MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 5,818 this week

One Minute to Zero (1952)

 -  War | Drama  -  August 1952 (USA)
5.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.8/10 from 342 users  
Reviews: 18 user | 8 critic

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Exclusive Trailer

View the Foxcatcher Exclusive trailer with Steve Carell and Channing Tatum


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 113 titles
created 03 Feb 2012
 
a list of 310 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 6727 titles
created 8 months ago
 
DOD
a list of 300 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: One Minute to Zero (1952)

One Minute to Zero (1952) on IMDb 5.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of One Minute to Zero.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The Christmas-season romance of a young widow and a sales clerk who (thanks to her) is unemployed.

Director: Don Hartman
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Wendell Corey
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

War correspondent Ernie Pyle joins Company C, 18th Infantry as this American army unit fights its way across North Africa in World War II. He comes to know the soldiers and finds much human... See full summary »

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Burgess Meredith, Robert Mitchum, Freddie Steele
Thunder Road (1958)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A veteran comes home from the Korean War to the mountains and takes over the family moonshining business. He has to battle big-city gangsters who are trying to take over the business and ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Ripley
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Gene Barry, Jacques Aubuchon
The Big Steal (1949)
Comedy | Crime | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An army lieutenant accused of robbery pursues the real thief on a frantic chase through Mexico aided by the thief's fiancee.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, William Bendix
Nevada (1944)
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Just as Nevada wins $7000 in yellowback bills, Ben Ide takes his #7000 in yellowbacks and heads out to buy mining equipment. Burridge has his man Powell kill Ide and retrieve the money and ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Killy
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Anne Jeffreys, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams
Certificate: M Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Marshal Flagg, an aging lawman about to be retired, hears that his old nemesis, the outlaw McKaye, is back in the area and planning a robbery. Riding out to hunt down McKaye, Flagg is ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Kennedy
Stars: Robert Mitchum, George Kennedy, Martin Balsam
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

David Harvey is a widower with a young son, Davey. They live on an isolated Ohio farm during the pioneer days. He wants his son to be raised in the manner his wife would have wanted - with ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Foster
Stars: Loretta Young, William Holden, Robert Mitchum
Certificate: Passed Action | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When a shady-looking stranger rides into town to join his old friend it is assumed he is a hired gun. But as the new man comes to realise the unlawful nature of his buddy's business and the... See full summary »

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Barbara Bel Geddes, Robert Preston
Killer McCoy (1947)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Roy Rowland
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Brian Donlevy, Ann Blyth
Angel Face (1952)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Ambulance driver Frank Jessup is ensnared in the schemes of the sensuous but dangerous Diane Tremayne.

Director: Otto Preminger
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Mona Freeman
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A scientist obsessed with the past transports himself back in time to 18th-century London, where he falls in love with a beautiful young woman.

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Tyrone Power, Ann Blyth, Michael Rennie
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Having fled to Mexico from the U.S. many years ago for killing his father's murderer, Martin Brady travels to Texas to broker an arms deal for his Mexican boss, strongman Governor Cipriano ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Parrish
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Julie London, Gary Merrill
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Col. Steve Janowski
...
Mrs. Linda Day
...
Col. John Parker
...
Sfc. Baker
Margaret Sheridan ...
Mary Parker
Richard Egan ...
Capt. Ralston
...
Dr. Gustav Engstrand
Robert Osterloh ...
Maj. Davis
Robert Gist ...
Maj. Carter
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Produced at a cost of millions...to bring you A MILLION THRILLS! See more »

Genres:

War | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

August 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Korea  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The main theme by Victor Young is occasionally whistled by Robert Mitchum in the movie and was published as "When I Fall in Love" with lyrics by Edward Heyman. The song has become a standard, with many artists recording it, though the original hit version was the Doris Day recording issued in 1952. Another version was recorded by Nat 'King' Cole in 1956 on the Capitol LP, "Love Is the Thing". The single was released in the UK in 1957 and reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. Cole also sang it in Istanbul (1957) and he is the singer now most closely associated with the song. See more »

Goofs

During an attack on enemy ground targets by American jets, witnessed by the main American characters, one jet is shot down. As it dives downwards an explosion, meant to represent the moment the plane hits the ground, takes place underneath it before it actually does so. See more »

Soundtracks

Tell Me, Golden Moon
(uncredited)
Music by Nobuyuki Takeoka
English Lyrics by Norman Bennett
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Forgettable Except for One Segment
30 January 2009 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Rather dreary Korean War drama where everybody appears to be performing "by the numbers". There's none of the intensity expected of those life-and-death situations that distinguish the era's better war films (Bridges of Toko-Ri; Pork Chop Hill; Retreat, Hell!). The action never really gels, which I suppose is the fault of director Garnett who appears disengaged from what's on screen. It doesn't help that the screenplay also appears stitched together from a host of war movie clichés, few of which stick around long enough to establish themselves—the wives, the ethnic grunts, the lonely orphan. It's like a runner in baseball thinking he has to touch all 100 bases before he can score.

Of course, the film does contain one dramatic highlight that caused considerable controversy at the time, but has since proved revealing—the intentional shelling of civilian refugees by American forces. The screenplay tries to soften the impact with North Korean infiltrators holding refugees at gunpoint, but the destruction occurs anyway. Now, that was really a pretty gutsy move on somebody's part since the war was still going on when the movie was released in 1952.

Though not publicized at the time, we now know from proved incidents such as No Gun-Ri (There was more than one eye-witness, and the only dispute is over the number killed) that such atrocities did occur on our side as well as the enemy's. And though not included in highschool history texts, there was considerable sympathy for the North from the peasantry of the South because of the landlord-dominated government of the South, many of which had collaborated with hated Japanese occupiers during WWII. As a result, considerable guerilla activity occurred in the South both before and during the war itself. Details such as these cast light on the basic accuracy of the movie's depiction. Ironically, the problem for GI's was the same here as in Vietnam—how to distinguish friendly civilians from the enemy, while too often the solution was to kill them all. But when your own life is on the line, what do you do? That's why Mitchum's Col. Janowski is so torn.

Apparently studio honcho Howard Hughes had high hopes for the production since his name appears above the title. And even though the seams from stock footage are pretty obvious, the film is well produced with locations at Fort Carson, Colorado, where the terrain was said to resemble that of Korea. But background and special effects can hardly compensate for the general listlessness of the results or the ill-conceived Ann Blyth role. Nonetheless, the movie does remain memorable for its one revealing episode.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why was it banned in Finland? setnaffa-1
Discuss One Minute to Zero (1952) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?