High and the Mighty

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The High & the Mighty

by Viggo on 3/13/2015

One of the best John Wayne films.

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Dan roman is a veteran pilot haunted by a tragic past. Now relegated to second-in-command cockpit assignments, he finds himself on a routine honolulu-to-san francisco flight - one that takes a terrifying, suspense-building turn when disaster strikes high above the pacific ocean at the point of no return.


Studio Paramount
SKU 40716919
UPC 097368876347
UPC 14 00097368876347
Format DVD
Release Date 4/20/2010
Rating NR
Based On A Novel
Editors Note
Note John Wayne delivered one of his most memorable performances in THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY, a suspenseful thrill ride that presaged the disaster films of the 1970s with the story of a commercial jetliner that suffers engine trouble on a transpacific flight from Honolulu to San Francisco. With pilot John Sullivan (Robert Stack) too panic-stricken to act, it's up to second-in-command Dan Roman (Wayne) to guide the aircraft to safety--despite being traumatized by the death of his own wife and child in a plane crash years earlier. Wayne's self-doubting copilot presides over jittery crew members and passengers whose stories are told in flashbacks and fleshed out by a stellar supporting cast that includes Claire Trevor, Jan Sterling, Laraine Day, Phil Harris, Robert Newton, and Sidney Blackmer. Directed by William Wellman from a script penned by aviation writer Ernest K. Gann from his own novel of the same name, THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY garnered six Oscar nominations (including Best Director and Best Supporting Actress for both Trevor and Sterling) and an actual win for Dimitri Tiomkin's indelible, whistle-themed film score. Long held out of print by a legal dispute, this little-seen disaster classic has finally been restored and remastered to its pristine Cinemascope glory for a truly riveting tale of terror in the skies.
New York Times "Often cited as among the first examples of the disaster film....THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY remains superb entertainment." 08/02/2005 p.E5
William Wellman
Robert Stack
John Wayne
Claire Trevor
Laraine Day
Cast & Crew
Archie Stout - Cinematographer
Claire Trevor - Actor
Dimitri Tiomkin - Musical Score
Ernest Gann - Based On Novel By
Jan Sterling - Actor
John Wayne - Actor
John Wayne - Producer
Laraine Day - Actor
Ralph Dawson - Editor
Robert Fellows - Producer
William Wellman - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1954
Catalog ID 887634
UPC 00097368876347
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 148 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
DVD, Collector's Edition, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Wayne,John
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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