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One Minute to Zero

Overview

This Korean War drama is essentially a vehicle for RKO's top male star Robert Mitchum. He plays war-weary "Colonel Steve," obliged to contend with the North Korean forces while keeping troublesome UN official Linda Day Ann Blyth at arm's length. Some authentic Korean combat footage is well-integrated into the story. For all its talk about jet planes, Reds and atomic energy, the film is at base a redressed WW II drama. Good supporting performances are provided Charles McGraw as a tough sergeant and William Talman ...
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Overview

This Korean War drama is essentially a vehicle for RKO's top male star Robert Mitchum. He plays war-weary "Colonel Steve," obliged to contend with the North Korean forces while keeping troublesome UN official Linda Day Ann Blyth at arm's length. Some authentic Korean combat footage is well-integrated into the story. For all its talk about jet planes, Reds and atomic energy, the film is at base a redressed WW II drama. Good supporting performances are provided Charles McGraw as a tough sergeant and William Talman as a jet pilot. Reportedly budgeted at over two million dollars, One Minute to Zero had trouble making back its cost, despite the box-office pull of Robert Mitchum.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
One Minute To Zero is a rather dull war picture. Though far from a disaster, Minute simply doesn't have a lot of life in it and so will be rewarding viewing only for diehard fans of war flicks, Robert Mitchum or Ann Blyth. Minute does include some genuine documentary footage of the actual conflict in Korea, and that footage provides genuine attraction. It isn't very well integrated with the rest of the film; it's clear when one is watching real combat and when it watching the Hollywood version. But its presence is probably the most interesting thing about the film, aside from one plot point. Certainly, the screenplay is not interesting, being nothing more than one war movie cliché piled on top of another. The exceptional plot point is a crucial sequence in which Mitchum's character orders civilians to be gunned down, justifying this by showing that the civilians were in fact guerrillas in disguise. It's a disturbing scene, especially when seen today. Director Tay Garnett turns in terribly uninspired work, giving the impression that he had no involvement whatsoever in the material. Mitchum and Blyth add some star power, and their "Golden Moon" duet has some chemistry, but Mitchum doesn't seem to be half trying and Blyth is only effective in fits and starts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2011
  • UPC: 883316288009
  • Original Release: 1952
  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 23,602

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Mitchum Col. Steve Janowski
Ann Blyth Linda Day
William Talman Col. Parker
Charles McGraw Sgt. Baker
Margaret Sheridan Mary Parker
Richard Egan Capt. Ralston
Eduard Franz Dr. Gustav Engstrand
Robert Osterloh Maj. Davis
Robert Gist Maj. Carter
Roy Roberts Gen. Thomas
Wally Cassell Pvt. Means
Eddie Firestone Lt. Stevens
Peter Thompson Lt. Cronin
Ted Ryan Pvt. Noble
Larry Stewart Pvt. Weiss
Lalo Rios Pvt. Chico Mendoza
Hal Baylor Pvt. Jones
Thomas Carr Pvt. Clark
Monya Andre French UN Woman
Robert Bray
Kay Christopher Mrs. Stuart
William Forrest
Dorothy Granger
Alvin Greenman Pvt. Lane
Tom Irish Sgt. Cook
Maurice Marsac M.F. Villon
Tyler McVey
Ray Montgomery
Al Murphy
Buddy Swan
Stuart Whitman Officer
Michael St. Angel Lt. Martin
Karen Hale Nurse
John Mallory Soldier
Edmund Grainger
Technical Credits
Tay Garnett Director
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Belcher Editor
Norman Bennett Songwriter
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Edmund Grainger Producer
William Wister Haines Screenwriter
Milton Krims Screenwriter
Frank McWhorter Editor
Jack Okey Art Director
William Snyder Cinematographer
Nobuyuki Takeoda Songwriter
Sherman Todd Editor
Michael Woulfe Costumes/Costume Designer
Victor Young Score Composer
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