| John Wayne brings movie star gusto to Hellfighters,
the fictional story of the premier oil well fire fighters. Based on the actual exploits of
legendary fire man Red Adair and others, the film captures the intensity with which these
characters attack their work and their personal lives.
Chance Buckmans the man. You got a fire at your oil field, Chance will blow it out for you as slick and neat as a match after lighting a cigarette. Hell minimize the danger and damage too. Buckmans boys are rough and ready. At a moments notice its jump out of the sack and into the field. Battling fires is their rush and the passion with which they embrace their work often means family turmoil. With a team of veterans and a cocky heir apparent, Buckman rules the roost with an iron fist and a sense of humor.
When Buckman is injured at a
fire, his friends contact his long estranged daughter. She arrives on the hospital scene
and before you can rub two sticks together, shes hot for fighting fires and other
things. Before Hellfighters resolves its plot lines, Buckman renews his passion for his
former wife and deals with the realities of being a Dad. None of its very deep but
it is consistently entertaining. Director Andrew V. McLaglen makes sure the fires ignite
at a regular interval.