Hell And High Water

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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.

ACTORS :  Richard Widmark, Bella Darvi, Victor Francen

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1954

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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.

Actually surprisingly good

Yeah, it telegraphs all of the big “reveals”, it has some overly dramatic acting, the major plot points are easy to see coming, the “red shirts” are obvious, the scenes are kinda cheesy, the characters are all one-dimensional, the plot motivators are simple (“he needs fresh air” or “we didn’t have time to test the torpedo tubes”) but dang I loved it! It was almost like a bond movie without the gadgets, the unbelievable stunts, or the bad double entendres. It is an instant classic in my book; it is just on the edge of something that you can take seriously. If you go in not expecting much and you realize that this was made many years ago before all of the methods used in it became trite due to overuse, then you will walk away with a smile. There are many worse submarine movies, some of which consist of “I’m in charge!”…”No I’m in charge”, while this one has some strategy, some minor humor, some action, and some larger-than-life threats, and some explosions.. all in all worth the rental.
Very enjoyable action film
 
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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