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A Gathering of Eagles (1963)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 21 June 1963 (USA)
During the Cold War, Air Force Colonel Jim Caldwell shapes up his Strategic Air Command B-52 wing to pass a nuclear war readiness test.

Director:

Delbert Mann

Writers:

Robert Pirosh (screenplay), Sy Bartlett (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... Col. Jim Caldwell
Rod Taylor ... Col. Hollis Farr
Mary Peach ... Victoria Caldwell
Barry Sullivan ... Col. Bill Fowler
Kevin McCarthy ... Gen. 'Happy Jack' Kirby
Henry Silva ... Col. Joe Garcia
Leora Dana ... Mrs. Evelyn Fowler
Robert Lansing ... Sgt. Banning
Richard Anderson ... Col. Ralph Josten
Richard LePore Richard LePore ... Sgt. Kemler
Robert Bray ... Lt. Col. Gales
Jim Bannon ... Col. Morse
Nelson Leigh ... Gen. Aymes
Russ Bender ... Col. Torrance
John McKee John McKee ... Maj. Travis
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Storyline

Rock Hudson plays an Air Force Colonel who has just been re-assigned as a cold war B-52 commander who must shape up his men to pass a grueling inspection that the previous commander had failed, and had been fired for. He is also recently married, and as a tough commanding officer doing whatever he has to do to shape his men up, his wife sees a side to him that she hadn't seen before. Written by Roger Dearnaley <roger@paperart.com>

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Taglines:

THE HIGHER THEY FLY...THE FASTER THEY LIVE! THEY CAN'T SLOW UP EVEN FOR LOVE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Gathering of Eagles See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,346,500 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color by Pathé)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Gavin was originally sought for the Rod Taylor part. See more »

Goofs

In several scenes, flight line maintenance personnel and command staff officers are not wearing hearing protectors while standing near jet aircraft with running engines. Air Force policy requires personnel to wear hearing protection while around operating engines to prevent permanent hearing damage caused by the extremely loud, high-pitched sound produced by jet engines. See more »

Quotes

Col. Hollis Farr: [Singing "The SAC Song" by Tom Lehrer] Here at SAC we're filled with pride There's just one thing we can't decide Which we'd rather be clobbered by-- An enemy attack or ORI! Our wing commander's got a racket, But sometimes it's hard to hack it, Whenever he gets his wife alone, Ding-a-ling-aling goes the little red phone! Oh we start a seven day alert, For a week we will not see a skirt, But we know it's part of SAC's main goal, To test our positive control! Absence makes the heart grow fonder, ...
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Connections

Edited into Columbo: The Most Crucial Game (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sac Song
Words and Music by Tom Lehrer
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The Movie was very good
30 November 2006 | by ridercoachretSee all my reviews

I was stationed at Beale AFB, California when the Movie "A GATHERING OF EAGLES" was filmed, and watched much of the filming. I was the crew chief on B-52G #6515 (cannot give the rest of the tail number) I spent many hours on the alert pad. And if you have never had that experience of answering to the call in the middle of the night to a klaxon from a sound sleep to running to your fast ride vehicle and being prepared to launch your aircraft and flight-crew, Then you don't what being a proud B-52G Crew Chief is like. All of the people in SAC had special jobs. I'm honored to have served with the greatest command in the world. Therefore I rate the movie very high. After the film about a year later I worked on the Aircraft that they used for the movie. I still have some local news paper articles and pictures from the filming. I went to Beale last year "2006" for an air show and got to go out on the hardstand where my air plane was parked many times. I read and agree with one of the people about the hot brakes. Also a scene where the so called fuel was coming out of the main entry hatch. The real crew chief was standing up inside the aircraft pouring water out of a bucket to simulate the fuel. I'm trying to get a copy of the movie in DVD or VHF. I would be glad to help with copies of the news paper articles. I would like to find someone else that was in the 456th OMS at Beale during the filming that was a crew chief or a ground crew member on the B-52G's

Thank you

Jerry


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