Synopsis: Pete Sandich and buddy Al Yackey are daredevil aerial forest-fire fighters. Pete finds True Love with Dorinda but won't give up the job. When he takes one risk too many, Dorinda faces deep grief and cannot easily put her life back together.
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Director(s): Steven Spielberg
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
122 min

Hey, Bud! Get up!

Pete, can't get through.

That's funny.

It seems pretty clear over here.

Tanker Base.

Tanker Base, this is Fireball. Over.

We've got a situation here.

Sector K, that's for,

"Kwick, we're kooking."

Cavalry coming up inside four minutes.

Tanker 57 to Fire Boss.

Make that one minute.

Peter st. Peter, don't do this to me.

How much fuel you got left?

You know I love it in the kitchen.

Peter st. Peter, you've got that Evel

Knievel sound in your voice I hate.

I want to blow out this one tree,

funny face...

...and make a wish for your birthday.

You want to keep flying, land that plane.

Do what the lady says.

In the trees...


Excuse me, I didn't quite catch that.

Take over, Frank.

Tanker 57 to Tanker Base.

I've got a small inconvenience here.

Talk to me, Pete.

I may have overestimated my fuel

just a tad.

I see the base and my right engine is fine,

so there shouldn't be any...


What do you need?

-What do you need?

-Glider practice.

We've got a situation.

Flier coming in, dead stick.

This is good. I was rusty on panic.

No problem. I've got the airport in sight.

A nice little headwind.


Come on, Mama.

Up and over. Up and over.

Please, please.

Come on, Mama, we're too cute to die.


There he is!

Happy birthday.

-I'm taking a plane.


-This time he's really done it.

-Done what?

"Happy birthday to you"

Take off!

He doesn't even understand how I feel!

This time I'm going to show him.

Excuse me, Willy.

You magnificent pagan god!

-What gives?

-she's showing you.

she's a great girl.

she's great. showing me what?

I didn't know it was her birthday.

It's because you don't love her like I do.

-Where did you get that oil on your face?


It's here. Look. It's terrible.


What do you mean, "showing me"?

-I don't like her flying that.

-Now you're getting it.

-You're mad at me. I can tell.

-lt's okay. I'm just moody.

Beautiful day.

Yes, it is. How was my landing?

Nearly perfect.

You only fly like that when I'm watching.

I always come in on three wheels.

Perverse, aren't you?

Don't do that, Dorinda.

Can she take the Wiley scrapper?

The Wiley vet?

Who knows? There's a quick left.

Look out.

Level off when you come in.

-Don't tell me what to do.

-What did I say?

You got something in your teeth.

I ain't falling for that.

-You caught some heat coming in.

-You know women.

I mean your plane.

I might have to kill you for that remark.

Every time you come in,

the fire trucks come out.

Nails, go play golf. It's my plane.

You've got something between your teeth.

-He thinks you think I forgot your birthday.

-Why do you do this?

Want to dance? There's a dance tonight.

Please, take mine.

This is for you.

You're incredible.

You think you can buy me off...

...with some crummy present

you got in an airport gift shop.

It's worked before.

I don't want it.

Take it.


-I don't want it.

-Yes, you do.

-I don't.

-You do.

-You do. You really don't?


Girl clothes!

Get back! Don't touch that!

Why didn't you tell me

before I lost my temper?

so you do like dresses.

It's not the dress. It's the way you see me.

Know what this place reminds me of?

I'll bet you a beer you're going to tell me.

You lose.

Love! It ain't what it used to be.

There have only ever been two kinds:

Flash fires, which are all flame,

burn themselves out and leave nothing.

Then there is the long burning.

That is nature's burn.

Even when you think it's out...

...the forest floor is warm to the touch.

That's what you and Dorinda have got.

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Jerry Belson

Jerry Belson (July 8, 1938 – October 10, 2006) was a writer, director, and producer of Hollywood films for over forty years. more…

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