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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.

Director:

Samuel Fuller

Writers:

Jesse Lasky Jr. (screenplay) (as Jesse L. Lasky Jr.), Samuel Fuller (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Widmark ... Capt. Adam Jones
Bella Darvi ... Denise Montel
Victor Francen ... Prof. Montel
Cameron Mitchell ... 'Ski' Brodski
Gene Evans ... Chief Holter
David Wayne ... Tugboat Walker
Stephen Bekassy Stephen Bekassy ... Neuman
Richard Loo ... Hakada Fujimori
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

29 men and one woman ... in the captive world of a submarine ! See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

6 February 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hell and High Water See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,870,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The scene from the attack on the first island was taken from the movie Crash Dive (1943). Particularly the ammo exploding in the depot and the burning fuel cascading over the short cliff into the sea. See more »

Goofs

The deck gun on the submarine differs in the close-up and the distant views. 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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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Mavericks (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Mam'selle
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Music by Edmund Goulding
[used in the score as a theme for Denise]
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Silly criticisms
29 August 2006 | by joe-1035See all my reviews

While I was earnestly waiting for some of the moments of hilarity one of the reviewers wrote about (which I never found), I thought it would be worthwhile to point out some of the sillier criticism also made.

First of all the bucket scene happened before the ramming scene - not after. Plus, submarines have buckets on them. Isn't that strange. It seems the makers of submarines sort of figured stuff like that out - sometimes subs take on water and it must be moved. And yes, they would have lots and lots of buckets. More than one sub in WWII was saved because of them. The reviewer may also not have seen the part where the buckets are being returned.

He also comments on if the sub was already underwater, where were they taking the water. Again, submariners got that one figured out too. They were taking it to a place where there was a working pump to pump the water off the sub.

Overall it was a decent diversion. But then I'm a fan or Richard Widmark so I may be biased.


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