Genre Guesstimation – Twelve O’Clock High (1949) – Encore Review

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by me and we will be reviewing our favorite Oscar Nominated or Winning Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Mar by sending them to andtheOscargoesto…

Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Oscar Nominated or Winning Movies……….

“Someone’s got to give me a policy… some kind of yardstick! What does “maximum effort” mean? ” – Capt. “Doc” Kaiser

Number of Times Seen – Twice (12 May 2013 and 1 Mar 2022)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – During World war II, a bomber group gets a new commander who wants to change things around a bit too much for the taste of the men stationed there.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw for the first time almost 9 years ago and enjoyed it to an extent.

I recently had the urge to rewatch it in order to give myself a new perspective on the film.

Gregory Peck was always a great actor and he definitely stand out here in the lead role.

The character arc is great because when he comes into this new base, he thinks he knows everything but slowly begins to find a way to integrate his plan within the framework of how things are usually done around there.

The film shows a pretty realistic depiction of the various problem that soldier and flyers faced during those days and it feels so real and genuine in all that it does.

The fact that this was made just a few years after the end of the war probably also contributed to that.

This film was nominated for 4 Oscars and won two of them.

They were Best Supporting Actor for Dean Jagger and Best Sound, yet they fell short for Best Actor for Peck and Best Picture that year.

The way that they deal with PTSD (shellshock) is quite powerful and makes the viewer feel so much more for the men who must endure this day in, day out.

Unfortunately, something still feels missing here that would have helped put it over the top.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This film is used by the US Navy as an example of leadership styles in its Leadership and Management Training School. The Air Force’s College for Enlisted Professional Military Education also uses it as an education aid in its NCO academies. It is also used as a teaching tool for leadership at the Army Command and General Staff College and for leadership training in civilian seminars. It is used at the Harvard Business School as a case study in how to effect change in organizations. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes awfully close. The acting is great with Peck and Jagger, and the idea to look at psychological effects of war is groundbreaking, but something still feels missing along the way.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (upgrade from original review)


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