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

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Action | Drama | Romance | War

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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Karl Wirtz: I guess it's still my bomb.
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Memorable Film
10 November 2006 | by bob-dennis1See all my reviews

To put this in context, I saw this in an outdoor theater at the Marine base at Camp Pendelton, California in 1959. I can't tell you how many movies I have seen in my life time, and how very few I remember. This is the movie that came to my mind when I read of Jack Palance's death. It was a guy film all the way, I mean Jeff Chandler and Jack Palance in the same flick? Too much. After nearly 50 years, I still remember so well how the film had me sitting on the edge of my seat. The suspense related to "will this bomb go off and kill the guy" was tremendous. Remember that in it's original form the film was black and white. I can still remember the details of the defusing of the bombs, and how sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't. A fine movie in it's time.


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Language:

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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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$1,100,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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