The Hunters (1958)




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Directed with crisp efficiency by Dick Powell, The Hunters is a romantic melodrama with an aviation angle. Robert Mitchum plays veteran Air Force pilot Maj. Cleve Saville, in charge of a group of young flyboys in 1952 Korea. Among the men under Saville's command are cocksure Lt. Ed Peil (Robert Wagner) and timorous Lt. Abbott (Lee Phillips). Much against his better judgment, Saville falls in love with Abbott's gorgeous wife Kris (Mai Britt). When Abbott crashes behind enemy lines, Saville and Peil are sent out to rescue the downed pilot-and Peil has an inkling of the Major's feelings towards Mrs. Abbott. During their grueling journey back to their own lines, both Peil and Abbott benefit from the military expertise of the no-nonsense Saville, who knows where and when to separate his private life from his responsibilities. Distinguished by excellent aerial sequences, The Hunters is adapted from the novel by James Salter. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Robert Mitchum
as Maj. Cleve Saville
Robert Wagner
as Lt. Ed Pell
May Britt
as Kristina `Kris' Abbott
Richard Egan
as Col. Dutch Imil, CO 54th Fighter Group
Lee Philips
as Lt. Carl Abbott
John Gabriel
as Lt. Corona
Stacy Harris
as Col. `Monkey' Moncavage
Victor Sen Yung
as Korean farmer
Candace Lee
as Korean Child
Leon Lontoc
as Casey Jones
John Doucette
as Sergeant
Vinnie DeCarlo
as Korean Bartender
Larry Thor
as Capt. Owynby
Ralph Manza
as Gifford
Jon Mikl Thor
as Capt. Owynby
Nobu McCarthy
as Japanese Clerk
Nina Shipman
as WAF lieutenant
Alena Murray
as Mrs. Mason
Jay Jostyn
as Maj. Dark
Robert Reed
as Jackson
Jimmy Baya
as Greek Sergeant
John Caler
as Officer
Bob Olen
as Officer
Mae Maeshire
as Package Wrapper
Frank Kumagai
as Headwaiter
Chiyoko Tota Baker
as Sukiaki Girl
Kam Tong
as Red Chinese Officer
Mary Song
as Korean Woman
James Yagi
as Doorman
Whamok Kim
as Korean Woman
Mabel Lim
as Korean Woman
Frank Tang
as Chinese Officer
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Critic Reviews for The Hunters

All Critics (2)

Thrilling air combats, a good performance from Robert Wagner as a young stinker-hero, but long, tedious patches in between.

Jul 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Standard issue Korean War drama.

Aug 26, 2010 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hunters

Standard Korean War actioner with a good cast and good photography. Robert Wagner flings the 50's lingo around like a hepcat which dates the movie more than anything.

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