Twelve O'Clock High


Twelve O'Clock High

Critics Consensus

Twelve O'Clock High is a high-stakes, high-tension war drama powered by great, well-written characters.



Total Count: 24


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User Ratings: 6,009
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Twelve O'Clock High is a film about the World War II Air Force Squadron, starring Gregory Peck as the commander assigned to straighten up a down-on-their luck squadron, and send them into battle. The film includes footage of real-life World War II aerial fights.

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Gregory Peck
as Gen. Frank Savage
Hugh Marlowe
as Lt. Col. Ben R. Gately
Dean Jagger
as Major Harvey Stovall
Gary Merrill
as Col. Keith Davenport
Millard Mitchell
as Lt. Gen Pritchard
Robert Arthur
as Sgt. McIllhenny
Paul Stewart
as Major Kaiser
John Kellogg
as Major Joe Cobb
Robert Patten
as Lt. Jesse Bishop
Lee MacGregor
as Lt. Zimmerman
Sam Edwards
as Birdwell
Roger Anderson
as Interrogation Officer
John Zilly
as Sgt. Ernie
William Short
as Lt. Pettinghill
Richard Anderson
as Lt. McKessen
Lawrence Dobkin
as Capt. Twombley
John McKee
as Operations Officer
Campbell Copelin
as Mr. Britton
Peter Ortiz
as Weather Observer
Don Hicks
as Lt. Wilson
Ray Hyke
as Bartender
Harry Lauter
as Radio Officer
Leslie Denison
as RAF Officer
John R. McKee
as Operations Officer
Russ Conway
as Operations Officer
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Critic Reviews for Twelve O'Clock High

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (5)

  • It is one of the best treatments of World War II. but not without its defects. These include its length and some of the old war picture cliches. But the acting (especially Peck) and direction approach greatness.

    Jul 25, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Sincere, square, and interminable.

    Feb 10, 2012 | Full Review…
  • As a drama, High deals soundly and interestingly with its situations.

    Oct 10, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • One of Peck's best performances.

    Feb 9, 2006

    Tom Milne

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • ... one of the first and arguably the greatest of the Hollywood films to examine the pressures of command and the psychological toll of making life and death decisions for men they come know and care for ...

    Feb 24, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Twelve O'Clock High

  • May 15, 2014
    A film that no doubt produced "nostalgia" about the concluded war effort. There is nothing wrong with Peck's portrayal which is quite good. It just reeks of film propaganda that was prevalent during the war period already past.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 08, 2011
    A strong performance by Gregory Peck and the supporting cast, the film is a Classic look at life during wartime and the individual and an in depth look at what each person can take when pushed to their brink. The character Peck plays is harsh, unemotional, and downright a hardass but as the film goes on and the General played by Peck grows with his new company of men and experiences battle firsthand and the loss of others, there is a huge change in his character. We see him being pushed to the breaking point and the devastating effects and in a word; transcedence.
    Chris B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2010
    Overall, I liked this film. It was slow and stagy and speechy and borderline joyless, but Gregory Peck's charisma is enough to keep you watching, and the speeches are quite good. A fine tale of what it takes to be a leader, and maybe one of the earliest war movies told in the flashback mode we now associate with Saving Private Ryan.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2009
    One of the all-time great war films. High marks for drama, technical accuracy and, best of all, Gregory freakin-Peck!
    Randy T Super Reviewer

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