.
October 7, 2012
All of the critics who shot this movie full of holes are calloused and did not let this movie be what it is, a John Wayne action movie. Lighten up boy's!
½ August 23, 2012
True Grit and Oil Fire what could be better. There are people that actually do this thing, can you believe it
June 23, 2012
Too long a film considering how simple the plot is. I felt that the film repeated itself over and over. Still it was a decent watch for a Wayne fan like myself.
½ November 25, 2011
A film for those in the oil patch. Noted for it's technical advisors. Boots Hansen, Coots Matthews, and Red Adair. The movie is more of an industry specific film. It showcases the dangers of the wild wells, and the people who fight to get the devil under control.
November 21, 2011
Pretty good. Nice to see John Wayne in this kind of role.
May 30, 2011
One of the weakest John Wayne films I've seen. Poor plot and dialogue. The best thing about it was learning the tactics used to fight oil well fires.
½ March 24, 2011
Not a bad idea for a movie, but the script is lousy. Parts of it are plainly awful and border on oil-rig porn. The film makes the mistake of assuming that watching people turn off oil fires is cinematic.
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