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4.0 out of 5 stars A Movie With A Soul.
This is a truly memorable film - comprising of a memorable story, memorable acting by Gregory Peck and memorable economical directing. However, the most memorable aspect of this film is the way it allows the story to seize your attention and then hands over to Peck and others to ensure your emotions are enagaged to the final end. The end is about victories of the soul and...
Published on 7 Sep 2002 by Mujahid Amin
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2.0 out of 5 stars Alot of interiors.
I like Gregory Peck and think that The Gunfighter, Guns of Navarone, The Big country, Boys From Brazil and The Omen are 10 out of 10 films. I also like many classic war films from the 40's and 50's like Sahara, Desert Rats, Desert Fox and Ice cold in Alex. I think these are great films. I also enjoy Aerial War Films including Yank in the RAF, Mosquito Squadron, 633...
Published on 4 Jun 2011 by j.r
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stands the test of time,
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An excellent movie demonstrating the psychological effect of war on humans, well worth a watch and if you like war films you have to add it to your collection
4.0 out of 5 stars A Gritty warrie,
Has everything, brave tight lipped fliers, dedicated & misunderstood leaders who have to send men out to be killed, gripping tension. I liked it & the story was easy to follow.
4.0 out of 5 stars VALUE FOR MONEY,
THIS IS A FILM I HAVE NEVER SEEN! AND BELIEVE ME , IN MY 67 YEARS I HAVE SEEN AN AWFUL LOT OF FILMS, ESPECIALLY
OF THIS VINTAGE (PRE-T.V. DAYS) THE QUALITY OF THE DISC WAS GOOD & THE DELIVERY PROMPT.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant DVD as an illustration of leadership capability,
Brilliant DVD as an illustration of leadership capability. Reminds all managers about how to become a leader. More information on www.principles4leadership.com
4.0 out of 5 stars The Impact of War,
This is a fine film which explores the very real tensions of war and the impact on the human emotions.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great drama and genuine air to air footage,
An engrossing story of heroism and leadership under pressure with great arial battle sequences with no CGI.
Great performances by the whole cast with plenty of atmosphere
5.0 out of 5 stars A very realistic summary of the wartime USAF in Britain,
I purchased this for my husband who really enjoyed it as a biopic of how the 8th Air Force contributed to WW II.
He would reccommend it to anyone wanting to understand the role of our American Allies during the last world war who are not old enough to have experienced the war for themselves. It is not full of gung ho histrionics to detract from its powerful message of sacrifice by those young men whose lives would never be the same again after experiencing the horrors of it.
5.0 out of 5 stars shoot-out at High Noon,
Any movie starring Gregory peck in the 40s is eminently watchable. 'Gentleman's Agreement' and 'Spellbound' will testify to that. Dean Jagger's retrospective and nostalgic introduction to the story will perhaps make veterans wince. 1949 is only seven years on from the fall of 1942. So the intervening years are perhaps too short to make balanced judgments. The music at the outset is brilliant, contrasting the idyllic English countryside with the almost deafening peal of warfare. The story of stress under combat conditions is a worthy theme, and the interplay of characters between Jagger, Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe and Millard Mitchell (who starred with Peck in 'The Gunfighter') is beautifully drawn. The reality looks at only one angle. Daylight bombing at 9000 feet may be hazardous for the airmen, but the damage inflicted by 'precision bombing' on innocent French citizens in towns, such as Rouen, is carefully airbrushed out of the scenario. The over-sensationalised scenes, such as when Jagger carries the severed arm of an airman out of the crashed B-17, although perhaps designed to shock, may have the opposite effect. The optimistic suggestion of the co-pilot that the rest of him was in a French hospital almost borders on the ludicrous. There can be no doubt that the B-17 heroes went through hell, and, if Brigadier-General Frank Savage (Peck) wants to understand what hell is really like, he has to share the experiences of his men. I have seen many films related to World War 2. This one is by far the best.
5.0 out of 5 stars they don't make em like this anymore!,
Gregory Peck at his best, one of the best WWII films I've seen of this era, moving yet honest, a complete film, it's exceptional.
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic war film that is really a study in leadership,
Twelve O'Clock High, the classic 1949 film about an American bomber squadron based in England during the Second World War, is nominally a war film but really one about leadership.
The background is military - most of the cast wear military uniforms, they fly military planes and they live on a military base - but the action is in their heads as a new man takes over a failing team, turns it around and then faces a breakdown himself.
Dating from when it does, there is little blood and gore shown on screen and as a result the film has a "U" certificate. It is however by no means all pleasant viewing, with a gruesome early scene involving a severed arm where verbal descriptions do far more in bringing out the horrors of war than a special effects bonanza would have.
Poignancy is added by the extensive use of real footage from air combat during the war for the film's own bombing mission scenes. The planes crashing down towards the ground, the people desperately bailing out - they are all real. It is not special effects or stunt men risking their lives; it was real people, in several cases almost certainly heading towards deaths a few seconds after the footage of them in the film cuts away. (The use of real footage also means that if you are a real airplane expert, you can spot a few planes being the wrong model or type in some scenes.)
But as I said, the film is really about leadership, with several scenes in particular being almost perfect for use in a training program. To what extent do people make their own luck? Is a run of bad luck a reason to sack someone? Is it good to stand by someone who has made mistakes or will the rest of the team expect and deserve a change of personnel? How do you give a failing team pride in its job? And so on.
In all this there are plenty of parallels with the actual leadership style and experience in the Second World War of controversial American airman Curtis Le May. Even if those parallels and the leadership lessons leave you uninterested, you can still sit back and enjoy a well-written and well-told story.
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