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Twelve O'Clock High 1949

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This gritty World War II action drama staring Gregory Peck, Oscar winner Dean Jagger, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill and Millard Mitchell is seen as one of the most realistic portrayals of the heroics and perils of war.

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Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe
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2 hours, 12 minutes

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Genres Military & War, Drama
Director Henry King
Starring Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe
Supporting actors Gary Merrill, Millard Mitchell, Dean Jagger, Robert Arthur, Paul Stewart, John Kellogg, Robert Patten, Lee MacGregor, Sam Edwards, Roger Anderson, Robert Blunt, William Bryant, Steve Clark, Russ Conway, Campbell Copelin, Leslie Denison, Lawrence Dobkin, George Edwards
Studio Fox
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH is an emotional and physiologically charged film looking at the devastating effects of command and the effects of war. In some ways this is the greatest WWII film ever made. Several years ago I worked with a WWII veteran who was in the the Big Red One 1st Infantry division. He was there from Casablanca to a Death camp they liberated in Czechoslovakia. We had many discussions during coffee break and lunch break. I once asked him if there was any film made that took place during WWII that he thought came close to depicting what it was like to be there. I was surprised when he told me that TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH was the best. He simply said that it depicted what it was like. He thought this was a very good film. I was always surprised that a guy in the infantry would pick this as the best WWII film. I have watched it many times and I think I understand what he saw. The opening of the film has always haunted me. It is just so moving gives you a feeling of wanting that is so hard to explain. This film is so captivating and so interesting as it unfolds. Gregory Peck's General Frank Savage sees things in what appears to be from an objective standpoint. He relieves Gary Merrill's Colonel Keith Davenport from his command of his tired and worn bomber group because Peck feels Merrill is near the breaking point of his wits and good reason and being too close to his men. Peck takes over command of the group. Peck's objectivity lacks a key emotional content in his sole purpose to command with detached intellect and get the job done. In time Peck finds that a camaraderie has developed with the group who initially resented Merrill's relief of command. In time Peck finds himself in a similar state that he found originally found Gary Merrill and so it goes.Read more ›
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This is one of the great war movies of all time. Gregory Peck plays General Frank Savage, who is suddenly called upon to replace a popular Bomb Group Commander who had too closely identified with his men at the expense of the mission. At first the men hate their new commander, but over time, as General Savage corrects the problems with the Group, the men come to respect him and hold him in high regard. This is a great story about leadership and tough going in the face of high casualties and bad odds. It is set in the early days of the US 8th Air Force, which was tasked to carry out daylight precision bombing over Germany and Nazi-occupied Europe. The concept was new, untried, and only partially successful in these early days. Losses were horrific and the men were tasked, to the breaking point, with the doctrine being that each man must exert "maximum effort."

This film is well-acted and every line and every scene is key to the entire story. This is movie-making the way it should be. Although the latter part of the film juxtaposes some actual war combat footage, mostly this movie relies on its gripping storyline rather than razzle-dazzle special effects. The result is a film that many viewers will watch over and over.

This film is only partly realistic. The high casualties and sometimes low morale were certainly real. However, this film omits the fact that daylight precision bombing over Germany only really became effective once the bomber formations were escorted by Mustang fighters. It is too bad that a sequel to this film was never made to tell that story and correct that inaccuracy.

No matter. This is a gripping and magnificent film that no viewer should miss. RJB.
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Superb WW2 action flick. I've heard that the military has shown this movie in their leadership class for years. All star cast headed by Gregory Peck as General Frank Savage who took over command of the 918th bomber squadron (which is a job normally filled by a colonel). I've heard that General Savage (Peck) role is loosely based on General Armstrong's tour in the bombers. Colonel Davenport (Merrill) who is replaced by his friend General Savage who is told by his boss, General Pritchard (Mitchell), to shape up the 918th. Col Davenport was suffering from combat fatigue and had become buddy buddy with his subordinates and had become ineffective in carrying out the dangerous assignment of his command. Peck did a superb job. This B&W movie is a real classic and they made a great TV series of the same name.
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This movie s not just about war, it is about: leadership, teamwork as an end to a desired outcome, and possessing qualities and skills necessary to become a great team; old favorite, that is for all eras!
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An excellent portrayal of air combat and the daily routine of a bombardment group during WWII. Getting the first-hand account from my Dad who was in the 91st at Royston, Eng., and who personally introduced me to the real Gen.Savage (Armstrong), the film was the best movie of it's kind. The T.V. series was equally as good and it's a toss-up as to who did the better job..Greg Peck or Robt. Lansing! The acting all-around was as good as the direction and script from the book. The Academy should have been more generous with the Oscars. Every chance I get, I still get out and climb around in those 4-engine "forts"----"lest we forget".
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