A Gathering of Eagles (1963)

116 mins | Drama | 1963

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HISTORY

Locations filmed at SAC bases and in San ... More Less

Locations filmed at SAC bases and in San Francisco. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2nd unit dir
Dir of aerial unit
Asst dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
In charge of prod
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2nd unit cam
Cam op
Asst cam
Asst cam
Stills
Gaffer
Grip
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set coordinator
Props
COSTUMES
Miss peach's gowns des
Ward
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
Main titles
MAKEUP
Makeup
Makeup
Hairstyles
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
Dial coach
SOURCES
SONGS
"The SAC Song," words and music by Tom Lehrer, sung by Rod Taylor.
PERFORMER
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
1963
Premiere Information:
Chicago opening: 21 June 1963
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures
Copyright Date:
13 July 1963
Copyright Number:
LP33187
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Eastman Color by Pathé
Duration(in mins):
116
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When a California Air Force base fails to pass a surprise alert test ordered by the Strategic Air Command, Col. Jim Caldwell is brought in as the new base commander. After sending for his British wife, Victoria, he goes on an inspection tour of the base to learn the cause of the test failure. Upon noting that the missile squadron commander, Col. Bill Fowler, is a heavy drinker, Jim forces him into involuntary retirement, an action that irritates Fowler's friends, including Victoria, who has become close to Fowler's wife. Furthermore, Jim's devotion to his job throws Victoria more and more into the company of Hollis Farr, Jim's vice commander and Korean War buddy. Eventually Jim decides that Hollis is too busy making friends to establish any efficiency, and he recommends that Hollis be replaced. While Jim is visiting Fowler in a San Francisco hospital, another surprise alert is called; and Hollis, obliged to assume command, makes a decision that wins commendation from the SAC. The test is so favorable that Jim and Hollis are able to patch up their differences, and Victoria at last understands why Jim has been such a stern ... +


When a California Air Force base fails to pass a surprise alert test ordered by the Strategic Air Command, Col. Jim Caldwell is brought in as the new base commander. After sending for his British wife, Victoria, he goes on an inspection tour of the base to learn the cause of the test failure. Upon noting that the missile squadron commander, Col. Bill Fowler, is a heavy drinker, Jim forces him into involuntary retirement, an action that irritates Fowler's friends, including Victoria, who has become close to Fowler's wife. Furthermore, Jim's devotion to his job throws Victoria more and more into the company of Hollis Farr, Jim's vice commander and Korean War buddy. Eventually Jim decides that Hollis is too busy making friends to establish any efficiency, and he recommends that Hollis be replaced. While Jim is visiting Fowler in a San Francisco hospital, another surprise alert is called; and Hollis, obliged to assume command, makes a decision that wins commendation from the SAC. The test is so favorable that Jim and Hollis are able to patch up their differences, and Victoria at last understands why Jim has been such a stern taskmaster. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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