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One Minute To Zero (1952)

Robert Mitchum , Ann Blyth , Tay Garnett  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Mitchum, Ann Blyth, William Talman, Charles Mcgraw, Margaret Sheridan
  • Directors: Tay Garnett
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: September 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DIA0IQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,890 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Using refugees as human shields, North Korean troops advance on Col. Steve Jankowski and his dug-in troops. Hoping to turn the throng back, Jankowski orders his gunners to fire warning shots short of the advance. Again and again the cannons roar, aiming closer each time. The approach continues: Jankowski must make an agonizing decision. Robert Mitchum portrays Jankowski, a leader of U.S. forces that are part of the United Nations Coalition pushing back against the invasion south of the 38th Parallel. Tay Garnett (Bataan, The Cross of Lorraine) directs, effectively integrating documentary footage of the conflict. Ann Blyth plays a UN official drawn to Jankowski. And it wouldn't be a war flick without a tough top kick - a role Charles McGraw fits perfectly.

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic Story Of Both War & Love August 1, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
As a retired Army officer, I can honestly say that this is one of the best renditions of war, while also covering our continued lack of preparation for sudden conflict. I can also relate to the waiting wives, their losses and love for the spouse who must leave to fight. The Korean War was sudden. Robert Mitchum and William Talman (DA off old Perry Mason) with Ann Blyth provide powerful performances. Very factual of how the few military personnel in Korea at the time, fought for "time" till more help could come. A lot of actual war footage included. The scene of being forced to take action on the refugees is just part of the harsh but required reality of this excellent film. This is based on a true story, KOREA!!!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1950 Time Capsule September 2, 2008
Format:VHS Tape
This seems to be an honest effort to depict what happened in the early stages of the Korean War. It depicts the warfare taking place from the first days until the Inchon Landing had successfully taken place (October 1950).

The film was made in the throes of the war and could only look forward with faith and optimism to a positive outcome. Portrayed are the attempts to train the South Korean troops in modern warfare, the arrival of the Royal Australian Airforce to assist the efforts of the Americans and South Koreans, the arrival of British Army troops, the use, by the North Koreans of Russian tanks, and aircraft, and the talk of the North Koreans being directed from Moscow.

Diverse military actions are shown from the method of disabling a tank at the outset, to dealing with guerrilla warfare, combined land and air actions, disrupting of enemy supply lines etc, along with a frank look at the suffering and hell of war itself.

This film does use actual footage from the War and it is skilfully and seamlessly woven into the fabric of the film. It is a memorial of the times, a veritable time capsule from 1950. It also indicates strongly that a substantial portion of the Hollywood crowd were certainly not Communist sympathisers.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good war film - good video copy, awful audio January 27, 2012
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Although the film print is good, the audio is horrific. Within two (2) seconds as the music swells under the titles, there is distortion. You also have to pump up the volume of your device on this transfer. The audio throughout the film is all over the place, worse with music, sometimes with explosions (its war), and a bit ugly with dialogue and music under.

No one at Warners took the time to Q.C. this. I assume it was farmed out. Of course, "they" may say it is/was the best print available. Perhaps I just got a terrible copy since these are "allegedly" made to order.

Also, the original price was $15.99, not $19.99 (as of this writing).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old Fashioned war movie with surprises December 25, 2011
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One Minute to Zero has been one of my favorites always. This story covers the earliest days of the Korean War until the breakout from Pusan and the landings at Inchon (only referred too). For me what makes this story so good is the reality given to each of the main characters. Real people in real situations. The producers courage to show an attack against civilian refugees being used to infiltrate our lines by the North Koreans to kill our soldiers was so totally out of line with the usual white wash given to any subject which would make our troops look bad. Howard Hughes stood his ground to the DOD and left it in to show the horror of war but also how because of war, good men must make terrible decisions that kill the innocent along with the enemy in order to save their mens lives. As Robert Mitchum's character pointed out "Decisions that should be left alone to God". A pulsating and action packed but thoughtful picture.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gilberts review of one minute to zero October 17, 2012
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I recently purchased the movie " One Minute to Zero" this is a movie starring Robert Mitchum as a US Army Officer in Korea.
The movie starts out just before the Attack of the Communist North Korea on the Republic of Korea (south korea). Mitchum's Character is helping to train the understrength and under equipped ROK Army. also a war movie is not a war movie from this era without the proverbial love interest. Anyways , This is a pretty decent war movie and it also shows what the communist guerillas did during the war - albeit a little to overt but an example of dirty tactics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Minute To Zero February 9, 2013
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I enjoyed the movie and would recommend it to war movie fans. It is a classic war film set in the Korean War.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixture of war and romance January 26, 2012
At the onset of the invasion of South Korea by North Korea, an Army Colonel (Robert Mitchum) and a U.N. worker (Ann Blyth) clash. But when the Colonel is wounded in battle and sent to Japan to recuperate, he and she renew their relationship but this time romantically rather than hostile. Surprisingly, Mitchum and Blyth have a very nice on screen chemistry together. While the film itself is decent enough, it's really not more than a WWII propaganda war film but this time with the "Commies" substituting for the Nazis. The aerial sequences are quite good (which is no surprise since aerial enthusiast Howard Hughes was a co-producer) but where the film is really strong is in its almost throwaway portrait of the waiting wives and the emotional stress they go through. The film utilizes documentary footage interspersed with filmed footage without much effect. Directed by Tay Garnett (THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE). The score is by Victor Young and his love theme for the film became a hit song once words were added, When We Fall In Love became a pop standard. With Richard Egan, William Talman, Margaret Sheridan (THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, Roy Roberts, Eduard Franz and Charles McGraw.

The Warner Archives MOD DVD is a nice B&W transfer in its appropriate 1.33 aspect ratio but the audio which lacks clarity could have been tweaked a little.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive drama from the Past.
True,vintage Mitchum,completely on the top of his game,and set around the Korean war.Its an excellent story,not just a load of Bang-Bang,and the romantic interest is provided by... Read more
Published 2 days ago by michael john madine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 16 days ago by anita creasy
4.0 out of 5 stars The start of the Korean War
The only movie I have seen that covered the start of the Korean War accurately. By way of newsreel footage, it shows the atrocities committed on captured U.S. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pete N. Austira
5.0 out of 5 stars Korean War Classic
I must say the movie was much better than what I remembered as a kid. I felt compelled to add this movie to my collection since my dad was a Korean War vet. Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. E. Hanney
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summary: totally satisfied with the entire process, from order to received time to viewing. would recommend amazon to everyone. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dixie Calmese
5.0 out of 5 stars GRATE WAR FILM.
Been looking for this dvd for a long time.think it is one of the best films of it's time.great action, good story.
Published 4 months ago by S /F OLD READER 1962.
4.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch
This is a good movie. I enjoy watching a movie that keeps you really entertained. If you like war movies then this one is one you'll enjoy
Published 5 months ago by Russell Copus
4.0 out of 5 stars One minute to Zero of What?
This is one of the few Howard Hughes movies produced in the former Joseph P. Kennedy RKO plant created at the same time as the story events occur in the early 50s. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Hawkeye
4.0 out of 5 stars A Show Case of American Military Unpreparedness and High Quality Make...
This is a really good story about the first days of the Korean War, a period of time when the U.S. was getting its butt thoroughly kicked by a third world power. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mark W. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars War/Drama/Romance
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