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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 ... 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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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance | War

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Approved | See all certifications »
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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm-Eurocord)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Gerhard Rabiger, a German bomb expert, was hired to instruct Jeff Chandler and Jack Palance in defusing techniques. Rabiger had defused as many as 20 bombs a day in Berlin just after the end of WWII. Even while this film was being made, bombs were still being discovered in Berlin at a rate of about two a week. See more »

Quotes

Karl Wirtz: I guess it's still my bomb.
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Referenced in Breathless (1960) See more »

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Good post world war two drama.
17 November 2001 | by youroldpaljimSee all my reviews

I found this film on the shelf at the local video store in a nondescript white box which listed only the title, the two leads, and only mentioned that it was a Hammer film. I had no idea what it was about. But I was curious about a Hammer film that starred Jack Palance and Jeff Chandler, so I decided to rent it. I did not regret it. I at first thought it would be a British crime thriller. Little did I expect it to be a post WW2 drama about a group of former German soldiers in charge of a bomb disposal unit. I won't go any further into the plot since the previous reviewer says most of whats important to know. The first half of this film is a bit slow, but then picks up speed and becomes really interesting. It was also interesting to see a reversal in roles for the two leads; Jack Palance who usually played villains, plays the hero here, while Jeff Chandler, who usually played heroes,plays the heavy in this one.

The one thing that intrigues me about this film, is how an American director, a mostly American cast, ended up making a film produced by a British film company with a British crew, shot on locations in Berlin, with interiors shot at Berlins UFA studios.


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