Monday, March 23, 2009

The High and the Mighty (1954)

When a commercial airliner develops engine problems on a trans-Pacific flight , it is up to the washed-up co-pilot Dan Roman to bring the plane in safely. A so-called disaster movie.

Nominated for 6 Oscars:

Best Director: William A. Wellman
Best Supporting Actress: Jan Sterling
Best Supporting Actress: Claire Trevor
Best Music, Original Score (WINNER)
Best Music, Original Song
Best Editing

I watched this because I was curious about the supporting actresses. Jan Sterling's is worthy, as she plays this blond ex-beauty. Claire Trevor's nomination makes no sense.
It's a dumb, bad film wrongly promoted as a big disaster movie. The Towering Inferno, The Poseidon Adventure, those are the real thing. This one is shit. Bad acting all the way, with the exception previously mentioned, a horrible screenplay and a direction that's most certainly NOT worthy of an Oscar nom (the fact that Wellman was up against Billy Wilder for Sabrina, Hitchcock's Rear Window and Elia Kazan for On the Waterfront makes his nomination just... terribly absurd). The Oscar-winning music is overused and too dramatic and loud. Stay away from this movie!
My rating for the film: 3/10. I am being generous mostly because of Jan Sterling's two major scenes.

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