- Languages: English, French
- Subtitles: English, Spanish
- Rated: Unrated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 12 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: November 6, 2001
- Originally Released: 1949
- Label: 20th Century Fox
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Surround 5.1 - English
- Mono - French
- Subtitles - Spanish - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Fox Flix Trailers
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Selection
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Academy Awards 1949 -
Best Sound Recording
Academy Awards 1949 -
Best Supporting Actor: Dean Jagger
Entertainment Weekly - 06/03/1994
"...Peck commands this hardheaded depiction..." -- Rating: B+
USA Today - 06/01/2001
"...A great movie about the pressures of leadership..."
Uncut - 09/01/2005
"Peck disintegrates movingly for his favorite director, Henry King....A tense, terrific film."
Description by OLDIES.com:
This gritty World War II action drama starring Gregory Peck, Oscar winner Dean Jagger, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill and Millard Mitchell is seen as one of the most realistic portrayals of the heroics and perils of war. Convinced an Air Force commander is at the breaking point, Brigadier General Savage (Peck) takes over his struggling bomber group. At first resentful and rebellious, the flyers gradually change as Savage guides them to amazing feats. But the stress of command soon takes its toll and the weary general reaches his own breaking point.
Authentic aerial battle footage and numerous acclaimed performances make Twelve O'Clock High a credible, stirring tale of courage and sacrifice.
Dashing Gregory Peck stars as General Frank Savage, commander of the 8th Air Force during World War II. Loosely based on the true story of Major General Frank A. Armstrong, TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH begins with Savage appearing to be a fearless fighter with almost no compassion for his men. Told in flashback from the perspective of Major Harvey Stovall (Dean Jagger), the story unfolds as Savage takes over Stovall's Bomb Group in 1942. The company has suffered numerous losses, morale is at an all-time low, and the tired pilots and their crews are immediately antagonized by Savage's obsession with discipline, leaving Savage and Stovall with the onerous task of rebuilding the pride of a fighting force that despises its leader. Jagger received an Oscar for his efforts, but the real star is Peck, exhibiting a vast repertoire to portray a complicated character. Using actual combat footage from both American and German cameras, director Henry King creates an environment in which bravery and heroism count but war itself is anything but romantic.
This compelling World War II epic of the 8th Air Force, adapted from the novel by Sy Bartlett and Beirne Lay Jr., is given a new dimension by Gregory Peck, who plays a combat leader who guides his men to the absolute edge. Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Picture, Best Actor--Gregory Peck. Academy Awards: 2, including Best Supporting Actor--Dean Jagger.
- TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1998.