Hell and High Water (1954)





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A White House announcement concerning the explosion of a nuclear bomb outside the U.S. provides the framework for this drama that purports to tell the story behind the mysterious blast. The story begins with a group of scientists who are deeply concerned about the government's lack of preparation for nuclear war. To help them find the communist nuclear arsenals hidden in the North Pacific, they hire a submarine captain. The group is appalled to learn of a Russian plot to drop a bomb from an American B-29 on North Korea, knowing full well the U.S. would be blamed. To stop them, the submariners shoot down the plane and explode the bomb.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Romance
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20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Cameron Mitchell
as 'Ski' Brodski
Richard Widmark
as Capt. Adam Jones
David Wayne
as Dugboat Walker
Bella Darvi
as Denise Montel
Victor Francen
as Prof. Montel
Richard Loo
as Fujimori
Tommy Walker
as Crew Member
Gene Evans
as Chief Holter
Robert Adler
as Welles
John Wengraf
as Col. Schuman
Harlan Warde
as Photographer
Henry Kulky
as Gunner McCrossin
Peter Scott
as Happy Mosk
Neyle Morrow
as Crewman
Harry Carter
as Quartermaster
Don Orlando
as Carpino
Leslie E. Bradley
as Mr. Aylesworth
William Yip
as Ho-Sin
Harry Denny
as McAuliff
Artarne Wong
as Chin Lee
Edo Mita
as Taxi Driver
Ramsey Williams
as Lieutenant
John Gifford
as Torpedo
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Critic Reviews for Hell and High Water

All Critics (2)

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.

Full Review… | May 23, 2007
Slant Magazine

This is a tepid film by Sam Fuller standards, but still has enough salt in it to burn.

Full Review… | November 24, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Hell and High Water

Richard Widmark leads a civilian expedition, on a salvaged Japanese submarine, to search for a mysterious uninhabited island and a secret stash of atomic weapons. Weak cold war adventure pic that's technically inept and often ridiculous.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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Not my favorite Sam Fuller film, but Richard Widmark was good. I wouldn't recommend this film to anybody but a diehard Fuller fan.

M Sarki
M Sarki

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