Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
The High and the Mighty
Dan Roman is a veteran pilot haunted by a tragic past. Now relegated to second-in-command cockpit assignments he finds himself on a routine Honolulu-to-San Francisco flight - one that takes a terrifying suspense-building turn when disaster strikes high above the Pacific Ocean at the point of no return.
Before the DVD, Leonard Maltin invades your television and vigourously defends the movie. Before it even begins. He says it may seem quaint, but that it should be viewed in its proper historical context. "Qauint," he says. Some words I would use to describe it: loooooong. Inflated. Dull. Stagey. A relaxed thriller that set the stage for Airport and the entire disaster trend of the seventies - fifteen years earlier. An "all star" cast of passengers board a plane and talk about inane shit. Kids, lovers, vacations, etc. Soon, there's a vague disaster and the characters procede to talk about more innane shit while the score thumps wildly until the obvious inevitable conclusion. Every opportunity for suspense is completely undercut…
Which is worse? The ham-handed performances (save for "the duke"), the source material's reliance on dated social morays for drama, or the bloated story (revealing that Wellman wasn't very interested in making a thriller). All are equitably terrible. At least, all the cigarette smoking on a plane seems "quaint".
This is Airport ten years before they made Airport. Same sort of silly backstory for each passenger, but the film builds tension, and a dramatic Dimitri Tiomkin score and fine cinematography by William Clothier go along with a fine performance by Wayne.
2 out of 5 (C)
Hysterical campfest, call it Airport '54. Trouble ensues on a flight from Hawaii to San Francisco, which has passed the point of no return and just might have to crash into the ocean!!! But with John Wayne aboard, do we really need to worry?
The first hour is spent detailing the little melodramas of all the passengers on the half-full plane. And what a varied group they are! There's a gun-wielding nut, a sleeping tot, a "broken-down broad", newlyweds who basically do it when they learn of the plane's distress, a terminally ill man who comes off as quite lecherous, some happy immigrants, a nuclear scientist who just wants to paint the natives, and some obnoxious couples.
There are some…
I truly believe Airplane was made just to make fun of this movie, it's horrible. John Wayne must have made a fortune on this one because I can't see any other reason to make this stinker.
The original airplane disaster movie.
Unfortunately, it sets a benchmark (not to mention the genres cliches - burnt out pilot, newly weds, etc) that was very easy for other films to surpass. A diabolical script is hamstrung by the clunkiest character development I've ever witnessed. Compounding these problems is the incredible and unjustified two and a half hour run time.
One of the passengers is a young boy who sleeps through the film. I wish I could've done the same.
I was always curious about this film as it would become a template for late 60's/early 70's disaster epics and I was quite shocked at the wildly uneven, melodramatic, cornball screenplay by Ernest K. Gann. The characters are all one-dimensional, teeth-grating stereotypes who couldn't be less interesting and I had to spend 2 1/2 hours with them. I love the Duke, Robert Stack and Billy Campbell as well as some of the character actors who show up along the way, but they could't overcome the over-obvious and noxious script. The CinemaScope and rich WarnerColor are completely wasted on the film as well.
Excruciatingly dull Cinemascope behemoth, the first of a wretched sub-genre - the air disaster picture. Flying High takes some of its visual cues from this film. The script is so full of exposition that there are very few unintentional laughs to be had from it.
John Wayne has issues.
So does the plane he's flying.
Robert Stack gets slapped!
From the NYT website:
This list is drawn from the second edition of The New York Times Guide to the…
Every film that has ever been nominated for a Golden Globe Award in any category.