Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
Average Rating: 8.4/10
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How much can a man give? When the U.S. 8th Army Air Force 918th Bombardment group is ordered on their fourth harrowing mission in four hard days, Brigadier General Frank Savage (Gregory Peck) demands "maximum effort." The bombers are forced to fly lower, to fly farther, and to test themselves -- overspent and fatigued -- right up until death's door. When their dedicated colonel speaks out in their defense, Savage mercilessly takes over command -- an officer should not sympathize with his men.
Jan 1, 1949 Wide
Nov 6, 2001
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Gen. Frank Savage
Lt. Col. Ben Gately
Col. Keith Davenport
Major Harvey Stovall
Major "Doc" Kaiser
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John R. McKee
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Wisely, the writers and director, Mr. King, have husbanded the potential of an illustrated mission for one big concentrated punch, and they have got into this major sequence great excitement and reality.
Peck is superb as the man out of his depth, while King's solid direction and some fine camerawork make Twelve O'Clock High one of the most compelling examples of the genre.
A truly remarkable film, that manages to excite and enthrall as well as offer deep, rounded characters.
It's a rather uncharacteristic role for Gregory Peck, in that there's not a trace of cuddliness or Atticus Finch-esque nobility to Frank Savage. He's a man with a job that needs to get done, and everything in his existence is subservient to that goal.
Henry King's WWII drama is one of Hollywood's first and most honestly probing chronicles of the psychological anxieties and emotional pressures caused by high-command positions.
... one of the first and arguably the greatest of the Hollywood films to examine the pressures of command and psychological toll of making life and death decision...
One of the best post-WWII films; Peck is great.
In addition to the fine acting, Twelve O'Clock High features some gorgeous camerawork by Leon Shamroy and one of the most horrifying aerial attack sequences ever put on film.
Audience Reviews for Twelve O'Clock High
- Gen. Frank Savage: Really shows what happens to a man's mind in war time.
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