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One Minute to Zero (Aug-1952)

Director: Tay Garnett

Writers: Milton Krims; William Wister Haines

Music by: Victor Young

Producer: Edmund Grainger

Keywords: Drama, Korean War

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Ann Blyth
16-Aug-1928   Mildred Pierce
Richard Egan
29-Jul-1921 20-Jul-1987 Samuel Clegg on Capitol
Eduard Franz
31-Oct-1902 10-Feb-1983 The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake
Charles McGraw
10-May-1914 30-Jul-1980 Armored Car Robbery
Robert Mitchum
6-Aug-1917 1-Jul-1997 Cape Fear
William Talman
4-Feb-1915 30-Aug-1968 Hamilton Burger on Perry Mason


Robert Mitchum   ...   Col. Steve Janowski
Ann Blyth   ...   Linda Day
William Talman   ...   Col. Parker (pilot)
Charles McGraw   ...   Sgt. Baker
Margaret Sheridan   ...   Mary Parker
Richard Egan   ...   Capt. Ralston
Eduard Franz   ...   Gustav Engstrand (UN)
Robert Osterloh   ...   Maj. Davis
Robert Gist   ...   Maj. Carter


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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