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Ten Seconds to Hell (1959)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 14 June 1959 (UK)
After 1945, six German ex-soldiers are hired to defuse unexploded Allied bombs in the ruins of Berlin.

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At the end of the Second World War six German ex-soldiers return to Berlin and set up as a bomb disposal group. The pressure of the dangerous work starts to affect them, the more so as they have agreed to pool half their pay so that if only one survives he takes it all. Casualties and friction are inevitable, and having to handle British 1000lb bombs seems particularly bad news. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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WATCH! THIS MAN SWEAT OUT THE MOST SUSPENSE-TORN SECONDS IN SCREEN HISTORT! (original poster - all caps) See more »

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Director Robert Aldrich had his name taken off the credits as Producer because the studio cut a half-hour out of the picture without telling him, and he believed that unless they put that footage back in, the film made no sense. The studio refused, so Aldrich had his name taken off as producer. See more »

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Karl Wirtz: I guess it's still my bomb.
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Referenced in Breathless (1960) See more »

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Ferociously suspense movie about a bomb disposal unit currently stationed in Berlin
27 October 2015 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

Good picture and efficiently made by Robert Aldrich in which a bunch of two-fisted characters confront deadly on a survival game during post-WWII . An intense portrayal of elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world : disarming bombs in the heat of Berlin . It depicts a microcosm of a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst a violent aftermath . At the end of the Second World War six German ex-soldiers return to Berlin and set up as a bomb disposal group to carry out their dangerous assignments and a subsequent bet . They are led by Karl Wirtz (Jeff Chandler in a strange villain character) , a selfish renegade for who the thrill of the dismantlement seems to be the ultimate goal regardless of the safety of his fellow team members ; Karl's true role reveals itself in a way that will change each man forever . And Eric Koertner (Jack Palance) who knows his place and duty and trusts others in the army to carry out theirs as well as he . They are constantly worried that an error or misjudgment on his part will lead to the death of an innocent civilian or a military colleague . As the tough and valiant men struggle to control their destinations . They feel strongly enough about something not to be concerned with the prevailing odds, but to struggle against those odds . They , then , agree a wager : If a man dies in the course of the job , his share is to be divided among the others and if only one survives he takes it all . As two tons of buried bomb and now two men must pit their lives against its treacherous fuse , two artificiers who had only one thing in common , the same woman (Martine Carol) .

This is an exciting blockbuster about to explode dealing with German demolition workers after WWWII , in which there are thrills , intrigue , suspense , sometimes stirring scenes and a loving triangle between Chandler/Martine Carol/Palance . A full-tilt intriguing picture in which director Aldrich turns the discipline of action filmmaking into a kind of visceral visual poetry . Thus , this motion picture serves as not only a look into an important aspect of German history , showing an interesting studio of engaging characters , too . While the members face their own internal issues , they have to make safe the place and to be aware of any person at the bomb sites . This is a flick where role development plays second fiddle to inbuilt intrigue as well as emotion ; concerning a similar plot to subsequently Oscarized ¨The hurt lock¨ (2008) by Kathryn Bigelow , in which some armorers to defuse bombs , make safe location and people ; however some of who may be bombers themselves . It was realized by the British Hammer-Seven Arts Company presided by Michael Carreras , made by American Aldrich and being filmed on location in a destroyed Berlin and with Brits , French , German and American players in the cast . It stars by Jeff Chandler and Jack Palance as bomb disposal experts , both of whom give excellent performances . As Jeff Chandler slowly reveals the strength , confidence , unpredictability and finally badness of his role . Jack Palance enjoys himself throughly in a rare character .

This motion picture of mixed origins was well directed , here Robert Aldrich gave a tense and brilliant direction . However , director Aldrich had his name taken off the credits as Producer because the studio cut a half-hour out of the picture without telling him , and he believed that unless they put that footage back in , the film made no sense . Aldrich began writing and directing for TV series in the early 1950s , and made his first feature in 1953 (Big Leaguer , 1953) . Soon thereafter he established his own production company and produced most of his own films , collaborating in the writing of many of them . Directed in a considerable plethora of genres but almost all of his films contained a subversive undertone . Robert shot various different actors in Oscar-nominated performances : Victor Buono , Bette Davis , Agnes Moorehead , Ian Bannen , Jack Palance and John Cassavetes . Two of Aldrich's movies : Veracruz (1954) and Deadly kiss (1955) are now considered to be among the most influential films of the 1950s . He was an expert on warlike genre (Dirty Dozen , The Angry Hills , Attack , Ten seconds to hell) and Western (The Frisko kid , Ulzana's raid , Apache , Veracruz , The last sunset) . Rating : Above average , it's a must see and a standout in its genre .


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