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Hell and High Water (1954)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 6 February 1954 (USA)
During the Cold War, a scientific team refits a Japanese submarine and hires an ex-Navy officer to find a secret Chinese atomic island base and prevent a Communist plot against America that could trigger WW3.

Director:

Samuel Fuller

Writers:

Jesse Lasky Jr. (screenplay) (as Jesse L. Lasky Jr.), Samuel Fuller (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Widmark ... Capt. Adam Jones
Bella Darvi ... Denise Montel
Victor Francen ... Prof. Montel
Cameron Mitchell ... 'Ski' Brodski
Gene Evans ... Chief Holter
David Wayne ... Tugboat Walker
Stephen Bekassy Stephen Bekassy ... Neuman
Richard Loo ... Hakada Fujimori
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Storyline

A privately-financed scientist and his colleagues hire an ex-Navy officer to conduct an Alaskan submarine expedition in order to prevent a Red Chinese anti-American plot that may lead to World War III. Mixes deviously plotted schoolboy fiction with submarine spectacle and cold war heroics. Written by Lew Amack (LAlawMedMBA@aol.com)

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29 men and one woman ... in the captive world of a submarine ! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

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English | French | Italian | German

Release Date:

6 February 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Inferno See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,870,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,700,000, 31 December 1954
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

In his review of the film, New York Times critic Bosley Crowther misquoted the foreword, implying that the film was based on a true story in which announcements about an explosion had been made by the White House and Atomic Energy Commission. See more »

Goofs

When the landing party is making its escape from the second island, Captain Jones' hat falls off as they are getting in the dingy. The actor is clearly a dark-haired double for Richard Widmark. See more »

Quotes

Prof. Montel: Each man has his own reasons for living, Mr. Jones, and his own price for dying.
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Music by Edmund Goulding
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Very enjoyable action film
23 August 2002 | by gstevens-2See all my reviews

I saw this movie when it was released in theatre. I still remember how much fun it was to watch a submarine crew try to bring down a big bomber carrying the Atomic bomb with every weapon they could muster, including handguns. It had plenty of action for the time, although those used to long periods of action may find themselves disappointed. There are a couple of fairly exciting firefights, not including the final desperate attempt to save the US from being blamed for dropping an A-bomb on Korea and starting WW3. I'd like to see it again but haven't seen it in a long time..Hope it can be repeated on TV .I would definitely buy it if I had the chance..


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