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Hell and High Water (1954)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 6 February 1954 (USA)
During the Cold War, a scientific team refits a Japanese submarine and hires an ex-Navy officer to find a secret Chinese atomic island base and prevent a Communist plot against America that could trigger WW3.

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Capt. Adam Jones
Bella Darvi ...
Denise Montel
Victor Francen ...
Prof. Montel
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'Ski' Brodski
Gene Evans ...
Chief Holter
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Tugboat Walker
Stephen Bekassy ...
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Richard Loo ...
Hakada Fujimori
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A privately-financed scientist and his colleagues hire an ex-Navy officer to conduct an Alaskan submarine expedition in order to prevent a Red Chinese anti-American plot that may lead to World War III. Mixes deviously plotted schoolboy fiction with submarine spectacle and cold war heroics. Written by Lew Amack (LAlawMedMBA@aol.com)

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29 men and one woman ... in the captive world of a submarine !


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$1,870,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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2.55 : 1
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Sub used was WW2 ex Japanese sub See more »

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A WWII era Japanese submarine, I-203, did indeed exist. But I-203 was sunk by the U.S. Navy in 1946. This story takes place in 1953. See more »

Quotes

[Capt. Jones is forced to sail before his submarine is fully ready for sea]
Captain Adam Jones: What about the "running dive test"?
Prof. Montel: As an amateur, might I suggest that we try the "running test" *while* we are running?
Captain Adam Jones: Doctor, there are about a hundred ways of losing a submarine, and *you've* just come up with one of the *best*! We haven't even checked the torpedo tubes yet! You know what that means if we have to 'call on fish'? *It means we're dead!
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Would like to see it again..
10 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie on TV years ago, and wish I could see it again..It was mostly a cold-war turned hot story about scientists and mercenaries recruited to take a sub to a secret Chinese island to spy on the project there. They encounter various adventures while looking for the base and when they do find it they discover a Chinese plot to start WW3 and blame it on the United States by dropping a atom bomb from a carefully made up to look like US bomber.Of course, the plot is foiled by the brave heroics of the sub crew. I imagine that the political relationship between China and the US was the reason the movie has not been seen recently. I enjoyed the blend of character and action in this movie. The plot would be plausible in any event. I hope it will come out on vhs or DVD.


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