Andrew V McLaglen (1969)

U Certificate


Our Score
In this old-style action movie, John Wayne douses oilfield fires while trying to dampen the passion his daughter (Katharine Ross) feels for his young partner (Jim Hutton). Based on the exploits of firefighter Red Adair, the film's technical adviser, it would have suited Howard Hawks; sadly, Andrew V McLaglen's effort hardly sets the world alight with its perfunctory action and tacked-on romance. Vera Miles, who was Wayne's love interest in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, here plays his ex-wife, while buffs will spot the similarities between this and the 1998 asteroid epic, Armageddon.


The leader of a crack team of firefighters regularly puts his life on the line to extinguish blazing oil wells. However, his personal feelings start to get in the way when his beloved daughter falls for one of his colleagues. Adventure, starring John Wayne, Katharine Ross, Jim Hutton and Bruce Cabot.

Cast & Crew

Chance Buckman John Wayne
Tish Buckman Katharine Ross
Greg Parker Jim Hutton
Madelyn Buckman Vera Miles
Jack Lomax Jay C Flippen
Joe Horn Bruce Cabot
George Harris Edward Faulkner
Irene Foster Barbara Stuart
Colonel Valdez Edmund Hashim
Amal Bokru Valentin de Vargas
Madame Loo Frances Fong
General Lopez Alberto Morin
Harry York Alan Caillou
Director Andrew V McLaglen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdGuidance: Violence and swearing.Available on: video and DVD