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Hell and High Water brings an intriguing Cold War slant to a standard submarine melodrama. Richard Widmark plays a soldier-of-fortune sub commander who agrees to sell his services to noted atomic scientist Victor Francen and his assistant (and daughter) Bella Darvi. Francen intends to prove that the Communists intend to launch a nuclear attack on Korea from an Arctic island, then blame the attack on the United States. Widmark frankly doesn't give a fig about politics, but he is won over by the sincerity of Francen and his idealistic cohorts, and by the beauty of Ms. Darvi. Before the Reds' evil intentions can be thwarted, however, Widmark must face down a Communist Chinese submarine loaded with highly volatile atomic weaponry. The special effects are very impressive, especially for a mid-1950s 20th Century-Fox production. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:February 6, 1954

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Directors Guild of America Samuel Fuller Best Director 1954 Nominee

Cast

Richard Widmark
as Adam Jones
Victor Francen
as Prof. Montel
Cameron Mitchell
as "Ski" Brodski
Gene Evans
as Chief Holter
David Wayne
as Dugboat Walker
Stephen Bekassy
as Neuman
Richard Loo
as Fujimori
Henry Kulky
as Gunner McCrossin
Harry Carter
as Quartermaster
Robert Adler
as Welles
Don Orlando
as Carpino
Rollin Moriyama
as Joto
William Yip
as Ho-Sin
John Wengraf
as Col. Schuman
Harry Denny
as McAuliff
Edo Mita
as Taxi Driver
Harlan Warde
as Photographer
Neyle Morrow

Crew

Samuel Fuller
Director
Samuel Fuller
Screenwriter
Jesse Lasky, Jr.
Screenwriter
David Hempstead
Screen Story
Joe MacDonald
Cinematographer
Alfred Newman
Composer (Music Score)
James B. Clark
Editor
Leland Fuller
Art Director
Walter Scott
Art Director
Lyle Wheeler
Art Director
Walter Scott
Set Designer
Charles LeMaire
Costume Designer
William Travilla
Costume Designer
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