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The High and the Mighty (1954)

 -  Action | Adventure | Drama  -  3 July 1954 (USA)
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When a commercial airliner develops engine problems on a trans-Pacific flight and the pilot loses his nerve, it is up to the washed-up co-pilot Dan Roman to bring the plane in safely.

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May Holst
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Lydia Rice
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John Sullivan
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Sally McKee
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Ed Joseph
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Gustave Pardee
David Brian ...
Ken Childs
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Donald Flaherty
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Humphrey Agnew
Julie Bishop ...
Lillian Pardee
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Gonzales (as Gonzalez Gonzalez)
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Howard Rice
Wally Brown ...
Lenny Wilby, navigator
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Hobie Wheeler
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When a commercial airliner develops engine problems on a trans-Pacific flight and the pilot loses his nerve, it is up to the washed-up co-pilot Dan Roman to bring the plane in safely. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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3 July 1954 (USA)  »

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William A. Wellman's The High and the Mighty  »

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Trivia

Average Shot Length (ASL) = 11 seconds See more »

Goofs

When Dan Roman stumbles from the burning wreckage of an airliner in a flashback sequence, he sees and reaches for a burning teddy bear. When he picks it up, it's no longer burning. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ben Sneed: Hey fella, ain't you Dan Roman?
Dan Roman: Yeah.
Ben Sneed: I heard you whistlin' and I said to myself only one guy does that just so.
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Son of a Gambolier
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("Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech")
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Whistled by John Wayne
Dubbed by Muzzy Marcellino
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14 September 2003 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I was just sitting in my barrack's room watching this film today and I am so lucky to have it. It is a priceless treasure and it is what a great film is all about. It is a classic and I wish that everyone could see it. I cannot believe how selfish and wrong John Wayne's family are to keep the public from seeing this classic. SHAME ON THEM!!!!They are hiding a priceless treasure from all of us. THIS IS JOHN WAYNE"S FINEST FILM EVER!!!!He won an Academy Award for True Grit and should have won one for his portrayal of Dan Roman in this film. In 1988, they re-released The Manchurian Candidate so that a whole new generation of film goers could enjoy its greatness. They should do the same to this film. They should get the finest film technicians available to do a restoration of it and release it so that people today could see what a great film is. Look at the movies they come out with today, all the filth and violence and filty words they use. It is a disgrace. All the actors in this film do an amazing job.


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