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The High and the Mighty (1954)

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Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Film critic Leonard Maltin, William Wellman, Jr., Karen Sharpe, Pedro Gonzales-Gonzales, and aviation expert Vincent Longo Rating: no votes yetLogin to vote or review
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The always-dependable Maltin approaches this film with his usual enthusiasm and is ably supported by the son of director William Wellman who is an ideal substitute for his father as he has great recall about the process of making the film, as well as a lot of insider information - however not even they can keep up the pace for a two and a half hour film which is set almost entirely in an airplane, and after a while there's a lot of silent passages. They have amazing awareness and appreciation of every supporting player in the film, not just the leads John Wayne and Robert Stack, but as the narration starts to dwindle, you might not feel like checking out more than first half of this track (which is a companion piece to the "other" Maltin-Wellman commentary of a Wellman/John Wayne airplane flick, ISLAND IN THE SKY)