Twelve O'Clock High

Twelve O'Clock High

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Director: Henry King

Cast: Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill

     
 

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Henry King's all-star WWII drama Twelve O'Clock High comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital Stereo and Dolby Digital Mono, while a French soundtrack has also been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. English and SpanishSee more details below

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Henry King's all-star WWII drama Twelve O'Clock High comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital Stereo and Dolby Digital Mono, while a French soundtrack has also been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. There are no special features of any note on this release. 20th Century Fox has done a decent-enough job with this title, but more could have been done, especially considering the number of celebrities in the cast.

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Most war films maintain that the officer's experience is incomparable to the trauma that befalls the enlisted man. The genre's resulting narratives consistently dwell on the emotional distance between a higher-up and his inferiors -- an exaggerated separation mended only by a common goal (winning the war) and never a common experience (fighting the battle). Henry King's Twelve O'Clock High rejects this practice. The film portrays the pressures of war as torturous to all dutiful soldiers and as a catalyst for mutual admiration and compassion between all ranks. Twelve O'Clock High reveals that a commander can understand his men, and in turn, those men can sympathize with their commander. Based on the reign of actual American Brigadier General Frank A. Armstrong Jr., the story of Gregory Peck's General Savage remains one of the most fair and celebrated accounts of leadership. To expertly match this narrative honesty with technical accuracy, King also became one of the first directors to incorporate real footage of distressed American planes, taken by the German Luftwaffe. The film's look is as genuine and unaffected as its tale. Twelve O'Clock High is a sincere and realistic war film, so inspiring that it was required viewing at the U.S. Air Force Academy for years after its release.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2002
UPC:
0024543030072
Original Release:
1949
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:12:00
Sales rank:
709

Special Features

Full-frame format [aspect ratio 1.33:1]; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Audio: English stereo, English mono, French mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gregory Peck Gen. Frank Savage
Hugh Marlowe Lt. Col. Ben Gately
Gary Merrill Col. Keith Davenport
Millard Mitchell General Pritchard
Dean Jagger Major Harvey Stovall
Robert Arthur Sergeant McIllhenny
Paul Stewart Major "Doc" Kaiser
John Kellogg Major Cobb
Joyce MacKenzie Nurse
Lee MacGregor Lieutenant Zimmerman
Sam Edwards Birdwell
Roger Anderson Interrogation Officer
John Zilly Sergeant Ernie
William Short Lieutenant Pettinghill
Richard Anderson Lieutenant McKessen
Lawrence Dobkin Captain Twombley
Kenneth Tobey Sentry
Campbell Copelin Mr. Britton
Peter Ortiz Weather Observer
Steve Clark Clerk in Antique Shop
Patrick Whyte Clerk
Robert Patten Lieutenant Bishop
Russ Conway Operations Officer
Don Hicks Lieutenant Wilson
John R. McKee Operations Officer

Technical Credits
Henry King Director
Sy Bartlett Screenwriter
W.D. Flick Sound/Sound Designer
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Beirne Lay Screenwriter
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Barbara McLean Editor
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Ben Nye Makeup
Maurice Ransford Art Director
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Return to Archbury [:13]
2. A Tragic Run [1:31]
3. What is Maximum Effort? [5:16]
4. General Savage [1:51]
5. Hard Luck [5:16]
6. The New Commander [1:47]
7. Morale Problem [4:33]
8. Loyalty [2:59]
9. The Gamble [4:25]
10. Germany! [3:17]
11. Casualties [3:55]
12. Critical Mission [4:16]
13. Twelve O'Clock High [8:23]
14. Maximum Effort [2:37]
15. The Final Battle [5:08]
16. End Credits [4:36]

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