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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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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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An Atom Bomb of Super-Charged Excitement! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Italian | German

Release Date:

6 February 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Inferno See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,870,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,700,000, 31 December 1954
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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 film was initially banned in France "on political grounds." An article noted that France had also banned Soviet films with political themes, and that "a number of European countries are sensitive to films with political themes and refuse them exhibition permits, rather than rouse the ire of either the U.S. or Russia." See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Captain Adam Jones: So tell me Professor, what makes a girl who looks like that get mixed up in science?
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Referenced in Hollywood Mavericks (1990) 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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good movie
20 May 2007 | by rdjj22See all my reviews

I thought the movie was good for it's era. Much better than some of the other fiction movies of it's time. The submarine scenes were very good. Especially the detail of water trickling down the periscope cylinder when they were submerged.

I too wondered where they were disposing of the buckets of water when they were supposed to be running silent. Again the scene was out of sequence.

Also the scene where Richard yells periscope up to look for the enemy sub, and they are surfacing. I thought it looked funny seeing the sub on top of the water and Richard is looking out the periscope.

Again good movie for it's time.


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