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The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, War | 17 October 1951 (USA)
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The story of the final years of the respected World War II German general, Erwin Rommel.

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Desmond Young ...
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This biopic follows Rommel's career after the Afrika Korps, including his work on the defenses of Fortress Europe as well as his part in the assassination attempt on Hitler, and his subsequent suicide. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Trivia

Erwin Rommel was gaining his attack information from an American liaison at the British Embassy in Cairo whose messages the German secret service had decoded. He used the data from the liaison's messages to plan his attacks on the Allied troops, and in fact Adolf Hitler openly praised the fellow for giving the Germans information through his badly coded messages. See more »

Goofs

When depicting the D-Day invasion at Normandy, landing craft are shown approaching the beach at Iwo Jima. Mt.Surabachi is clearly seen, but the shot has been reversed (numbers on the bows of the landing craft are back to front) to make the location less evident. See more »

Quotes

Field Marshal Gerd von Runstedt: [It's] too late for me. I'm seventy now - too old to fight, too old to challenge authority, however evil... but not too old, however, to wish you and your friends the best of luck in their extremely interesting enterprise.
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Connections

Referenced in London Entertains (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

The Caisson Song
(uncredited)
Music by Edmund L. Gruber
Heard during the scenes of D-Day and the ensuing battles
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Compelling
13 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It wasn't simply the way Mason captured the screen with a class that few if any actors could handle today. Sometimes, it only takes one scene to make a movie great. The scene between Rommel and Hitler (Mason and Adler) is that scene. You forget that these are actors and immerse yourself in the moment as Rommel becomes the one man who dares confront Hitler about his battle plans. He refuses to back down to the most evil man of our time and it makes this movie one of the best WWII movies ever made.

The makers of Pearl Harbor should take note: When you have the people like Rommel and Hitler (Or Roosevelt and Yamamoto) as your characters, you don't need to invent a silly story line. History is the best story teller of all. This movie is about history.


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