Twelve O'Clock High (Full Screen) (Bilingual) [Import]
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The wartime memories of surviving World War II bomber squadrons were still crystal clear when this acclaimed drama was released in 1949--one of the first postwar films out of Hollywood to treat the war on emotionally complex terms. Framed by a postwar prologue and epilogue and told as a flashback appreciation of wartime valor and teamwork, the film stars Gregory Peck in one of his finest performances as a callous general who assumes command of a bomber squadron based in England. At first, the new commander has little rapport with the 918th Bomber Group, whose loyalties still belong with their previous commander. As they continue to fly dangerous missions over Germany, however, the group and their new leader develop mutual respect and admiration, until the once-alienated commander feels that his men are part of a family--men whose bravery transcends the rigors of rigid discipline and by-the-book leadership. The film's now-classic climax, in which the general waits patiently for his squad to return to base--painfully aware that they may not return at all--is one of the most subtle yet emotionally intense scenes of any World War II drama. With Peck in the lead and Dean Jagger doing Oscar-winning work in a crucial supporting role, this was one of veteran director Henry King's proudest achievements, and it still packs a strong dramatic punch. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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While the plot is nothing special, the movie is absolutely brilliant. Despite the movie being set in the military, character of Gen. Savage is universal and timeless.
Gen. Savage replaces a friend of his as the commanding officer of the 918th Bomber Group. What makes this movie so different than other war movies is that the movie focuses on the chess game Gen. Savage has to play to get the bomber group to operate effectively with no casualties. At first glance, there is no easy answer as to why the bomber group is not doing well. The movie revolves around Gen. Savage picking the organization apart to find the problems. As Gen. Savage implements changes to fix the issues, he is met with heavy resistance from his own men. A majority of the movie is dedicated to how Gen. Savage implements the changes in the bomber group.
This movie is about strategy. It is not about the strategy of war, but rather the strategy and the problems encountered when trying to implement organizational change. While the move would not be as exciting, the role of Gen. Savage could as easily been a CEO or any person who overseas people.
I highly recommend this movie to anyone that has to supervise people. It is great to see a war movie that focuses on the "behind the scenes" issues rather than the death and violence of the battlefield.
Twelve O'clock high is a very moving film. It's in B&W, and I think personally, the film benefits from this. It gives you the grim realities of sending young men out to die and the men who shoulder that decisions. There are bigger epics - like the air shows of 'The Battle of Britain' or the tank saga of 'The Battle of the Bulge', but I don't think any film can really touch the power of this film. It does not deal with the battles, but the men. It is a quiet film that address the pressures men face, the ones going out there and fighting, the ones that stay behind and give the orders. It is bloody brilliant!
Gregory Peck stars as Brig. Gen. Frank Savage. At the start of the film, he is dealing with the Lt. Col. Ben R. Gately played by the underrated and very natural actor, Hugh Marlowe. Gately is very popular with his men, because he cares. Each time he sends them out and they do not come back, his heart bleeds. Slowly the grim guilt is grinding him down. Savage sees his friend's problems as one of distancing himself from the men. If you stay aloof, do not get involved with them personally, the decisions would come easier. When Savage voices this opinion once too often, he is told to put his money with his mouth is - he is to take over for the cracking Gately.
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One of the best war movies ever and based on reality. Day light bombing raids over Germany showed what courage these men had!Published 1 month ago by Barry Crawford
The 918th Bombardment Group of the U.S. Eighth Air Force is known as the hard-luck group. Gen. Frank Savage (Gregory Peck) does not believe in luck and chalks it down to attitude... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bernie
A great thinker movie. Not your typical Hollywood 'bang the drum' war movie.Published 5 months ago by GREG DAVIDSON
Gregory Peck is probably one of the most versatile actors of all time. He can play a good guy or a bad guy equally well. Read morePublished 10 months ago by K. Anderson
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