This gritty World War II action drama staring Gregory Peck, Oscar winner Dean Jagger, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill and Millard Mitchell is seen as one of the most realistic portrayals of the heroics and perils of war. Convinced an air force commander (Gary Merrill) is at the breaking point, Brigadier General Savage (Peck) takes over his struggling bomber group. Kind and understanding, he adopts a crushing discipline to revitalize the demoralized troop. At first resentful and rebellious, the flyers gradually change as Savage guides them to amazing feats. But the stress of command soon takes it's toll and the weary general reaches his own breaking point.
**Commentary with Historians Rudy Behlmer, Jon Burlingame, and Nick Redman
**Memories of Twelve O'Clock High
**WWII and the American Home Front
**Inspiring a Character: General Frank A. Armstrong
**The Pilots of the Eighth Air Force
Cast & Crew
As a drama, High deals soundly and interestingly with its situations.
Wisely, the writers and director, Mr. King, have husbanded the potential of an illustrated mission for one big concentrated punch, and they have got into this major sequence great excitement and reality.