One Minute to Zero (Aug-1952)|
Director: Tay Garnett
Writers: Milton Krims; William Wister Haines
Producer: Edmund Grainger
Keywords: Drama, Korean War
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Review by John (posted on 9-Jul-2009)
I totally agree with the review attached above.
This is by far the most authentic movie about the Korean War. The plot is intriguing to say the least, and the locations and combat sequences are very realistic. Realistic in that they really look like happening right inside Korea; the landscapes captured (filmed in Colorado) are 'genuinely Korean' while the sequence in which Robert Mitchum is under intense pressure to stop a group Korean refugees by an artillery force is gripping but it also doesn't neglect the human side of the accident. Some of the aerial combat scenes were provided from actual footages but they are so seamlessly integrated I hardly recognized the difference. There are other superb Korean War films, e.g., Bridge at Tokori, Steel Helmet, Fixed Bayonets, but in terms of the grim realism and humanitarian perspectives this one tops them all. Great acting, especially by Mitchum, Blyth and Talman.
Why this film is not on DVD yet is beyond me.
Review by anonymous (posted on 15-Feb-2007)
Contrary to most reviews I have seen, this is one of Robert Mitchum's best efforts. Other reviewers have said that One Minute to Zero was remade as the Green Berets--NONSENSE! It was one of the first movies to show the early days of the Korean Conflict as it happened. Mitchum was at his best as the war weary Army Colonel who falls for the UN worker. He pulled no punches, by today's standards he was more than politically incorrect! The last 15 or 20 minutes where his unit was pinned down and almost over run were captivating and realistically portrayed. After a night's combat, you don't know who lived or died. You get up out of the fog and do a head count. It was a very very good movie and wish it comes out on DVD soon as my VHS copy is starting to fade. Easy 4 stars, and to those who don't know or understand why wars happen, I suggest watching it a couple of times.
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