This is a 1949 American war-time drama directed by Henry King, adapted by the 1948 novel of the same name.
The film depicts the story about aircrews in the United States Army's Eighth Air Force who flew daylight bombing missions against Nazi Germany during the early days of American involvement in World War II.
It is about leadership.
The air-combat scenes are the footages filmed by the actual film crews of the US Air Forces and the Luftwaffe.
It is one of the best war-time dramas---culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.
Few movies of World War II start the movie looking back at the war. It is as if as desolate farm field of cows was once a busy U.S. airfield. From that airfield U.S. military combat missions were launched. Those are the men that "Twelve O'clock High" honors. It is a magnificent story of their courage and teamwork to make successful missions. I truly am proud to be an American after watching "Twelve O'clock High!
"Twelve O'clock High" is no ordinary movie. It was produced in 1949 during the Golden Age of Films by none other than Daryl F. Zanuck. The Director is Henry King who from 1930 to 1960 has 119 film credits. He was best known for taking great literature books and putting them on the big screen. For me though, the man that made "Twelve O'clock High" the masterpiece is the cinematographer Leon Shamroy. He took actual flight film of bombings over Germany by our troops and added it to the films recreated scenes. You feel like your in the action with the planes and their pilots. The cast is first rate with Gregory Peck the commander of the bomber unit. By todays standards, these planes look like they could be easily shot out of the air. That is why the story is so compelling. The risk to the pilots and their bond to each other is an amazing story. Relatives of yours may have been involved in World War II in the same type of missions described in "Twelve O'clock High". The film is a fitting tribute to them and I am glad to say it is a Five Star Film Tribute! As always, I would appreciate your reaction to the film.
Overbearing U.S. flight commander Gregory Peck seeks to raise the morale of his men by shaming them as incompetent cowards.
An entertaining movie about WWll. The footage of actual battle sceens is fantastic.
Peck is dynamite! You'll crack before he does.
Great. That's all I have to say. :)
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