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The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  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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Gen. Fritz Bayerlein
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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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'The Hollywood Reporter ' announced in February 1950 and August 1950 that the 20th Century Fox studio planned to film background shots in North Africa where this picture is predominantly set. However, these plans fell through. However, background shots filming was shot on location by director Henry Hathaway in France, England and Germany according to editions of 'The Hollywood Reporter ' in January 1951 and March 1951. See more »

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In shots of the battle of El Alamein, there is one of an anti-aircraft battery overlooking Tobruk Harbour, some distance from El Alamein. See more »

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Adolf Hitler: Where's Goering?
Staff Member: He's on his way.
Adolf Hitler: Well, when you are fat you don't move so fast.
[laughter]
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Anchors Aweigh
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Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
Heard during the scenes of D-Day and the ensuing battles
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Fine Bio, but.....
1 May 2001 | by (Santa Maria, California) – See all my reviews

This is a fine biopic of a worthy and honorable opponent serving a despicable cause. Unfortunately, there is not enough North Africa Campaign in the film to satisfy a war film buff. When I first saw it in the theater, it did whet my appetite to learn more about this horrendous and costly war. I have been interested in it since. The acting is first-rate, and, unlike Enemy at the Gate, the British and American accents don't detract from the film, the British accents at any rate. As others have noted in their reviews of this film, Rommel probably wasn't anti-semitic. He deliberately ignored Hitler's orders to round up Jews during the invasion of France. He also never forgave Hitler for abandoning the Afrika Korps to their fate in 1942, not to Hitler's less than energetic attempts to keep the DAK supplied.


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