Fate Is The Hunter (1964) - Rotten Tomatoes

Fate Is The Hunter1964

Fate Is The Hunter (1964)




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Suspense builds around the investigation of a plane crash that caused 53 deaths in this dramatic adaption of Ernest K. Gann's novel. Authorities systematically eliminate probable causes, finally placing blame on the pilot, who was seen drinking before the flight. The airline's director of flight operations, Sam McBane (Glenn Ford), knowing the pilot's excellent WW II record, refuses to accept the authorities' conclusions and begins his own investigation. With the help of the only survivor, a stewardess (Suzanne Pleshette), McBane re-creates the events leading to the crash in an attempt to discover the true cause. The character of the incriminated pilot, Captain Jack Savage (Rod Taylor), is revealed through a series of flashbacks, from a wartime army camp (with a cameo by Jane Russell) to the climactic moment of the thrilling crash. Milton Krasner's crisp cinematography earned him an Oscar nomination.


Glenn Ford
as Sam McBane
Nancy Kwan
as Sally Fraser
Rod Taylor
as Capt. Jack Savage
Suzanne Pleshette
as Martha Webster
Jane Russell
as Herself
Wally Cox
as Bundy
Nehemiah Persoff
as Ben Sawyer
Mark Stevens
as Mickey Doolan
Max Showalter
as Crawford
Bob Wilke
as Stillman
Bert Freed
as Dillon
Dort Clark
as Wilson
Mary Wickes
as Mrs. Llewelyn
Robert Simon
as Proctor
Dorothy Malone
as Lisa Bond
Peter Ford
as Attendant
Harold Goodwin
as Art Baldwin
John Hubbard
as Robbins
Richard Walsh
as Radio Newscaster
Kort Falkenberg
as Controller
Joe Scott
as Controller
Rusty Lane
as Supervisor
Morgan Len Justin
as TV Camera Crewman
Marshall Reed
as Reporter
Paul Lukather
as Reporter
Ralph Thomas
as Reporter
Robert Doggan
as Reporter
John Stevens
as Reporter
Kem Dibbs
as FBI Man
Robert Adler
as FBI Man
Evadne Baker
as Secretary
Stanley Adams
as Bartender
Francois Andre
as Technician
David Bedell
as Technician
Iris Adrian
as Ad-Libber
Jim Boles
as Passenger
Harry Swoger
as Airport Employee
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Critic Reviews for Fate Is The Hunter

All Critics (5)

Despite its fizzy philosophizing about believing or disbelieving in fate, this is an exciting film.

January 31, 2020 | Full Review…

Not even the presence of Glenn Ford - fantastic as always - and Rod Taylor, the two main actors, manage to cheer up 106 minutes that could have been only half an hour. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 27, 2019 | Full Review…

Becomes a kind of collection of moments, some listless, some sublime, in a film that actually feels startlingly contemporary.

August 6, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The difficulty of the cast's job is that the series of minor situations that are important in revealing character are also very trivial and lacking in drama.

January 17, 2019 | Full Review…

It's watchable in light of the recent mysterious disappearance of the Malaysian flight.

May 31, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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