The High and the Mighty

The High and the Mighty

Director: William Wellman Cast: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Laraine Day
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4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have searched and waited for this movie's release for years. Soon to be shown for the first time of television and now to be able to purchase it. An excellant movie and Jan Sterlings role was outstanding. The Duke comes through again. See it and enjoy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unavailable for years, this film boasts one of Wayne's best performances. And you don't have to put up with the three thousand commercials that AMC stuck in when they showed it! Now, if we could only get a decent print of 'Fort Apache' and 'McLintock'....!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The trio behind "Island In The Sky" reunites and the result is one of their best films. This is a classic suspense thriller,one of the great disaster movies"and better than most".Ernest K.Gann brilliantly adapts his own novel,and Archie Stout's photography is gorgeous.Dimitri Tiomkin contributes one of the best scores ever composed for a movie(that theme song is a classic!)William Wellman's direction is perfect,and he gets marvelous performances from his cast.John Wayne and Robert Stack are at their peak here,while Claire Trevor and Robert Newton nearly steal the movie. This is one of the best films of the Fifties.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's been a long wait for this classic to be released. Why has this taken an Act of Congress to yank this from the vault? The plot involves a night flight from Hawaii to San Francisco. An engine blows in mid flight and the pilot (Robert Stack), having no place to set the plane down over the Pacific, and running desparately low on fuel, begins to emotionally unravel under the stress. Wayne is the co-pilot and finally takes charge of the plane in the nick of time and saves the day (or should I say "night"). I have given The High and the Mighty a 4 star rating (as opposed to the expected 5), because the only time that I have seen this movie was on t.v. in the mid 60's, and as a child (although I remember it being very exciting in the beginning and end), it did seem to slow down and drag through the middle of the movie. Perhaps as a child of 10 I did not fully appreciate the more intricate plot and character developments than I was used to in the standard Walt Disney movies that graced my viewing pleasure at that period in my life. Nevertheless, I do remember my father (a die hard Duke fan) watched it with me and we had a great evening together. I must have whistled that tune for a week afterwards! Anyway, I have waited impatiently for this movie to be released for many years now. John Wayne is, as usual, outstanding as the co-pilot hero! I recommend this movie to all Duke fans, as well as all fans who love a great suspense drama that will bring you to the edge of your seat. WH
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have searched for a copy of The High and the Mighty for years. I remember the wonderful ensemble cast and terrific performances. The theme was recorded by many artists including Harry James, Leroy Holmes, and Les Baxter. I would highly recommend this film to the viewing audience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Duke in a great role. The cast is superb. Aviation purists will notice a few flaws for instance the "point of no return" is mute flying from an Island to the mainland and the fact that they land downwind (actually they might do this if fuel was critical). The travails of the passengers helped to build our interest in the humanity of the drama. The music will stay in your head for days (even when you wish it wouldn't). A classic you can watch time after time and each time you will see something you missed.