Hellfighters


2h 1m 1968

Brief Synopsis

While fighting a perilous oil-well fire, a demolition specialist seeks a reconciliation with his wife and daughter.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Action
Adventure
Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
Houston opening: 19 Dec 1968
Production Company
Universal Pictures
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 1m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

When Chance Buckman is badly injured while fighting an oil well fire, his young associate, Greg Parker, takes it upon himself to send for Chance's daughter, Tish. At the hospital where her father is under heavy sedation, Tish learns that her parents separated when she was a child because her mother, Madelyn, found it impossible to adjust to Chance's hazardous occupation. Fascinated by stories of her father's business, Tish accompanies Greg when he is called away to fight a blazing oil well in Louisiana. Upon their return Chance bellows at Greg for summoning Tish but quiets down when Greg tells him that he married Tish that morning. With the arrival of Madelyn, Chance tries to protect Greg by not sending him on dangerous missions, but his son-in-law's arguments are so strong that Chance gives him the business as a wedding present, takes a desk job in Houston, and remarries his ex-wife. Although Tish is apprehensive about Greg's work, she finds it easier to bear if she is with him on his assignments; as a result, she goes with Greg when he is called to Venezuela to extinguish a string of five oil well fires started by guerrillas. Once Greg realizes how great the danger is, he insists that Tish leave the area and fly to Caracas. She instead takes a jet to Houston and asks her mother to permit the much-needed Chance to join in the fight. Aware that Chance detests his desk job, Madelyn not only allows him to go, but she returns to Caracas with Tish. Chance and Greg snuff out the fires while their wives watch from the sidelines. Although still terrified of firefighting, Madelyn, like Tish, finds that she can stand the pressure if she is with her husband.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Action
Adventure
Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
Houston opening: 19 Dec 1968
Production Company
Universal Pictures
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 1m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Quotes

Trivia

The character of Chance Buckman is based on real-life oil well firefighter Red Adair.