Twelve O'Clock High
Twelve O'Clock High (1949)

Twelve O'Clock High is a film about the World War II Air Force Squadron, starring Gregory Peck as the commander assigned to straighten up a down-on-their luck squadron, and send them into battle. The film includes footage of real-life… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1949
DVD Release Date: November 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Sincere, square, and interminable.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Wisely, the writers and director, Mr. King, have husbanded the potential of an illustrated mission for one big concentrated punch, and they have got into this major sequence great excitement and reality.

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Peck is superb as the man out of his depth, while King's solid direction and some fine camerawork make Twelve O'Clock High one of the most compelling examples of the genre.

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Variety Staff

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

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Sean Axmaker

... one of the first and arguably the greatest of the Hollywood films to examine the pressures of command and the psychological toll of making life and death decisions for men they come know and care for ...

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Empire Magazine

A truly remarkable film, that manages to excite and enthrall as well as offer deep, rounded characters.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

One of Peck's best performances.

Tracy Moore
Common Sense Media

Gripping psychological war drama has more talk than action.

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Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

It's a rather uncharacteristic role for Gregory Peck, in that there's not a trace of cuddliness or Atticus Finch-esque nobility to Frank Savage. He's a man with a job that needs to get done, and everything in his existence is subservient to that goal.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
Overall, I liked this film. It was slow and stagy and speechy and borderline joyless, but Gregory Peck's charisma is enough to keep you watching, and the… More
Chris Browning
A strong performance by Gregory Peck and the supporting cast, the film is a Classic look at life during wartime and the individual and an in depth look at what… More
Randy Tippy
One of the all-time great war films. High marks for drama, technical accuracy and, best of all, Gregory freakin-Peck!
Mike T.
A rugged, intriguing character drama characterized by an avoidance of heroic propaganda and endless battle sequences. Gregory Peck is terrific in the lead role,… More
John Ballantine
A film that no doubt produced "nostalgia" about the concluded war effort. There is nothing wrong with Peck's portrayal which is quite good. It… More
Part of a wave of war movies to get made after WW2 ended. This one has the distinction of not focusing too heavily on combat and instead focusing on what life… More