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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 ...
Neuman
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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6 February 1954 (USA)  »

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Inferno  »

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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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Charles Boyer was originally cast as "Prof. Montel." See more »

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The deck gun on the submarine differs in the close-up and the distant views. See more »

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[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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actually surprisingly good
21 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yeah, it telegraphs all of the big "reveals", it has some overly dramatic acting, the major plot points are easy to see coming, the "red shirts" are obvious, the scenes are kinda cheesy, the characters are all one-dimensional, the plot motivators are simple ("he needs fresh air" or "we didn't have time to test the torpedo tubes") but dang I loved it! It was almost like a bond movie without the gadgets, the unbelievable stunts, or the bad double entendres. It is an instant classic in my book; it is just on the edge of something that you can take seriously. If you go in not expecting much and you realize that this was made many years ago before all of the methods used in it became trite due to overuse, then you will walk away with a smile. There are many worse submarine movies, some of which consist of "I'm in charge!"..."No I'm in charge", while this one has some strategy, some minor humor, some action, and some larger-than-life threats, and some explosions.. all in all worth the rental.


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