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(YouTube) Video Saturday Cinema - Fate Is the Hunter, 1964 - Glenn Ford oversees an investigation into the long string of tiny events leading up to a jet crash as he tries to clear a pal's name   (youtube.com) divider line 5
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2014-03-15 10:21:19 AM
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Based upon a best selling 1961novel by a pilot, this film received mixed reviews but played regularly on television in the 60s and early 70s.  As you can see from the trailer, the director chose to play up the love triangle in the story, rather than the 'plane as a character'.

Film pilots always have the best names. Pilot Jack Savage is suspected of drinking and causing an airliner crash that kills 53 people and leaves a flight attendant as the only survivor and witness.. The deceased captain's wartime colleague, now a manager, believes in his friend's innocence. So, we follow Glen Ford in his conversations with all and sundry as flashbacks take us through events leading up to the crash, and a test flight to recreate the conditions.

Ford is good as always and manages to convey the tension in him believably. As an employee of the airlines, he needs to protect the company but as the dead pilot's friend, he wants to honour his friendship.

Author Ernest K. Gann so disliked the film that he asked to have his name removed from the credits. "They obliged and, as a result, I deprived myself of the TV residuals, a medium in which the film played interminably." In fact, you can see a clip of this film in the spoof Airplane! Martin Camden, the pilot-turned-writer who eventually created the Six Million Dollar Man, was a fan of the book.

As one IMDBer put it: Imperfect, and not even remotely true to Gann's aviation classic upon which it is purportedly based, Fate is the Hunter is nonetheless a fine and compelling film.

Wiki reports that no airframe manufacturer or airline was willing to cooperate in the production of the film. So some DC-7(B)s was modified to give the appearance of a modern jet, but using external parts from a variety of aircraft. An area of the Twentieth Century Fox back lot was redressed for use as a various airport facilities throughout the film. Apparently the plane became a staple prop used by the studio throughout the 60s.

Film music fans should also listen for an early score by Jerry Goldsmith.

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2014-03-15 12:38:43 PM
Very good book.  It spans from Gann's training as a commercial pilot (he was a biplane barnstormer) in the '30s to his retirement in the late '50s.

If I'm not mistaken, the crash that motivates this movie was based on a design/maintenance defect in the tail of the DC-4.  Gann's plane should have gone down in a death spiral but for his impatience that made him fly the plane in just the right conditions to avoid that fate (hence the name of the book).  This story is the last chapter.

The plot of the movie appears nowhere in the book.
 
2014-03-15 05:09:34 PM

Lord Jubjub: Very good book.  It spans from Gann's training as a commercial pilot (he was a biplane barnstormer) in the '30s to his retirement in the late '50s.

If I'm not mistaken, the crash that motivates this movie was based on a design/maintenance defect in the tail of the DC-4.  Gann's plane should have gone down in a death spiral but for his impatience that made him fly the plane in just the right conditions to avoid that fate (hence the name of the book).  This story is the last chapter.

The plot of the movie appears nowhere in the book.


Came here to say that. Having read the book first, I found the movie to be typical of Hollywoods inability to portray a technical subject, and a different story altogether from the book. The book is a terrific read, well worth finding a copy for your library. Also available on Open Library.
 
2014-03-15 06:17:49 PM
Who got their TotalFark in my Fark Lite?

Can't be seen but still smells like shiat.
 
2014-03-15 09:27:38 PM
I found the movie to be entertaining, even with the flaws, and a fun "mystery" to try and solve along with the protagonist.   (spoiler ahead) You would think though, that no pilot would balance his coffee cup on a console like that during takeoff... during cruise, maybe, but pilots are All Business for a take-off.
 
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