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Chance and Greg have to meet Madeline (Vera Miles), Tish's mother and Chance's estranged ex-wife, who divorced Chance when Tish was about five, because she saw Jack Lomax break his back in a fire and end up in a wheelchair for the rest of his life, and she couldn't live with the possibility of the same thing happening to Chance. Chance and Madeline come to the realization that Tish isn't Madeline, she has a lot of her father's qualities too, including being able to stand the idea of the danger Greg is involved in. Plus, Greg and Tish are adults, there's nothing they can do about it.

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Chance and Greg have to meet Madeline (Vera Miles), (Creator/VeraMiles), Tish's mother and Chance's estranged ex-wife, who divorced Chance when Tish was about five, because she saw Jack Lomax break his back in a fire and end up in a wheelchair for the rest of his life, and she couldn't live with the possibility of the same thing happening to Chance. Chance and Madeline come to the realization that Tish isn't Madeline, she has a lot of her father's qualities too, including being able to stand the idea of the danger Greg is involved in. Plus, Greg and Tish are adults, there's nothing they can do about it.


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''Hellfighters'' is a 1968 movie telling the fictional story of an oil well fire fighting company and their prowess in putting out fires, loosely based on the exploits of Red Adair (who helped assist in the production of the film). Creator/JohnWayne, in what is probably one of his best performances, plays Chance Buckman, the owner of the Houston-based Buckman Company, which puts out oil well fires anywhere in the world.

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''Hellfighters'' is a 1968 movie telling the fictional story of an oil well fire fighting company and their prowess in putting out fires, loosely based on the exploits of Red Adair (who helped assist in the production of the film). Creator/JohnWayne, in what is probably one of his best performances, Creator/JohnWayne plays Chance Buckman, the owner of the Houston-based Buckman Company, which puts out oil well fires anywhere in the world.

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* SmokingIsCool: A scene at the Lomax Oil Company Board of Directors meeting where some of the directors are tapping their cigarettes to drop the ash into cute ash trays that have a tiny oil well moving up and down.


The movie opens with an accident at an oil well which causes it to explode into flames. Buckman's secretary Irene is busy rounding up everyone in the company. Chance is on the company plane with his friend Jack Lomax )Jay Flippen) on the way to the Bahamas for a celebration and gambling for New Years; George arrives by company helicopter, and Joe is called on the radiotelephone in his car. Greg Parker (Jim Hutton), Chance's second in command and known for being a lothario who invites women to the oil fires in order to bed them, has to be tracked down to the hotel room in Mexico city of his current paramour.

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The movie opens with an accident at an oil well which causes it to explode into flames. Buckman's secretary Irene is busy rounding up everyone in the company. Chance is on the company plane with his friend Jack Lomax )Jay (Jay Flippen) on the way to the Bahamas for a celebration and gambling for New Years; George arrives by company helicopter, and Joe is called on the radiotelephone in his car. Greg Parker (Jim Hutton), Chance's second in command and known for being a lothario who invites women to the oil fires in order to bed them, has to be tracked down to the hotel room in Mexico city of his current paramour.


The movie opens with an accident at an oil well which causes it to explode into flames. Buckman's secretary Irene is busy rounding up everyone in the company. Chance is on the company plane with his friend Jack Lomax on the way to the Bahamas for a celebration and gambling for New Years; George arrives by company helicopter, and Joe is called on the radiotelephone in his car. Greg Parker (Jim Hutton), Chance's second in command and known for being a lothario who invites women to the oil fires in order to bed them, has to be tracked down to the hotel room in Mexico city of his current paramour.

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The movie opens with an accident at an oil well which causes it to explode into flames. Buckman's secretary Irene is busy rounding up everyone in the company. Chance is on the company plane with his friend Jack Lomax )Jay Flippen) on the way to the Bahamas for a celebration and gambling for New Years; George arrives by company helicopter, and Joe is called on the radiotelephone in his car. Greg Parker (Jim Hutton), Chance's second in command and known for being a lothario who invites women to the oil fires in order to bed them, has to be tracked down to the hotel room in Mexico city of his current paramour.


* KillItWithFire: Inverted; they kill the fires by using explosives to blow them up, eviscerating all the oxygen and causing the fire to extinguish itself.

