The High and the Mighty
The High and the Mighty (1954)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 27, 1954
DVD Release Date: August 2, 2005
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Critic Score: 25% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

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

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A sharp, tense reading of a mushy script.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Props are given to The High and the Mighty in honor of being the first ever disaster film.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

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

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Bloated and overlong...

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

Wonderfully entertaining.

Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

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

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Christopher Null

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!

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Dean McKenna
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
Henrik Schunk
A good "Danger in the Skies" movie, which features Wayne in a non-western role, playing an "ancient Pelican" that is, an airline Pilot with… More
jay nixon
corny as kansas
John Ballantine
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… More