RIP, Brian G. Hutton.

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Brian G. Hutton
(January 1, 1935 – August 19, 2014)

As an actor, Brian G. Hutton appeared in a couple of outstanding Fifties Westerns, Gunfight At The O.K. Corrall (1957) and Last Train From Gun Hill (1959). About 10 years later, he directed my all-time favorite movie, Where Eagles Dare (1969). I hate to report that he’s passed away at 79.

Hutton never had many nice things to say about his films, and he didn’t like dealing with studio suits. So, he walked away from movies in the Eighties and got into real estate.

As a kid, I was completely obsessed with Where Eagles Dare and have seen it over a hundred times (slightly embarrassed to say I stopped counting at 100, decades ago). I always hoped to have a chance to thank Mr. Hutton for the hours upon hours of enjoyment I’ve gotten from his work. If you haven’t seen it, the last 45 minutes or so—from the intermission to the end credits, play out as an extended, perfectly-orchestrated series of action sequences (courtesy of 2nd unit director Yakima Canutt) as Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure and Ingrid Pitt try to create enough mayhem to escape the few Nazis they haven’t already killed. It’s terrific.

Thanks Stephen for the news.

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2 responses to “RIP, Brian G. Hutton.

  1. Richard Oravitz

    Sad news.
    Saw WHERE EAGLES DARE double billed with Hutton’s KELLY’S HEROES back in the early 70s and WHERE EAGLES DARE was always my favorite of the two. Didn’t even mind that when they jumped from the cable car into the frozen water that they all came out drip-dry for the bus ride to the airport!!! Canutt, when he doubled for Wayne going over that cliff on horseback into the lake in all those Lone Star/Monogram Westerns (1930s) always came out drip-dry as well.
    I tried on several occasions to count how many men Eastwood killed in WHERE EAGLES DARE and always lost count. Read the book, hardly any body count at all, so Hutton really turned up the action.
    Brian Hutton was a great action director.

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    • I did the same thing with the body count! A friend and I tried it–even bought one of those counters like they used to use when you entered an arena or something. First, we had to come up with guidelines, such as a truck contains 10 guys (two in front, eight in back). We got about an hour in and gave up.

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