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on 1 February 2011
When a jet plane crashes shortly after take off, it kills all the passengers and crew except for one survivor, the stewardess (Suzanne Pleshette). The airline attempts to blame the crash on pilot error amid rumors he had been drinking but an airline executive (Glenn Ford) and a friend of the pilot (Rod Taylor) refuses to believe it and begins investigating to determine the actual cause of the crash. Using only the title of the 1961 best seller by Ernest K. Gann (HIGH AND THE MIGHTY), the Ralph Nelson (LILIES OF THE FIELD) directed film is only peripherally a "disaster" film. It's more of a mystery with Ford as an amateur detective tracking down Taylor's friends and acquaintances and discovering that perhaps he didn't know his friend that well at all. The film ends with a taut and exciting recreation of the flight under the exact circumstances to determine the cause of the tragedy. Two brief performances stand out. Dorothy Malone as Taylor's callous wealthy heiress ex-fiancee and Mark Stevens (STREET WITH NO NAME) as Taylor's alcoholic best pal. The Oscar nominated B&W CinemaScope photography is by Milton Krasner and the minimal score by Jerry Goldsmith. With Nancy Kwan, Jane Russell, Wally Cox, Constance Towers, Nehemiah Persoff and Mary Wickes.

The Fox DVD from Spain is a strong B&W transfer in its original CinemaScope (2.35) aspect ratio.
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on 29 January 2015
Good film - dragged down slightly by a couple of minor details. The first is to show the probable cause of the crash, and then to visually confirm it (shortly after the titles). Tighter editing would have left mystery intact and added another thread to the narrative. The second is the poor foley work which prevents many of the scenes leaving the studio. I've not flown in any of these aircraft, but I'd hazard a guess they are all noisier than the ones shown. Great film of a kind they wouldn't consider making now.

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on 23 October 2015
One the most interesting movies about crashes !
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on 8 June 2016
An overlooked classic film
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on 25 August 2013
This film was rather disappointing. I wasn't as gripped as I thought I would be and not intrigued by what had happened to cause Taylor's plane to crash. It was fairly obvious so any thrill in the re-enactment was non-existent. The two main actors gave their usual reliable performance especially Glenn Ford considering the metaphysical mumbo jumbo he had to spout at times. I watched the film all the way through but I wouldn't bother to do so again.
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on 22 July 2013
You Have To Like classics ..and Aviation !
It Is A Historical ..
Glenn Ford Is A Master Of Film!
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on 29 December 2015
rec'd promptly. Loved it. Thank you Amazon.co.uk
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on 29 July 2015
Pointless film..like a room with no air..
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