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This film has all the things you look for in a John Wayne movie and then some.

Chance Buckman (John Wayne) is an oil well firefighter fashioned after the famous Red Adair an actual earlier oil fire fighter of great fame. He is separated from his wife (Vera Miles) as she quinces every time he goes near a fire and can not take it. His daughter Tish (Katharine Ross) does not have that problem, however her mother thinks it is only a matter of time if she ever marries one of that kind. Perchance she does go to an oil fire and is impressed with one of the men working for Chance. And the inevitable happens.

The big one comes as an oil field fire in South America happens.

Can chance handle it with out extra help?

The question will be can Tish Handle the stress?

What is Tish's mother going to do about this?

I do not want to go too much into detail but a memorable John Wayne moment is when he is in his "red" outfit designed to be seen on the job, a television announcer pushes his way in and asks if wearing a RED suit is just fancy showmanship? And causes a negative mishap.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 19 February 2013
Hellfighters is directed by Andrew V. Mclaglen and written by Clair Huffaker. It stars John Wayne, Jim Hutton, Katharine Ross, Vera Miles, Jay C. Flippen, Bruce Cabot, Barbara Stuart and Edward Faulkner. Music is by Leonard Rosenman and cinematography by William H. Clothier. Plot follows a group of oil well fire fighters led by Chance Buckman (Wayne), it pitches them into action while also showing the strain on the family life. It's based on real life oil well fire fighter Red Adair who served as one of the advisers on the film.

Too long at two hours in length, and spending too much time on family strife yet still managing to under write the ladies of the piece, Hellfighters has invariably over the years garnered mixed reactions. It's not a great film, but it is exciting in parts (the fire fighting is very well done) and it does give us an adequate glimpse into the work that the brave oil well fire fighters do.

Narrative is strung together in simple fashion. A fire somewhere in the world needs capping, so Chance Buckman and his loyal men go off and do their stuff, then comes a period of family strife in the form of Buckman's wife and daughter, the first is estranged, the latter just married to Chance's right hand man (Hutton), and then onto the next fire, family strife, next fire and etc etc. It's hardly rich story telling, but the cast are engaging enough to make the screenplay work and then it's the finale, where a series of fires need capping in Venezuela, all while the boys are under fire from Guerrillas because it's a hot zone of another type! And then? Well it's just as you would expect for a John Wayne hero adventure movie.

It has faults but it's honest with them, and there's plenty enough to enjoy and admire regardless. 7/10
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on 16 April 2011
great fan of john wayne films,but why is this 2006 release not 16.9 enhanced widescreen and just plain old 4.3 letterbox from universal,shame could have been
better viewing if it was.Also back cover states this film is mono but it is in stereo.
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on 11 September 2005
I saw this movie on TV years ago and it is one of John Wayne's best.This is loosly based on the life of Texan Oilwell fire expert Red Adair, who died not long ago.Jim Hutton is his sidekick, with Bruce Cabot and Vera Lynn his ex wife.I loved this movie and still play it often. The DVD edition brings a clear sharp picture and the soundtrack is great.The team travel the world putting out oil and gas fires and there are some terrific sequences, including the fire in Malasia and the final one in Venezuela.Along the way, we get to see thier life and loves, predictably with John (Chance Buckman) getting back with his ex wife.I'm sure you will enjoy it.
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on 24 February 2013
The picture quality is excellent on this Swedish Blu-Ray. Picture is 1080i 2.35:1 but the picture quality is excellent with good detail and contrast. A massive leap up from DVD versions
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This film has all the things you look for in a John Wayne movie and then some.

Chance Buckman (John Wayne) is an oil well firefighter fashioned after the famous Red Adair an actual earlier oil fire fighter of great fame. He is separated from his wife (Vera Miles) as she quinces every time he goes near a fire and can not take it. His daughter Tish (Katharine Ross) does not have that problem, however her mother thinks it is only a matter of time if she ever marries one of that kind. Perchance she does go to an oil fire and is impressed with one of the men working for Chance. And the inevitable happens.

The big one comes as an oil field fire in South America happens.

Can chance handle it with out extra help?

The question will be can Tish Handle the stress?

What is Tish's mother going to do about this?

I do not want to go too much into detail but a memorable John Wayne moment is when he is in his "red" outfit designed to be seen on the job, a television announcer pushes his way in and asks if wearing a RED suit is just fancy showmanship? And causes a negative mishap.
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This film has all the things you look for in a John Wayne movie and then some.
Chance Buckman (John Wayne) is an oil well firefighter fashioned after the famous Red Adair an actual earlier oil fire fighter of great fame. He is separated from his wife (Vera Miles) as she quinces every time he goes near a fire and can not take it. His daughter Tish (Katharine Ross) does not have that problem, however her mother thinks it is only a matter of time if she ever marries one of that kind. Perchance she does go to an oil fire and is impressed with one of the men working for Chance. And the inevitable happens.
The big one comes as an oil field fire in South America happens.
Can chance handle it with out extra help?
The question will be can Tish Handle the stress?
What is Tish’s mother going to do about this?
I do not want to go too much into detail but a memorable John Wayne moment is when he is in his “red” outfit designed to be seen on the job, a television announcer pushes his way in and asks if wearing a RED suit is just fancy showmanship? And causes a negative mishap.
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on 22 February 2011
I had this film years ago on VHS and my daughter requested that I get it for her on DVD - too young to know what a VHS is!. The film quality was great and it brought by many happy memories. I received this in perfect condition as stated by the seller and within the promised timeframe. Really pleased (as so is my daughter) who now knows that there can be film other than "gore and horror"
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on 9 November 2015
This is a great John Wayne movie (hence the 2 stars) but this version is really small screen, its a little square in the middle of the tv screen, not at all what I expected or wanted. It probably sets this somewhere on the ad, but its not prominent, I certainly never saw it, and I can understand why, cause if I had known, I wouldn't have bought it.

My advice AVOID< go elsewhere and get a version which at least fills your tv screen normally.
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on 11 October 2010
I already had this film on Video, a typical John Wayne movie, John Wayne fans will recognise most of the cast from other classics, Undefeated, Green Berets, El Dorado etc. I am a confirmed fan of the Duke but I still can't get used to watching him in modern dress without his horse and cowboy hat!
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