The Hunters is a 1958 American CinemaScope war film adapted from the novel, The Hunters by James Salter. The picture was produced and directed by Dick Powell and starring Robert Mitchum and Robert Wagner as two very different United States Air Force fighter pilots during the Korean War. The cast also features Richard Egan and May Britt.


During the Korean War, Major Cleve "Iceman" Saville, a veteran World War II ace, returns to combat, eager to fly the F-86 Sabre jet fighter. His commanding officer, Colonel "Dutch" Imil, assigns him command of a flight. Among his pilots is a new replacement, talented but brash Lieutenant Ed Pell. On his first mission, Pell abandons his element leader to go after a group of MiG-15s, and the other pilot is killed. As a result, Saville wants Pell assigned to someone else, but Imil overrules him. Pell was top of his class in flight school and Imil sees him as a younger version of Saville. If anyone can get Pell to grow up, it is the major.