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Richard Widmark "is tops" (L.A. Daily News) in this "rip-roaring adventure" (Variety) that unfolds beneath the icy waves of the Artic. "Packed with action - on land, sea and air" (Cue), Hell and High Water is "thrilling...intriguing" (The Hollywood Reporter), and one hell of a blast!

Hired by a secret group of scientists and ex-military men, retired submarine commander Adam Jones (Widmark) takes to the helm again on a mission to investigate a possible communist nuclear base on an island in the Arctic. But danger lurks in the deep for Jones' crew, and the closer they get to their destination, the deeper their predicament gets. Hostile subs and tensions on board are only the beginning as Jones discovers that this mission isn't what it seems, and the real danger of atomic war comes from closer than he ever imagined.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 204523352
UPC 024543436645
UPC 14 00024543436645
Format DVD
Release Date 5/13/2008
Rating NR
Cold War
Editors Note
Note Samuel Fuller's HELL AND HIGH WATER is a superior war flick that takes place as the globe reaches the brink of World War III. Richard Widmark is placed in charge of a mission to Japan, where it is believed Communist troops are about to pull the trigger and obliterate civilization.
Sight and Sound "Fuller deals with atomic war in this CinemaScope thriller....Richard Widmark brings his usual ferocity to his role..." 12/01/2007 p.102
Samuel Fuller
Richard Widmark
Bella Darvi
Victor Francen
Cast & Crew
Alfred Newman - Original Music By
Bella Darvi - Actor
Cameron Mitchell - Actor
David Hempstead - Based On Story By
James B. Clark - Editor
Jesse Lasky, Jr. - Screenplay
Joseph MacDonald - Cinematographer
Leland Fuller - Art Director
Lyle R. Wheeler - Art Director
Raymond A. Klune - Producer
Richard Widmark - Actor
Samuel Fuller - Director
Samuel Fuller - Screenplay
Victor Francen - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1954
Catalog ID 2243664
UPC 00024543436645
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 103 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.55:1
Nominee (1955) Oscar, Hell and High Water, Best Effects, Special Effects
ReviewSource Slant Magazine
Review In A Third Face, his magnificently pulpy memoirs, Samuel Fuller called Hell and High Water his least favorite film. The film may not smash through the Cold War thriller format as ferociously as Forty Guns smashes through the western format, but it's enough of a distinctive and personal work to put its creator's dismissal in perspective as another entry in that notoriously untrustworthy biography...As a men-on-a-mission adventure film, Hell and High Water more than holds its own with such other all-business '50s naval flicks as The Enemy Below and Run Silent Run Deep. But then again, Fuller's greatness resides less in constructing genre pieces than in bursting their seams, and the film's tight action sequences don't linger in the mind nearly as much as its oddities...Often seen as typical '50s Red-baiting propaganda, the film is actually a companion piece to Fuller's great Pickup on South Street...
Reviewer Fernando F. Croce
ReviewRating 8
DVD, English, Spanish, Subtitled, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Widmark,Richard
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews ...enough salt in it to burn.
Variety Tense and exciting! A mighty entertaining action feature.

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