MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,823 this week

The High and the Mighty (1954)

 -  Action | Adventure | Drama  -  3 July 1954 (USA)
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 3,607 users  
Reviews: 155 user | 34 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 18 Jun 2011
 
a list of 45 titles
created 21 Jun 2011
 
a list of 27 titles
created 19 Feb 2013
 
a list of 31 titles
created 01 Apr 2013
 
a list of 40 titles
created 2 days ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The High and the Mighty (1954)

The High and the Mighty (1954) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The High and the Mighty.
Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Clipper ships taking the shortest route between the Mississippi and the Atlantic often end up on the shoals of Key West in the 1840s. Salvaging the ships' cargos has become a lucrative ... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Ray Milland, John Wayne, Paulette Goddard
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

At the beginning of the 20th century an American woman is abducted in Morocco by Berbers. The attempts to free her range from diplomatic pressure to military intervention.

Director: John Milius
Stars: Sean Connery, Candice Bergen, Brian Keith
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A group of passengers struggle to survive and escape, when their ocean liner completely capsizes at sea.

Directors: Ronald Neame, Irwin Allen
Stars: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

King Arthur's rule is threatened by the adulterous love between Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere, a relationship the king's enemies hope to exploit.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Mel Ferrer
Hidalgo (2004)
Action | Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In 1890, a down-and-out cowboy and his horse travel to Arabia to compete in a deadly cross desert horse race.

Director: Joe Johnston
Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Omar Sharif, Zuleikha Robinson
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Brian Hawke of the Royal Navy versus the pirates of Madagascar.

Director: George Sherman
Stars: Errol Flynn, Maureen O'Hara, Anthony Quinn
Seven Samurai (1954)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima
Captain Kidd (1945)
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The unhistorical adventures of pirate Captain Kidd revolve around treasure and treachery.

Director: Rowland V. Lee
Stars: Charles Laughton, Randolph Scott, Barbara Britton
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A Marine and a Nun, both shipwrecked on a Pacific Island, find solace in one another as the two wait out the war.

Director: John Huston
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr
Certificate: M Action | Adventure | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Allied agents stage a daring raid on a castle where the Nazis are holding an American General prisoner... but that's not all that's really going on.

Director: Brian G. Hutton
Stars: Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure
Hatari! (1962)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A group of men trap wild animals in Africa and sell them to zoos. Will the arrival of a female wildlife photographer change their ways ?

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: John Wayne, Elsa Martinelli, Hardy Krüger
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Captain Ralls fights Dutch shipping magnate Mayrant Sidneye for the woman he loves, Angelique Desaix, and for a fortune in gold aboard the Red Witch.

Director: Edward Ludwig
Stars: John Wayne, Gail Russell, Gig Young
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
May Holst
...
Lydia Rice
...
John Sullivan
...
Sally McKee
...
Ed Joseph
...
Gustave Pardee
David Brian ...
Ken Childs
Paul Kelly ...
Donald Flaherty
...
Humphrey Agnew
Julie Bishop ...
Lillian Pardee
...
Gonzales (as Gonzalez Gonzalez)
...
Howard Rice
Wally Brown ...
Lenny Wilby, navigator
...
Hobie Wheeler
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The 2-Year Best-Seller Sensation! The Year's Greatest Cast! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 July 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| (RCA Sound System)

Color:

(WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Spin City: The High and the Mighty (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Semper Paratus
("Always Ready") (uncredited)
Written by Francis S. Van Boskerck
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Muzzy Marcellino's movie!
3 March 2002 | by (Milwaukee, Wis. USA) – See all my reviews

The High and the Mighty might be called Muzzy Marcellino's movie since it was his wonderful, masterful whistling of the theme that made this movie not just good, but great. It is a pity that his talents were not more appreciated, but then most people think that anyone can whistle a sonorous tune. Far from it! Very few people could whistle in orchestral color and range which is what this man did for Dimitri Tiomkin's wonderful score which well deserved the 1955 Academy Award for "Best Music" and Scoring. Yes, John Wayne did indeed make the film his own and turned in a multi-layered performance, and yes, this is the granddaddy of the 'disaster films,' which has never been surpassed in quality, but its distinction is not the primacy, nor the casting, nor even the story by a professional pilot, but the distinctive music - distinctly rendered - which one may not notice at first, but which imbues this non-epic with the caliber of stardom.

I can remember when I was in high school in the '60s some ten years after the movie was released (I have never seen it since) and Mr. Marcellino was a guest at one of our assemblies and demonstrated his amazing versatility at whistling and even performed the letters of the alphabet as an example of how he had mastered his craft. His range was phenomenal as he portrayed the instruments of the orchestra and then performed the entire Rhapsody in Blue as well as popular works all by whistling without accompaniment, but admitted that the theme for TH&TM was his proudest achievement. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has never recognized the contributions of all musical forms to the success of pictures as gauged from their mention in passing at the annual telecast Oscar ceremonies, but if they had, this singular performance would have been guaranteed a Special Oscar. Truly, once it is heard, neither it nor the film can ever be forgotten, but will haunt one for years to come! This classic film is the fitting epitaph for Messrs. Wayne, Tiomkin, and Marcellino. Would that we all could be remembered for such an achievement.


29 of 39 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I'm watching the moving that 'Airplane' parodies benivere
Help us with the campaign to get "The High and the Mighty" on DVD! kolonel_klink
1 MPG: Not bad for a big flying machine You_Have_Chosen_Wisely
What is the aircraft in the High and the Mighty? clive-13
Amazing Jan Sterling Scene timghe
The High and the Mighty will be released in 2004 dchriscoe
Discuss The High and the Mighty (1954) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?