5.9/10
209
10 user 4 critic

Target Zero (1955)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 4 May 1956 (Finland)
Set during the Korean War, a unit of American soldiers, together with three British Tank Crew, find themselves trapped behind enemy lines.

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Never So Few (1959)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

During WW2, the American O.S.S. mounts covert operations against the Japanese army in the jungles of Burma.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lawford
Action | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The criminal exploits of Public Enemy number 1, George 'Machine-Gun' Kelly, during the 1930s.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Charles Bronson, Susan Cabot, Morey Amsterdam
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Jerry Barker finds a lost boy whose rich father is extorted into paying a ransom for his return but the boy accidentally dies and Jerry goes to prison.

Director: Howard W. Koch
Stars: Broderick Crawford, Ralph Meeker, Reed Hadley
Drum Beat (1954)
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In 1872, Indian fighter Johnny MacKay is appointed peace commissioner for the California and Oregon territory but he faces tough opposition from the renegade Modocs led by their brutal chief Captain Jack.

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Alan Ladd, Audrey Dalton, Marisa Pavan
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When the South loses the war, Confederate veteran O'Meara goes West, joins the Sioux, takes a wife and refuses to be an American but he must choose a side when the Sioux go to war against the U.S. Army.

Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: Rod Steiger, Sara Montiel, Brian Keith
Gang War (1958)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A Los Angeles high-school teacher's problems begin when he happens to witness a gangland killing and agrees to identify the murderers. Not realizing this will cause the underworld to retaliate "big time".

Director: Gene Fowler Jr.
Stars: Charles Bronson, Kent Taylor, Jennifer Holden
Jubal (1956)
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A new foreman rejects the sexual advances of a frustrated rancher's wife, which leads to conflicts that could get him killed.

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine, Rod Steiger
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In 1743, outlaw Leon Alastray is hunted by the Spanish army but is given sanctuary by a priest in a village terrorized by marauding Yaqui Indians.

Director: Henri Verneuil
Stars: Anthony Quinn, Anjanette Comer, Charles Bronson
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Reporter Michael Gordon uncovers intrigue in Damascus, where the Allies and Nazis struggle for control of Arab sympathies.

Director: Léonide Moguy
Stars: George Sanders, Virginia Bruce, Lenore Aubert
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When a stagecoach guard tries to warn a town of an imminent raid by a band of outlaws, the people mistake him for one of the gang

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Randolph Scott, Wayne Morris, Joan Weldon
Apache (1954)
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Refusing to let himself be re-settled on a Florida reservation, Massai, an Apache warrior, escapes his captors and returns to his homeland to become a peaceful farmer.

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Jean Peters, John McIntire
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The Office of Scientific Investigation sends A-Men agents to investigate reports of unusual magnetic activity in various communities.

Directors: Curt Siodmak, Herbert L. Strock
Stars: Richard Carlson, King Donovan, Jean Byron
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
... Lt. Tom Flagler
... Ann Galloway
... Sgt. Vince Gaspari
... Sgt. David Kensemmit (as Richard Stapley)
... Pvt. Felix O'Hara
... Pvt. Moose
John Alderson ... Cpl. Devon Enoch
... Pvt. Harry Fontenoy
... Pfc. George
Angela Loo ... Sue
Edit

Storyline

In 1952, during the Korean War, a United Nations relief worker's jeep comes under enemy fire and overturns in a ditch. Hours later, the worker, Ann Galloway, is found and rescued by a British tank patrol. The front lines being very fluid and constantly changing send people into frequent advances and retreats. The British tank patrol is attempting to find its main unit. Eventually it runs into an American infantry patrol, under the command of Lieutenant Tom Flagler and his sergeant, Vince Gaspari. The Americans have a wounded man on a stretcher. They suggest a certain path toward the American lines and the location of their Easy Company, on a fortified hill top. The British agree to follow the Americans. They also pick-up an American two-man mortar team that is lost. Together they head for the hills. One the way, they run into a North Korean ambush, a destroyed village, a minefield and other perils. They manage to ambush a Communist truck convoy and capture the convoy's fuel, food and ... Written by nufs68

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

On target ! It's a bulls-eye of action-blazing excitement !

