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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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Denise Montel
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Tugboat Walker
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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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Inferno  »

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$1,870,000 (estimated)
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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

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

Prof. Montel: Each man has his own reasons for living, Mr. Jones, and his own price for dying.
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Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 31 January 1954 (1954) 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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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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