Synopsis: The adventures of oil well fire specialist Chance Buckman (based on real-life Red Adair), who extinguishes massive fires in oil fields around the world.
Director(s): Andrew V. McLaglen
Production: Universal
Rotten Tomatoes:
121 min

otherwise when they blow the fire out,

the hot metal will reignite it.

According to Mr. Larkin, that section

of drill pipe you see sticking out...

has to be cut off

right at the wellhead...

before they can move in

with the nitro.

It's spreading the flame.

They've got to have a single

column shooting straight up...

before they'll try

to blow it.

Just how soon before they'll

attempt to blow this fire out?

They won't try to kill it 'til they're

ready to cap the well.

The control head's being assembled

to Buckman's order and isn't here yet.

Joe, we better get to work

on that nitro.

Don't tell me, I know.

You're bushed.

You'd like to take a little nap.

Well, I was up

all night.

Of course you couldn't have

slept on the plane.

What'd you use for openers this trip?

The old headache gag?

Why, you poor man.

Perhaps if I rubbed your neck.

True, every word, true.

But it works.

Well, I can't say

I blame ya.

A fella as ugly as you are couldn't get

to first base without a fire.

[Sirens Approaching]


Here's the control head.

Get it rigged.

I'll finish with the nitro.

Okay. George!

Sorry to interrupt

your nap.

Yeah, George said

it broke your heart.

One of these days

some husband or boyfriend's...

gonna show up

with a 12 gauge...

and turn your prat

into a punchboard.

[Engine Starts]

The drum filled with nitro

is covered with asbestos...

and kept wet to keep it

from exploding too soon.

For the benefit of our television

audience, what'll happen if it does?

There won't be enough left of them

to pick up and put together.

Then we better get back

in this remote truck. Come on!

The explosion eliminates the oxygen

which is what kills the fire,

but the nitro drum has to be

placed in exactly the right position.

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Clair Huffaker

Clair Huffaker (September 26, 1926 – April 3, 1990) was a U.S. screenwriter and author of westerns and other fiction, many of which were turned into films. He served in the United States Navy in World War II and then studied in Europe before returning to America. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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