The High and the Mighty (1954)


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For The High and the Mighty, director William Wellman made a point of using Cinemascope to heighten the dramatic content of a confined screen space -- in this instance, the cockpit of a plane in flight. Copilot Dan Roman (John Wayne) seems a lot more in control of things than Captain John Sullivan (Robert Stack) when the plane loses an engine during a flight from Honolulu to San Francisco. Wellman crosscuts from the tension in the cockpit to the various subplots involving the plane's passengers, … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Ernest K. Gann
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 2, 2005
Paramount Pictures


as Dan Roman

as John Sullivan

as May Holst

as Lydia Rice

as Sally McKee

as Ed Joseph

as Gustave Pardee

as Ken Childs

as Flaherty

as Humphrey Agnew

as Miss Spaulding

as Nell Buck

as Milo Buck

as Lillian Pardee

as Howard Rice

as Wilby

as Hobie Wheeler

as Mrs. Joseph

as Jose Locota

as Frank Briscoe

as Ben Sneed

as Dorothy Chen

as Toby Field

as Garfield

as Lt. Mowbray

as Dispatcher

as Cargo Clerk

as Mr. Wilson

as Howard Rice
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Critic Reviews for The High and the Mighty

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

August 13, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Full Review… | October 16, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

A forerunner of the disaster movies, this cliche John Wayne blockbuster could be described as Grand Hotel in the Air.

Full Review… | May 3, 2007

Ocasionalmente promissor, acaba sendo prejudicado por sua narrativa lenta e por sua duração excessiva.

October 3, 2005
Cinema em Cena

Everyone aboard has so much personal baggage, it's amazing the plane can even get off the ground.

Full Review… | September 2, 2005

Audience Reviews for The High and the Mighty


Fanastic little disaster film classic of the airborne with John Wayne where it strikes high above the Pacific Ocean at the point of no return. This film has more than enough fine moments generated by a cast of familiar faces to keep me interest. I didn't know this adventure film has six Academy Awards nominated that I was surprised to find out.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


corny as kansas

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Silly bit of John Wayne foolery. It was a standard to put Wayne in non westerns to continue his interpretation of the perfect American frontiersmen in plots outside of the Old West. In most cases, it doesn't work.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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