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One Minute to Zero (1952)

Approved  |   |  War, Drama  |  August 1952 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Col. Steve Janowski
Mrs. Linda Day
Col. John Parker
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Margaret Sheridan ...
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Richard Egan ...
Capt. Ralston
Dr. Gustav Engstrand
Robert Osterloh ...
Maj. Davis
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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 <>

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Release Date:

August 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Operation O  »

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$2,181,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Fairly Good Korean War Film
22 January 2003 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Unlike a great many films dealing with the Korean war ONE MINUTE TO ZERO does try to bring a sense of time and place to the proceedings . We see planes from Australia strafing North Korean troops while another scene scene shows British troops marching off to war behind a Scottish pipe band , and the most memorable sequence features North Korean infiltrators using refugees as human shields which did happen fairly often during that exceptionally cruel conflict. Compare this to most other films about the Korean war which could have been set in Asia or Europe during the second world war .

It does have a few flaws , for example there`s some painfully obvious real life film footage used and some of the battle scenes , especially the sequence with a soldier being killed by a flame thrower , could have been more graphic but I suppose that`s down to what you could show on screen in 1952 so perhaps that`s not a valid criticism . What is however is the inclusion of a love story which drags the story down some what . Women won`t want to watch ONE MINUTE TO ZERO because of the large number of combat scenes while fans of war films ( Who I guess are exclusively male ) will find the love story intrusive . But it`s a lot better than PEARL HARBOR

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