Fate is the Hunter (1964)


“When your number’s up, why fight it, right? And if its not, why worry about it?” – Capt. Jack Savage

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Apr 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A pilot is given the task of investigating the crash of a plane that was piloted by one of his closest friends where the initial result seem to point to pilot error.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and had no clue what it was all about.

I have always been a fan of Glenn Ford and was quite curious to see what he would be able to do with this character.

The film is presented as a great thriller and manages to keep things intriguing throughout.

Ford is perfect in the lead role and allows us to see the events through his eyes which shows us something different from what the other characters believe based on evidence of the initial findings.

The film utilizes flashbacks really well in order to develop some of the characters in a way that we wouldn’t expect and that helps us get a better understanding as to why Ford’s character refuses to accept the finding of the initial investigation.

This is a movie that shows us how these kind of investigations were handled back in the 60’s and the details are great to watch.

The twists and turns in the film are presented really well and allow for things to stay fresh and unique as the thrills and suspense of it all get thicker as the story gets deeper which is so entertaining to watch unfold.

Bottom Line – Great thriller that works so well. Ford is perfectly cast in the lead role and allows us to see things through his eyes. The flashback scenes help develop some of the characters more thoroughly which helps us understand why the main character isn’t willing to automatically accept the initial finding of the crash. The film gives us a unique look at how these kind of investigations are handled and the twists and turns along the way help keep things quite thrilling and enjoyable throughout. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The device of a single character “interviewing” people who knew a recently deceased person (and one with a bad reputation at that), and all providing different flashbacks of that person’s life through their perspectives, was used in Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane (1941) over twenty-years earlier. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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