The Hunters

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Overview

With its electrifying flight sequences and high-powered cast, The Hunters is a mesmerizing film based on the best-selling novel by veteran fighter pilot James Salter. Set during the height of the Korean War, the story centers on Major Cleve Saville (Robert Mitchum), a master of the newly operational F-86 Sabre fighter jets. But adept as he is at flying, Saville¹s personal life takes a nosedive when he falls in love with his wingman¹s (Lee Philips) beautiful wife (May Britt). To make matters worse, Saville must cope with a loud-mouthed rookie (Robert Wagner) in a daring rescue mission that threatens all their lives in this well-crafted war drama.

  1. James Salter

    Novel

  2. Dick Powell

    Director

  3. Wendell Mayes

    Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. Robert Mitchum

    Robert Mitchum

    Major Cleve Saville

  2. Robert Wagner

    Robert Wagner

    Lt. Ed Pell

  3. Richard Egan

    Richard Egan

    Colonel Dutch Imil, CO 54th Fighter Group

  4. May Britt

    May Britt

    Kristina 'Kris' Abbott

  5. LP

    Lee Philips

    1st Lt. Carl Abbott

  6. JG

    John Gabriel

    1st Lt. Corona

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 48m

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  • September 1, 1958
    Theatrical

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A review by John Chard

6.0
By John Chard

Love tryst and thundering planes.

Set during the Korean War, this picture features the fine talent of Robert Mitchum as Major Cleve Saville and a young fresh faced Robert Wagner as the cocksure Lt Ed Pell. As the war rages, and the airmen deal with the pressures that come with the service, Saville starts to fall in love with the wife (a very weak May Britt) of one of his men, thus adding further pressures to a company growing weary by the day. The Hunters, based on the novel written by James Salter, is a very solid picture, perhaps bogged down by it's determination to give the picture emotio... read the rest.

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