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The Fighting Rats of Tobruk (1944)
"The Rats of Tobruk" (original title)

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Tells the story of three men--Bluey, a tough two fisted drover (Taylor), Milo, a laconic dingo trapper (Rafferty), and Pete, an intellectual English "new chum" (Finch). Together they serve ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Grant Taylor ...
Bluey Donkin
Peter Linton
Chips Rafferty ...
Milo Trent
Pauline Garrick ...
Kate Carmody
Mary Gay ...
Sister Mary Ellis
George Wallace ...
Barber of Tobruk
Joe Valli ...
Northumberland Fusilier
Tony Villa ...
Japanese soldier
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Anderson
Norman Blackler
Robert Carlyle
Gilbert Ellis
Edward Esau
George Gentry
Walter Pym


Tells the story of three men--Bluey, a tough two fisted drover (Taylor), Milo, a laconic dingo trapper (Rafferty), and Pete, an intellectual English "new chum" (Finch). Together they serve in North Africa, fighting against the forces of Rommel in what has now become one of Australia's greatest wartime legends--The Rats of Tobruk. Written by Patrick Dominick <>

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7 December 1944 (Australia)  »

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The Fighting Rats of Tobruk  »

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The name "The Rats of Tobruk" of the film's title refers to the World War II soldiers, mostly Australian, who held-out against Rommel's Nazi Afrika Corps at the North African Libyan port of Tobruk during 1941. This was during the so-called Siege of Tobruk which began on 10th of April 1941 and concluded in November of that year. The Rats of Tobruk held out for a massive two hundred and fifty days before being they were relieved by more Allied British forces. See more »


When questioned by an officer, the men say that they are from the 2/2nd battalion. This battalion was part of the 16th Brigade of the 6th Division. The battalion was not part of the 9th Division which served in Tobruk during the siege. See more »


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Written by George M. Cohan
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a great movie
2 July 2001 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I love this movie mainly because it tells the story of brave soldiers fighting for their country. Chips Rafferty, Grant Taylor and Peter Finch play three Australian cattle drovers. When the war starts they all join up. It shows that soldiers are really ordinary people until a war starts and once they join up they become heroes. I always laugh at George Wallace as he plays the comic relief. Its definitely worth seeing i managed to track down what I am convinced is the only copy left in existence. If you ever see a copy buy it.

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