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Ten Seconds to Hell (1959)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 30 May 1959 (Italy)
After 1945, six German ex-soldiers are hired to defuse unexploded Allied bombs in the ruins of Berlin.

Director:

Robert Aldrich

Writers:

Robert Aldrich (screenplay), Teddi Sherman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Palance ... Eric Koertner
Jeff Chandler ... Karl Wirtz
Martine Carol ... Margot Hofer
Robert Cornthwaite ... Franz Loeffler
Dave Willock ... Peter Tillig
Wesley Addy ... Wolfgang Sulke (as Wes Addy)
Jim Goodwin Jim Goodwin ... Hans Globke (as Jimmy Goodwin)
Virginia Baker Virginia Baker ... Frau Bauer
Richard Wattis ... Maj. Haven
Nancy Lee 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 {J-26}

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WATCH! A BLOCKBUSTER TRIGGERED TO EXPLODE...ABOUT TO BLAST TWO MEN TO HELL...AND BEYOND! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Action | Drama | Romance | War

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Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 1959 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Extra Edge See more »

Filming Locations:

UFA Studios, Berlin, Germany See more »

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Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)
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Hammer Films, Seven Arts See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm-Eurocord)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Supposedly, if the bomb explodes, you don't feel pain because the speed of the explosion is faster than the electrical system of the body. See more »

Quotes

Karl Wirtz: I guess it's still my bomb.
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Referenced in Ken Adam: Designing Bond (2000) See more »

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It's a dirty job but someone has to do it
7 November 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Ten Seconds To Hell is a story about six former German soldiers who have the dirty job of defusing all the unexploded bombs that the RAF Bomber Command under Arthur 'Bomber' Harris left in Berlin post World War II. During the late hostilities these men incurred the wrath of the Nazis, but apparently not enough to warrant a concentration camp. Or maybe someone got the bright idea that a person truly expendable in the eyes of the Third Reich was just the kind you want for this work.

The six who are led by Jack Palance and Jeff Chandler are working for the British Army and get a salary and extra food rations coupons, something most useful in a devastated Berlin. But this is a fatalistic group and Chandler proposes a kind of tontine with their salaries as the work has a high fatality rate, last man standing collects the pot. Of course the last two standing are Palance and Chandler as per the screen billing.

These two got a rivalry going over Martine Carol who gets those tired war weary hormones into overdrive. Not clear whether she's part of the tontine, but she'll take what comes.

Ten Seconds To Hell could have been a much better film and certainly the bomb defusing scenes have tension built in. But the execution seems to fall flat though the cast gives it their best shot.


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