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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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Complete credited cast:
... Eric Koertner
... Karl Wirtz
... Margot Hofer
... Franz Loeffler
... Peter Tillig
... Wolfgang Sulke (as Wes Addy)
Jim Goodwin ... Hans Globke (as Jimmy Goodwin)
Virginia Baker ... Frau Bauer
... Maj. Haven
Nancy Lee ... Ruth Sulke
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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 WOMAN WANT AND HUNGER FOR ONE OF THEM TO COME BACK! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Action | Drama | Romance | War

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$1,100,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Jack Palance and director Robert Aldrich had worked together with distinction on two previous occasions - "Attack!" and "The Big Knife" - but fell out most acrimoniously during the making of this film. Aldrich later remarked wryly that it was probably unwise for any director to work more than twice with an actor as volatile as Palance, but nonetheless sought him out yet again a few years later when Palance was offered the role of Archer Maggot in "The Dirty Dozen". It seemed there might be a reconciliation at last, but Palance dropped out at the last minute (because of illness, some sources have claimed) and the part was taken over by Telly Savalas. See more »

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Karl Wirtz: I guess it's still my bomb.
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This might have been a good film, but it fails.
29 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

This might have been a good film, but it failed on more than one count. I have to compare it to the TV Series "Danger UXB", which, while it had much longer to develop its' story, was infinitely superior. The technical information in the TV series was much more interesting, and I kept wondering why the methods used in this film were so obviously poor, especially at the end of the war when all the methods, equipment and information should have been superior. In the finish, I came to the conclusion that this film, based on Lawrence P. Bachmann's novel "The Phoenix", used the bomb defusing merely as background, and that methods of bomb disposal were poorly understood by the writer, who probably didn't care anyway. In contrast, it is clear that someone who knew what he was talking about wrote the TV series. Although not credited in the listing here, I recall someone mentioned in the credits for the series (an Army officer) as a technical advisor, and it shows.

We are left, therefore, with viewing this film as an essay on personal conflicts and relationships, and it fails badly on that count as well. The motivations of the characters are confusing and hard to believe and ultimately uninteresting. The cast are wasted in this, which is only worth watching if you are sick in bed and have nothing better to do.


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