Twelve O'Clock High | Full Movie

Twelve O'Clock High
  • NR
  • 2h 13m
  • 1949
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Gregory Peck received a Best Actor OSCAR nomination for his powerful performance in this thrilling war drama. After the 918 Bomb Group suffers devastating losses during World War II, Brigadier General Frank Savage (Peck) is sent to take command of the unit. Although at first his men resent the tough disciplinarian, he ultimately becomes personally involved in their wellbeing.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Twelve O'Clock High is a high-stakes, high-tension war drama powered by great, well-written characters.
Variety Staff

As a drama, High deals soundly and interestingly with its situations.

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Tom Milne

One of Peck's best performances.

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Bosley Crowther

Wisely, the writers and director, Mr. King, have husbanded the potential of an illustrated mission...

June 17, 2017
Sean Axmaker

... one of the first and arguably the greatest of the Hollywood films to examine the pressures of...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Gripping psychological war drama has more talk than action.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Twelve O'Clock High is a 1949 WWII film in black and white about daylight bombers. There's casual era-specific drinking and smoking, wartime violence with no bloodshed but references to death, and exterior shots of planes blowing up. It focuses more heavily on the psychological effects of war and turning a hard-luck crew into a fighting machine than high-action scenes: There's a lot of extensive strategizing and talking, with only a few scenes of action out of 132 minutes. A gripping look at war, but not likely to keep the attention of young kids. Best for teens or older.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Military & War, Drama, Action
  • Release Date:December 29, 1949
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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