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The High and the Mighty (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)

John Wayne , Claire Trevor , William A. Wellman    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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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. Product Details •Edition: 2-Disc Set/The John Wayne Collection •Number of Discs: 2 •Rating: Not Rated •Film Country: USA •UPC: 097368876347 Additional Details Genre: Action/Adventure Format: DVD Display Format: 2-Disc Set/The John Wayne Collection

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5.0 out of 5 stars Just as I remembered it April 5 2006
I was excited to learn that 'The High and the Mighty' had been restored and remastered - what a wonderful job they did with it.
I remember it when it was released in 1954 - a memorable film, John Wayne was wonderful in it and had a good supporting cast.
I know I tried to get a copy of this film over 25 years ago and it wasn't available - it was well worth the wait.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The High & the Mighty July 25 2011
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Saw this movie years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it which is the reason I ordered it. Haven't watched the DVDs yet, will be wintertime viewing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The restoration of this 1950's era film was excellent and the DVD is top quality with many interesting bonus features.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For me one of the best movies ever June 18 2014
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This is an outstanding film both in the acting and the representation of a real incident (repeated in actuality more than once) and the emotions, behavior and character of the crew and passengers in a deadly situation. For my money, this presentation by John Wayne, along with his role as aircraft captain in "Island in the Sky" are his best in a different genre from the usual western or war story. It is a tale of quiet courage in the face of possible disaster. John holds things together, despite a history of personal loss in an air disaster from which he escaped only to lose his wife and child. Only a CBC television movie "Flight into Danger" (which preceded both films) does it as well and all set the scenes for locale airline and airport disaster films.

The quality of this remastered film is excellent and a tribute to film making of yesteryear. The characterizations were very good, except I always get annoyed when American films make the navigator a weak sister. One of the most striking scenes occurs at the start of the film (in wide screen) showing a tiny airliner, a speck almost, in a vast sea of clouds and sky. This plus the theme music really sets the scene.

A part of the verity of these two films is that Ernest K, Gann, in addition to being a great writer, himself had years of experience flying as a captain, teaching navigation to future ferry pilots in War2 and time in the air back to the DC-2, DC3 as well as later planes such as the DC4 portrayed in the movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars John Wayne without a gun and holster Oct. 16 2013
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I enjoyed the movie and John Wayne's acting in role other than a western cowboy was quite interesting to me. I found the plot a bit weak but still enjoyable.
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