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* KillItWithFire: Inverted; they kill the fires by using explosives to blow them up, eviscerating evacuating all the oxygen and causing the fire to extinguish itself.

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* BrakeAngrily: Tish comes back from the fire in Venezuela to Houston to ask her mother (who is terrified of oil fires) to ask Chance to come out to the oil well fire to try and extinguish it, only to slam on the brakes while driving from the airport when her mother tells her Jack Lomax has already asked him. She can't be seen doing this, as it would make Greg look weak, so she then immediately backs up in traffic, as she turns around - almost causing an accident - so she can get back on the next flight to Caracas.


Hellfighters is a 1968 movie telling the fictional story of an oil well fire fighting company and their prowess in putting out fires, loosely based on the exploits of Red Adair (who helped assist in the production of the film). Creator/JohnWayne, in what is probably one of his best performances, plays Chance Buckman, the owner of the Houston-based Buckman Company, which puts out oil well fires anywhere in the world.

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''Hellfighters''
is a 1968 movie telling the fictional story of an oil well fire fighting company and their prowess in putting out fires, loosely based on the exploits of Red Adair (who helped assist in the production of the film). Creator/JohnWayne, in what is probably one of his best performances, plays Chance Buckman, the owner of the Houston-based Buckman Company, which puts out oil well fires anywhere in the world.



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* BelligerentSexualTension: Tish and Greg get pretty testy in their first sequence together. They get over it quickly, though.


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* DeadpanSnarker: Chance, Jack, every member of the team, Chance's secretary, and Tish.

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* InnocentlyInsensitive: The reporter in the opening firefight, who causes an accident that injures Chance...and doesn't seem to know when to quit:
--> "Mr. Parker, do you think it's serious?" ''(Gets punched out.)''


* NotWhatItLooksLike: Tish is at an oil fire in Venezuela with Greg when she hears that Chance and Madeline are going to remarry. She hangs up the phone, and sits down, excited, and tells the oilworkers there, "My father is finally going to marry my mother, isn't that great?" One of the men, who has no idea that she means they're getting remarried, says, "That must be very nice." and everyone else there, realizing the guy has completely misunderstood what she meant, break up in laughter.

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* NotWhatItLooksLike: Tish is at an oil fire in Venezuela with Greg when she hears that Chance and Madeline are going to remarry. She hangs up the phone, and sits down, excited, and tells the oilworkers there, "My father is finally going to marry my mother, isn't that great?" One of the men, who has no idea that she means they're getting remarried, says, "That must be very nice." and everyone else there, realizing the guy has completely misunderstood what she meant, break up in laughter.laughter.
* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: When Greg is almost killed during a fire they're fighting, Chance announces he's folding the company to take a position as a director for Lomax Oil, and there's a position for Greg, too. Greg has Tish come join the meeting where he announces he couldn't stand being in a desk job, he'll buy the company, and Tish agrees, even she has money of her own. Chance walks out, saying they can have the company as a wedding present.


The movie is also one of a very tiny number of films of the 1960s where a major character is handicapped, specifically wheelchair-bound.

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The movie is also one of a very tiny number of films of the 1960s where a major character is handicapped, specifically wheelchair-bound.
wheelchair-bound. Jay Flippen, who plays Jack Lomax, was actually handicapped in real life.

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* FourthDateMarriage: Greg flies to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to get Tish so she can possibly see her father in case he dies; their first meeting. A fire breaks out and Tish rangles her way to the fire to see it; this is their second meeting. Tish plays cards against Greg and Joe at their third meeting, and the fourth time Tish and Greg meet, they decide to get married.


* MeetCute: Greg brings a woman picked up on the plane from Mexico City along to the fire. She even admits it was crazy for her to stop off instead of continuing on to Denver. Her seeing the fire and him deciding to go to his trailer for a rest after working on the fire for a while, cause her to follow him to his trailer.

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Greg brings a woman picked up on the plane from Mexico City along to the fire. She even admits it was crazy for her to stop off instead of continuing on to Denver. Her seeing the fire and him deciding to go to his trailer for a rest after working on the fire for a while, cause her to follow him to his trailer.trailer.
** Could be said of Greg meeting Tish since they are rather confrontational and antagonistic toward each other when they first meet, and as time goes by and they learn about the events of Tish and her mother's interactions with Chance, as well as with each other, they become interested enough in each other to get married.

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