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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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If you like drama and people talking all of the time, (and Gregory Peck) this is for you!
The general plans to take a different tact. We watch as it is applied and the results. You may pretty much have guessed the steps and outcome as there have been several movie of this type.
This movie however is exceptional good at the acting and story.
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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 2 months ago by Barry Crawford
A great thinker movie. Not your typical Hollywood 'bang the drum' war movie.Published 6 months ago by GREG DAVIDSON
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