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 May 1956 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Sperrfeuer auf Quadrat 7  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Colorful cast, weak script in routine Korean war film
3 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

If you're looking for a hard-hitting Korean War film made in the 1950s, something that illuminates the anguish, tension and hard command decisions made in the heat of battle, you'll do well to seek out Sam Fuller's THE STEEL HELMET (1951), Anthony Mann's MEN IN WAR (1957), and Lewis Milestone's PORK CHOP HILL (1959). Even Tay Garnett's ONE MINUTE TO ZERO (1952), starring Robert Mitchum, has its penetrating moments. If, on the other hand, you're looking for laughable dialogue and hoary clichés, then you're best left with Harmon Jones' TARGET ZERO (1955), about allied soldiers—and a woman—lost behind enemy lines and wandering rather aimlessly over a sunny American landscape doubling for Korea.

You can tell where the film is going right after the opening credits as a truck carrying two women, an attractive American blonde and an Asian woman in fatigues, is hit by North Korean mortar shells and goes crashing into a ravine. The blonde gets out, a little shaken and dazed but thoroughly unscathed, with hair and makeup intact, while the poor Asian woman is dead, having had about one line of dialogue and mere minutes after the actress's name (Angela Loo) appeared in the credits. The hot blonde is Annie Galloway, a "biochemist" with the United Nations health team, and she's played by Peggie Castle, a regular in westerns and Mickey Spillane adaptations of the era. She quickly hooks up with a straggling English tank crew led by a sergeant named David (Richard Stapley), all of whom are then joined by a lost American platoon seeking Easy Company. The Americans commandeer the tank to aid their search and recruit Annie to act as nurse to a wounded man (Strother Martin) whom they place on the back of the tank. After a few miles of this she complains that the bouncing of the tank in motion is hurting the wounded man, so they take him off and make one of the soldiers carry him on his back, as if that wouldn't hurt him even more! Even if that soldier happens to be Charles Bronson!

The ranking American officer, Lt. Tom Flagler (Richard Conte), soon starts putting the moves on Annie, making the uptight English sergeant very jealous indeed. Annie, in an unlikely turn of events, eventually responds to Flagler's rather crude charms. At one point, they're in a bunker and exchange this dialogue after a rather foreseeable tragic occurrence: Annie: "What's the matter with me, Tom? Why can't I cry?" Tom: "You've been at war, Annie. In here, death is like rain. Some days you have it. Some days you don't." Annie: "It's all so distorted. Nothing seems real or lasting." Tom: "We're real, Annie. You and me." That's what the script is like.

Unlike the Korean War movies cited in my first paragraph, no one here ever seems to take their situation seriously enough. There's a wisecracking southerner named Felix (L.Q. Jones) who jokes at every turn. There's an American Indian named Geronimo (Abel Fernandez) who tells Felix that the Indians joined the army so they can learn the white man's fighting skills and take America back from them. Later, Flagler approaches Geronimo as he's preparing to face down attacking "Reds" and asks him, "Whaddaya say, Injun?" Geronimo responds with "Now I know how Custer felt." It's that kind of film.

L.Q. Jones and Strother Martin both play members of the platoon and would later famously team up as the pair of scuzzy bounty hunters, T.C. and Coffer, in Sam Peckinpah's THE WILD BUNCH. Chuck Connors (TV's "The Rifleman") turns up as radioman Moose. Aaron Spelling, the future TV mastermind behind "Charlie's Angels," "Fantasy Island," and "Love Boat," shows up as "Strangler," one of those annoying, obsequious little sidekicks you often saw in war movies (and Warner Bros. cartoons). Charles Bronson is his usual earnest self. Richard Conte walks through his part with a casualness that's a pale echo of the studied unflappability he brought to his roles as infantry grunts in World War II movies such as GUADALCANAL DIARY and A WALK IN THE SUN ("Everybody dies").

The film was shot on the grounds of Fort Carson, a U.S. Army base in Colorado, and made use of the Colorado Air National Guard in the film's one impressive combat sequence, in which we see a team of four fighter jets attack the oncoming Reds as our heroes defend a hill called "Sullivan's Muscle." The jets do some stunning maneuvers and are seen in shots with the actors, including one startling bit where a jet appears from below and flies right over Conte's head. That must've required some heavy-duty persuasion.

In another comment here, the writer mentions "freezing winter conditions" and "the plight of civilians." The terrain presented here seems quite sunny and warm and if there were any scenes with civilians, they were completely absent from the print of this film that I saw.


16 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 10 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial