The High and the Mighty
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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, among them May Holst (Claire Trevor), Lydia Rice (Laraine Day), Howard Rice (John Howard),… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A forerunner of the disaster movies, this cliche John Wayne blockbuster could be described as Grand Hotel in the Air."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A sharp, tense reading of a mushy script."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Props are given to The High and the Mighty in honor of being the first ever disaster film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Ocasionalmente promissor, acaba sendo prejudicado por sua narrativa lenta e por sua duração excessiva."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Bloated and overlong..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Wonderfully entertaining."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Everyone aboard has so much personal baggage, it's amazing the plane can even get off the ground."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"The best twists that the movie can muster are a few miscalculations that the navigator makes -- he uses knots instead of miles in his fuel consumption math. Uh oh!"
‑ Christopher Null,
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