Island in the Sky

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  • 1953
  • 1 hr 50 min
  • 6.8  (3,746)

Island in the Sky is a 1953 adventure film starring John Wayne, Lloyd Nolan, and Walter Abel. The movie was directed by William A. Wellman and is based on the novel of the same name by Ernest Gann. The story follows the crew of a transport plane, led by Captain Dooley (John Wayne), as they embark on a routine flight from the United States to Newfoundland. However, they soon encounter a severe storm and are forced to crash land in the wilderness of Labrador. With no way to communicate with the outside world, the crew must fend for themselves as they await rescue.

As they struggle to survive in the harsh Canadian wilderness, tensions begin to rise among the crew members. Dooley must not only contend with the harsh conditions but also with the conflicting personalities and egos of his crew. The crew includes the tough-talking co-pilot MacPherson (Lloyd Nolan), the practical navigator Stutz (Walter Abel), the young and inexperienced radio operator D'Annunzio (James Arness), and the resourceful flight engineer Foreman (Andy Devine).

As the days stretch on, the crew must contend with hunger, cold, and the constant threat of wild animals. They also face the possibility that they may never be rescued. Meanwhile, back in the United States, Dooley's wife and friends rally to raise funds for a rescue mission, which takes time due to the distance and the poor weather conditions.

The movie is a classic survival story and features stunning aerial footage of the Canadian wilderness. John Wayne gives a strong performance as the experienced and stoic captain, who must navigate not only the treacherous landscape but also the egos of his crew. Lloyd Nolan is also excellent as the tough-talking but loyal co-pilot, who serves as a foil to Dooley's more reserved demeanor.

The film was well received by audiences and critics alike, with particular praise given to the stunning cinematography and the tense survival story. It is considered one of John Wayne's best performances and a classic of the survival film genre.

In conclusion, Island in the Sky is a gripping and thrilling survival story that showcases the talents of John Wayne and a talented supporting cast. The film is a classic of its genre and features stunning aerial footage of the Canadian wilderness. It is a must-see for fans of John Wayne and survival stories alike.

Island in the Sky is a 1953 adventure movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 50 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.8.

Island in the Sky
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    1 hr 50 min
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    6.8  (3,746)