Hellfighters has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Like New | Details
Sold by MovieMars
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: Sealed item. Like NEW. 30 Day Satisfaction Guarantee.
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for up to $0.85
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • Hellfighters
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

Hellfighters


List Price: $14.98
Price: $10.09 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
You Save: $4.89 (33%)
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
25 new from $7.44 11 used from $6.14
Amazon Price New from Used from
DVD
"Please retry"
1-Disc Version
$10.09
$7.44 $6.14
$10.09 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Hellfighters + Donovan's Reef + Hatari
Price for all three: $18.09

Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Screen legend John Wayne pays tribute to oil field legend "Red" Adair, as Wayne plays Chance Buckman, a colorful Texan who tames out-of-control infernos in exotic locations around the world. He's joined by a crew that includes Jack Lomax (Jay C. Flippen), Joe Horn (Bruce Cabot), and his assistant, Greg Parker (Jim Hutton). Between blazes Chance "carries the torch" for Madelyn, the wife who left him 20 years earlier because of his dangerous lifestyle, and Greg has his hands full at the poker table and in the bedroom with Chance's spunky daughter, Tish (Katharine Ross).Directed by action veteran, Andrew V. McLaglen, this film features spectacular special effects and exciting locations in Texas and Wyoming. As the Duke said, "I've made a lot of action movies, but never one as exciting as Hellfighters.

Amazon.com

Fans of Armageddon might see one or two resemblances between that 1998 box office hit and Hellfighters, a 1968 action film by Andrew V. McLaglen, one of John Wayne's favorite directors in his late career. (Their joint ventures included Chisum, Cahill: United States Marshal, and McLintock!) Wayne plays an oil well firefighter in the mold of Red Adair, turning up anywhere in the world where a geyser of fire is shooting up from a once-profitable gusher. His right-hand man (Jim Hutton) has questionable judgment about safety matters and is a scoundrel with the ladies--and neither fact is lost on Wayne when Hutton's character marries his long-lost daughter (Katharine Ross, a mere year after The Graduate). The film is an early entry in the disaster-meets-soap-opera genre that flourished in the '70s with such titles as The Towering Infernoand The Poseidon Adventure. McClaglen gets a lot of crackle out of his action scenes (many of the firefighting sequences are still startling in their intensity) and turns twin love stories (Hutton and Ross, Wayne and Vera Miles) into frothy studies of adult manners, with equal hints of Howard Hawks and Sidney Sheldon. The widescreen image on DVD offers viewers a chance to see what was then a developing vogue for gratuitous breadth and scope in all its goofy, self-congratulatory glory. (Is it necessary to look at a golf course the way one might look at an African veldt? Hellfighters says yes!) The DVD also includes production notes and written bios on the stars, plus optional French and Spanish subtitles and an optional Spanish soundtrack. The cast and sundry thrills make this film highly enjoyable, and easily forgivable for indulging in such inanities as a subplot concerning--hold on--Venezuelan terrorists! The Duke lives! --Tom Keogh

Special Features

  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers

  • Product Details

    • Actors: John Wayne, Katharine Ross, Jim Hutton, Vera Miles, Jay C. Flippen
    • Directors: Andrew V. McLaglen
    • Writers: Clair Huffaker
    • Producers: Robert Arthur
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
    • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: G (General Audience)
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: January 5, 1999
    • Run Time: 122 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (349 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: 0783230478
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Hellfighters" on IMDb

