- Fate Is the Hunter (film)
name = Fate Is the Hunter
Ernest K. Gann(book) Harold Medford
Glenn Ford Nancy Kwan Rod Taylor
released = 1964
runtime = 106 minutes
country = USA
language = English
imdb_id = 0058091
"Fate Is the Hunter" is a 1964 film about the crash of an airliner and the subsequent investigation. It was nominally based on the bestselling 1961 novel of the same name by
Ernest K. Gann, but the author was so disappointed with the result, he asked to have his name removed from the credits. In his autobiography "A Hostage to Fortune", Gann wrote, "They obliged and as a result I deprived myself of the TV residuals, a medium in which the film played interminably."
The movie starred
Glenn Fordand Nancy Kwanand included performances by Suzanne Pleshette, Rod Taylor, Jane Russell(playing herself entertaining for the USO in a flashbacksequence), and Wally Cox.
Bosley Crowther's "
New York Times" review called it "a stupid, annoying film." [cite web |last = Crowther |first = Bosley |title = 'Fate Is the Hunter' Opens: Film of Plane Crash at Local Theaters; Glenn Ford Is Starred With Nancy Kwan. |publisher = " The New York Times" |date = December 10, 1964|url = http://movies2.nytimes.com/mem/movies/review.html?title1=&title2=Fate%20Is%20the%20Hunter%20%28Movie%29&reviewer=BOSLEY%20CROWTHER&pdate=19641210&v_id=91102]
Pilot Jack Savage (Rod Taylor) is suspected of drinking and causing an airliner crash that leaves only a single survivor. His wartime buddy, airline executive Sam C. McBane (Glenn Ford) is convinced of his friend's innocence and investigates doggedly.
Eventually a test flight re-creating the actual flight shows that the crash was caused by a cup of coffee spilling and shorting out critical wiring.
An excerpt of this movie was used on 1980 comedy "
The film "Fate is the Hunter" is mentioned several times in the 1995 television episode "JAG: Pilot Error"; it provides the protagonist with a clue in solving a fighter jet crash shown in this T.V. film.
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