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    John Wayne delivered one of his most memorable performances in THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY, a suspenseful thrill ride that presaged the disaster films of the 1970s with the story of a commercial jetliner that suffers engine trouble on a transpacific flight from Honolulu to San Francisco. With pilot John Sullivan (Robert Stack) too panic-stricken to act, it's up to second-in-command Dan Roman (Wayne) to guide the aircraft to safety--despite being traumatized by the death of his own wife and child in a plane crash years earlier. Wayne's self-doubting copilot presides over jittery crew members and passengers whose stories are told in flashbacks and fleshed out by a stellar supporting cast that includes Claire Trevor, Jan Sterling, Laraine Day, Phil Harris, Robert Newton, and Sidney Blackmer. Directed by William Wellman from a script penned by aviation writer Ernest K. Gann from his own novel of the same name, THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY garnered six Oscar nominations (including Best Director and Best Supporting Actress for both Trevor and Sterling) and an actual win for Dimitri Tiomkin's indelible, whistle-themed film score. Long held out of print by a legal dispute, this little-seen disaster classic has finally been restored and remastered to its pristine Cinemascope glory for a truly riveting tale of terror in the skies.


    Dimensions 7.5x5.3x0.6
    UPC 097368876347
    Studio Paramount Home Video
    Format DVD
    Extra Info 2-Disc Set/The John Wayne Collection
    Genre Action/Adventure
    Rating Not Rated
    Dimensions 5.5" x 0.5" x 7.75" WxHxD
    Weight 0.24 lbs
    Stars Robert Stack, Paul Fix, Paul Kelly, John Wayne, David Brian, Jan Sterling, Doe Avedon, Laraine Day, Robert Newton, Karen Sharpe, Phil Harris, Sidney Blackmer, Claire Trevor, John Smith
    Directors William A. Wellman

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    • Waited years to get this

      I have purchase movies that arrived in a sleeve in another language, which really made me unhappy. This movie is a classic and the John Wayne family owned the rights and so it took years to get it out on DVD. John Wayne whistling as the airplane shook coming in to land in San Francisco is a great bit of cinema. Strangely, he was the co-pilot of a doomed plane flying across the Pacific. The pilot is played by Robert Stack and he wants to ditch the aircraft. Wayne's character persuades him to try a bunch of things and eventually they land and there is John Wayne's character whistling. His character is flawed, but he stands tall in the cockpit.

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    • great movie

      I bought this for my husband as he is a big John Wayne fan,he was very pleased!

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    • Super

      This is a superb movie.Great performance by John Wayne.Must see movie.

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