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  • Manufacturer: 20th Century Fox
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  • Model #2270696



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      How much can a man give? When the U.S. 8th Army Air Force 918th Bombardment group is ordered on their fourth harrowing mission in four hard days, Brigadier General Frank Savage (Gregory Peck) demands "maximum effort." The bombers are forced to fly lower, to fly farther, and to test themselves -- overspent and fatigued -- right up until death's door. When their dedicated colonel speaks out in their defense, Savage mercilessly takes over command -- an officer should not sympathize with his men. The Brigadier General will compel the 918th to stop pitying itself and to hone its morale in the face of danger. Yet, as the men grow colder due to Savage's orders and the missions bring them closer to their crucial German targets, the officer learns the practical impossibility of raising the confidence of young men while also sending them to their deaths. He begins to understand that it is the burden of command that makes even the toughest leader sympathetic. Eventually caring for his men above all else, it is Savage who is forced to carry the hardships of "maximum effort" -- asking himself, how much can a man take? ~ Aubry Anne D'Arminio, Rovi
    Movie Type
    Movie Level Themes
      Military Life, War in the Sky, Behind Enemy Lines
    Movie Level Tones
      Melancholy, Tense, Earnest, Reflective

    DVD Features

    • Audio Commentary with Historians Rudy Behlmer, Jon Burlingame and Nick Redman
    • Memories of Twelve O'Clock High
    • WWll and the American Home Front
    • Inspiring a Character: General Frank A. Armstrong
    • The Pilots of the Eighth Air Force
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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. ~ Aubry Anne D'Arminio, Rovi


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