The High and the Mighty 1954 UNRATED CC

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John Wayne plays Dan Roman, a veteran pilot haunted by a tragic past. Now relegated to second-incommand cockpit assignments, he finds himself scheduled on a routine Honolulu-to-San Francisco flight - one that takes a terrifying, suspense-building turn when disaster strikes high above the Pacific Ocean at the point of no return.

Starring:
John Wayne, Claire Trevor
Runtime:
2 hours 28 minutes

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The High and the Mighty

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Adventure, Action
Director William A. Wellman
Starring John Wayne, Claire Trevor
Supporting actors Laraine Day, Robert Stack, Jan Sterling, Phil Harris, Robert Newton, David Brian, Paul Kelly, Sidney Blackmer, Julie Bishop, Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez, John Howard, Wally Brown, William Campbell, Ann Doran, John Qualen, Paul Fix, George Chandler, Joy Kim
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating Unrated
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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It is one of John Waynes best movies.
Eugene C. Hinton
I waited a long time for this movie to be released - and it was definitely worth the wait.
Lillian R. Consolo
You will not be happy with any 50s movie, much less this one.
TangoMike

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533 of 545 people found the following review helpful By THE-GO-BETWEEN on April 15, 2000
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Tied up for years in the John Wayne estate has been the re-release of this 1954 movie, "The High and the Mighty". (which won the Academy Award for Best Song that year...look for a plaque at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood when you visit there).
As a child growing up in L.A. in the 50's and 60's, I remember the then RKO TV station Channel 9 would show this movie relentlessly for years on end. Then it all stopped. The movie vanished. And now it is being held hostage for some legal reason.
It is a movie filled with surplatives though younger viewers might find the lack of hyberbolic special effects, sexual gymnastics, de riguer corporate disembowlment themes, blah blah....too unsurvivable for a start-to-finish viewing. It is a vintage 50's type movie...at its best.
This is John Wayne's best movie, in my opinion. He is excellent...taking him out of the cowboy theme he ultimately became cemented into. I will always remember John Wayne in my mind as he was in this movie...especially the very last scene which alone is worth the price of admission. Fittingly, the Orange County Airport is named after John Wayne, who had a career early on of appearing in films with aviation themes.
Ernest K. Gann, who penned the story, was an American Airlines pilot who churned out aviation novel, one after another. His equally famous novel that was made into an excellent movie, was "Fate is the Hunter". Both of these movies deal with an aircraft incident/accident. "The High and the Mighty" concentrates on the human dynamics of a flight crew and their maintenance base trying to cope with a mechanical problem en route over the longest single over-the-ocean route in the world: Honolulu to San Francisco.
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280 of 286 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Castiglione on April 30, 2002
I originally viewed this film at it's debut in 1954. The memories are as seen from a 10 year old boy's eyes. I was overwhelemed by the color, the sound, and John Wayne. His character of Dan the co-pilot was excellent. Even than I could see he was the star. That was my first John Wayne movie. I was hooked. I lived in a large city, and I had never taken a flight anywhere. I became cosumed by airplanes. The different people, and how they were all connected to John's character.
The most dramatic parts were, just as they past the point of no return, and the problems that ensuded. I was on the end of my seat for the rest of the movie. One part was very significant to me.When John smacks Robert Stack around to shake him up, " Fly the airplane" then he was ok. At the end after they have gone through the fire, engines falling off, and all their problems, they finally land. They are meet by the station manager. He looks at the aircraft, looks at John Wayne, and says, "You old pelican" John just walks away. The End. It took me many years to understand what the meaning was. The pelican is the best flying bird in the bird world. The theme music won an academy award.
I was so moved I knew I wanted to be a pilot. I presued it throughout my life. The US Air Force, and Pan American Airways. I was very lucky to have acheived my dream. I am retired from flying now. It would give me gerat pleasure to see this movie with my childern.
Joe Castiglione, Farmingdale, NY
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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Karen Brandow Sanchez on September 30, 2000
I first saw The High and the Mighty in 1953 when I was only 12 years old. I decided then that I wanted to be an "airline stewardess". I never did achieve that goal. I have desparately tried to find the movie for years. It left such a wonderful memory and THAT MUSIC! I would also love to have the soundtrack from the movie. In the late 50's, I lived in Carmel and went to high school with two of Ernest K. Gann's kids. Had I only known then, I probably could have gotten a copy of the movie, very easily. I didn't know at the time that movie would always haunt me. I join all of you in waiting until the estate of John Wayne allows it to be released. Why they are focusing on witholding that particular movie of Mr. Wayne's, I find very interesting. PLEASE, PLEASE, ALLOW THE RELEASE! Does anyone out there know how we, as a group, could write and plead with the family!
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. McCarty on April 27, 2000
I first saw this movie as a boy, and was captivated by the opening dialog, in which Wayne's character was described as "The only man I ever knew who was brave enough not to commit suicide!"
I have never understood why it was not released on video. (I last saw it in 1973 on local TV in Chicago.)
When The Duke died, I accurately predicted that the networks would select the closing scenes of The High and The Mighty as his epitaph--not She Wore A Yellow Ribbon, not Fort Appache, not Stagecoach, not even True Grit. And I was right--he went out with a loving "So long, you ancient pelican."
The grand daddy of the disaster flicks, it is probably hackneyed today (the airplane has propellers for goodness sakes), but the story is first rate and Wayne is marvelous.
Don't miss it if you ever get the chance to see it--you will never forget it.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 26, 2001
The High and the Mighty has always been one of my - if not my - favorite movie. I remember watching it as a kid, and would always look for it on TV whenever it was shown. It is a classic airline disastor movie with high suspense and wonderful charactor development. This is John Wayne at his best, and even though you know it has to have a happy ending, you still are on the edge of your seat everytime you see this movie. I am lucky enough to have a VHS copy that I taped from the TV years ago, but would love to see it released on DVD. I don't know why this particular movie is still under a legal gun, but I hope someone comes to their senses and lets it be released so all can enjoy.
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