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The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)

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The life and career of the respected World War II German general.

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Gen. Fritz Bayerlein
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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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rommel | suicide | hitler | general | prologue | See more »


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17 October 1951 (USA)  »

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The Desert Fox  »

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Trivia

Desmond Young questioned everyone " . . . from field marshals to Desert Rats". This is a reference to the nickname adopted by the British 7th Armoured Division of the "Desert Rats", derived from the jerboa image used as a unit badge. The term has been also applied to members of the British Eighth Army, though there is contention over their right to adopt this nickname. See more »

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Before the July 20 assassination attempt, Hitler is in the meeting room and asks where Goering is and he's told that Goering is on his way. However, Goering was not in attendance at the conference that day. See more »

Quotes

[a British officer steps from the back of his tralier to address the officers before him]
British officer: Gentlemen, the following order from General Auchinleck, is to all commanders and chiefs-of-staff of the Middle East Forces.
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British officer: "There exists a real danger that our friend Rommel is becoming a kind of magician or bogeyman to our troops, who are talking far too much about him. He is by no means a superman, although he is undoubtedly very energetic and able. Even if he were a superman, it would still be ...
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Followed by The Desert Rats (1953) See more »

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The Army Air Corps Song
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Music by Robert Crawford
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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