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One Minute to Zero (1952)

Approved | | Drama, War | August 1952 (USA)
During the early days of the Korean War, U.S. Army colonel Steve Janowski is one of the military advisers training the South Korean army and he's tasked with evacuating American civilians from the war zone.

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Tay Garnett
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Mitchum ... Col. Steve Janowski
Ann Blyth ... Mrs. Linda Day
William Talman ... Col. John Parker
Charles McGraw ... Sfc. Baker
Margaret Sheridan ... Mary Parker
Richard Egan ... Capt. Ralston
Eduard Franz ... Dr. Gustav Engstrand
Robert Osterloh ... Maj. Davis
Robert Gist ... Maj. Carter
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Storyline

Wartime drama about an idealistic young UN official (Ann Blyth) who finds out about the horrors of war when she falls in love with Colonel Steve Janowski (Robert Mitchum), the officer in charge of evacuating citizens from Korea. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Love That Lived with Danger! See more »

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

August 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Operation O See more »

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Budget:

$2,181,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Jayne Meadows tested for the female lead. See more »

Goofs

At about Minute 16, the fighter pilots say good-bye to their wives before the mission. One says, "Ralph always comes back!" While bombing and strafing the NKs attacking Colonel Janowsky, Ralph is shot down. A moment later, Janowsky is hit. After being taken by prop plane to the hospital, getting treated, likely for many days, becoming ambulatory, and leaving with Mrs. Day, at about minute 48, they see the pilots' wives watch their husbands come back, except for Ralph. They should have returned within an hour or two, not the days it took for Janowsky to recover. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: This is the story of a small detachment of American troops stationed in South Korea at the Outbreak of hostilities and their efforts to stem the surge of enemy aggression until the full force of British, American and other United Nations forces could be brought into action. See more »

Soundtracks

Tell Me, Golden Moon
(uncredited)
Music by Nobuyuki Takeoka
English Lyrics by Norman Bennett
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Why did no one mention this film during the controversy about No Gun Ri?
3 January 2008 | by georgegauthierSee all my reviews

In 1999 there was a big to-do about a supposed atrocity during the Korean War, the strafing of civilians fleeing fighting during the initial push by the North Koreans down the Korean peninsula at No Gun Ri. It turned out that the main eyewitness for the story was a liar who was not even in in-country in 1950. The fuss would have been no surprise to viewers of this movie. Here it was artillery fire rather than air attack that caused civilian casualties, but the situation was basically the same. The film depicts the sad necessity of firing on a column of refugees, driven at gunpoint by communist soldiers hidden among them in civilian clothes, who were trying to get past U.N. lines. The blame in the movie is clearly on the commies, but there is no attempt to gloss over the ugly necessities of war. This movie was the first time I ever heard the phrase "Fire for Effect", a phrase I was to utter myself frequently years later as an artillery officer in Vietnam and Cambodia.


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