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Fate Is the Hunter (1964)

An airline executive refuses to believe that pilot error, by his friend, caused a fatal crash and persists in looking for another reason.

Director:

Ralph Nelson

Writers:

Ernest K. Gann (book), Harold Medford (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Ford ... Sam McBane
Nancy Kwan ... Sally Fraser
Rod Taylor ... Captain Jack Savage
Suzanne Pleshette ... Martha Webster
Jane Russell ... Jane Russell
Wally Cox ... Ralph Bundy
Nehemiah Persoff ... Ben Sawyer
Mark Stevens ... Mickey Doolan
Max Showalter ... Dan Crawford
Constance Towers ... Peg Burke
Howard St. John ... Mark Hutchins
Robert J. Wilke ... Stillman (as Robert Wilke)
Bert Freed ... Dillon
Dort Clark ... Ted Wilson
Mary Wickes ... Mrs. Llewlyn
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Storyline

An airliner crashes near Los Angeles due to an unusual string of coincidences. A stewardess, who is the sole survivor, joins airline executives in discovering the causes of the crash. Written by Arthur H. Olsen <102526.2017@compuserve.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

You have a date with fate! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Thriller | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1964 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Fate Is the Hunter See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,525,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Arcola Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Although Ernest K. Gann, who wrote the book on which the film was based, later claimed he was reportedly so unhappy with the film that he demanded his name be removed. See more »

Goofs

During the flashback to the CBI when Ford and Taylor were in the AAF, the C-54 parked has the national insignia (star and bar) located on the nose. AAF aircraft in the CBI did not have the insignia located in that position. A later shot shows the aircraft from a distance, and it has the insignia both on the nose and the aft fuselage (which is where it should be). (It should be noted that the shots of the model when they are flying doesn't have the insignia on the nose). See more »

Quotes

Capt. Jack Savage: When your number's up, why fight it, right? And if its not, why worry about it?
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Connections

Referenced in JAG: Pilot Error (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Fate Is the Hunter
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Lyrics by Don Wolf
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User Reviews

Good, Intelligent 1960s Film
26 July 2005 | by mrb1980See all my reviews

This is a fine film about an airliner crash and its later repercussions. Glenn Ford brings his usual earnestness to his role as an airline executive determined to discover the cause of the crash, which killed its pilot and his good friend (Rod Taylor). Reports that Taylor had been drinking only make Ford more determined to get to the bottom of the mystery. Top cast works well with an intelligent script, which unfortunately gets a little slow and talky near the middle of the movie. The flashback scenes with Ford, Taylor, Jane Russell and Wally Cox are extremely well done, and Dorothy Malone gives a fine, uncredited performance. Perfect TV fare, good for folks who like movies from the mid-1960s era.

PS--Isn't that Joe Patridge as the First Officer at the beginning of the movie?


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