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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Capt. Adam Jones
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Denise Montel
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Prof. Montel
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'Ski' Brodski
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Chief Holter
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Tugboat Walker
Stephen Bekassy ...
Neuman
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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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An Atom Bomb of Super-Charged Excitement! See more »


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6 February 1954 (USA)  »

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Inferno  »

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$1,870,000 (estimated)
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| (FMC Library Print)

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

During the making of Steven Spielberg's 1941, the Director asked Samuel Fuller to come out to the parking lot to see his car. When they got there Spielberg opened the boot, telling Fuller that he always carried a print of his favourite movie with him; the print he carried was Hell And High Water. See more »

Goofs

When the landing party is making its escape from the second island, Captain Jones' hat falls off as they are getting in the dingy. The actor is clearly a dark-haired double for Richard Widmark. See more »

Quotes

Hakada Fujimori: I am sorry to tell you, your friend is dead.
Captain Adam Jones: [stunned] Dead...?
Hakada Fujimori: His plane crashed returning from an Arctic expedition. No-one survived.
Captain Adam Jones: [sadly] He never *did* like to fly!
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Referenced in Hollywood Mavericks (1990) See more »

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Mam'selle
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Music by Edmund Goulding
[used in the score as a theme for Denise]
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Them Dastardly Reds
21 May 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Hell and High Water is a great Fifties film with Richard Widmark and his handpicked crew of WWII veterans trying to foil a dastardly Communist plot to start WWIII.

Widmark is a former submarine commander who's been hired to check out a secret base that the Communist Chinese seem to be building in the islands north of Japan. The group that's hired him is some kind of consortium of western scientists who seem to be operating as a secret society. Like Captain Midnight or heaven forfend, the Tri-Lateral Commission.

Parts of the plot and definitely some of the footage is taken from another submarine picture that 20th Century Fox did, Crash Dive. It's so obvious, especially when you have Richard Widmark's voice with no closeups, over the footage from the previous film. That also concerned a secret Nazi base in the Atlantic and the submarine crew that went to clean them out.

Along for the ride in the submarine are scientists Victor Francen and his assistant Bella Darvi who was Darryl Zanuck's main squeeze at the time. Ms. Darvi had a short and tragic life and her story would make a real interesting picture.

Far more interesting than this, though I will say the submarine special effects are outstanding.


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