    Customer Reviews

    4.7 out of 5 stars

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    44 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Chrijeff VINE VOICE on February 5, 2003
    Format: VHS Tape
    It's fashionable these days (perhaps because of the vogue for "political correctness") to deride John Wayne and all his works, but the fact is that he was among the last actors to stick steadfastly to the notion that movies were, and should remain, family fare. And even though he admitted in so many words, "I play John Wayne in every picture regardless of the character," such a tendency isn't necessarily a handicap: what is important that an actor displaying it be certain that he chooses the right scripts. For Wayne, "The Hellfighters" was one such.
    The film was loosely based on the experiences of Red Adair and his Wild Well Company (they served as technical advisors, and many viewers may remember that twenty years later Adair was still at work, helping to quench the Kuwait oil fires), and chronicles the adventures of Chance Buckman (Wayne) and his Houston-based outfit with a series of fires, gradually building in seriousness and difficulty, tied together by the dual romance of Chance with his long-estranged wife Madelyn Randolph (Miles) and their daughter Tish (Ross) with Chance's young protege Greg Parker (Hutton). (This aspect somewhat echoes those which occur in Wayne's "McLintock," and viewers may enjoy watching the two as a double feature.) Madelyn left Chance many years before when she found she couldn't bear his work, though they kept getting together for some time, and Chance's old friend, oilman Jack Lomax (Jay C. Flippen), flatly states that they've "never been out of love" with each other. When Chance is badly injured at a fire site, Greg tracks down his daughter and brings her to his side, fearing that he may not live.
    Read more ›
    2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
    Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
    Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 2000
    Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
    This movie is fabulous. It is one of my all-time favorites. John Wayne, Katharine Ross & Jim Hutton do a wonderful job.
    Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
    Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
    Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
    16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Duca on April 14, 2003
    Format: DVD
    Loosely based on the life and career of Red Adair, I find this movie a joy to watch not only because I am a big fan of John Wayne, but also because of the fascinating job of being an oil well firefighter. Yeah, there is some soap to it with the love stories between Wayne and Vera Miles as well as Katherine Ross and Jim Hutton, but its not ridiculous or over the top, and I think the stories portrait how such a dangerous profession can have an effect on the families of the men who do it. The friendship between Wayne and Hutton's characters come through, and the play between them will keep you chuckling, especially when their relationship as friends grows to Father-in-law/Son-in-law.
    Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
    Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
    Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
    9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie Fowler on May 1, 2010
    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    Don't think this is a cheap copy of the movie. It's an original DVD version that was rereleased several years ago. I couldn't believe that I had found a new copy. The sound and picture quality were awesome! It was shipped in a timely manner and I would highly reccommend anyone to buy this movie from this seller.
    Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
    Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
    Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Benstarbuck on March 6, 2010
    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    first of all , what a great price for this film . $8.99 at the time of this writing . i'd seen this film a few times over the years but it was always formatted to fit my t.v. . that was a shame because the letterbox aspect ratio really is the way to see this fascinating outing by the Duke and Jim Hutton . i really love John's westerns but also enjoy his pictures outside the western genre . this one is of particular intest to me because i knew nothing of these brave men and their work . other people will write about the films merits . and their right . i'm just really happy to have the picture in my collection now . strongly recommended .
    Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
    Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
    Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Graeme Renwick on August 31, 2006
    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    As one of John Waynes later movies, he show's why he was the "go to man" when a producer wanted to make a hard hitting action movie.

    In this tribute to Red Adair, John Wayne sets the mood and pace right from the opening shots, it is strong in visual action with a combernation of real oil well fire footage and some good special efects (for the day), the movie is an all time favourite of mine and I highly recomend it.
    Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
    Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
    Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jan Peczkis on October 4, 2010
    Format: DVD
    The realities of fighting oil-well fires were brought to public consciousness during the First Gulf War, when Saddam Hussein's forces torched 700 Kuwaiti oil wells. Instead of taking many years to extinguish, it took only a fraction of that time to do so. This movie, however, hearkens back to the 1960's, when the extinguishing of oil-well fires was done with relatively primitive equipment. It shows how oil-well fires were put out then. You may learn a thing or two!

    Buckman (John Wayne) heads a company whose slogan is: "Around the World. Around the Clock". In the movie, they fight fires in oil wells in such places as Louisiana, Calgary, and Malaysia.

    No John Wayne movie would be complete without a fistfight, and this one does not disappoint. Wayne clobbers an Australian firefighter who, having come to help extinguish the Malaysian fire, has no problem drinking to excess the evening before the start of the tricky firefighting operation.

    One subplot of this film is the relationship of Buckman (Wayne) with his estranged wife and daughter. There is an ongoing conflict between Buckman, who wants to keep his relatives out of danger, and his wife and daughter, who want to go to the fires.

    The Buckman team gets the assignment of their lives. They are sent to Venezuela to fight an oil-well fire that had been set by enemy guerrillas. Soon after they arrive, and despite assurances and protections from Venezuelan military and political officials, they face a renewed attack by the enemy guerrillas that leaves their hut peppered with bullet holes, and more oil wells set on fire. In fact, they now face the never-before-encountered challenge of extinguishing and capping five closely-spaced oil fires.
    Read more ›
    Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
    Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
    Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

    Forums

    There are no discussions about this product yet.
    Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
    Start a new discussion
    Topic:
    First post:
    Prompts for sign-in
     

    Set up an Amazon Giveaway

    Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
    Hellfighters
    This item: Hellfighters
    Price: $10.09
    Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

    What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


    Want to discover more products? Check out this page to see more: dvd's with john wayne