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The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)

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

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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 vast African desert is aflame with the startling story the world has only guessed at ... never known until now ! See more »

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This movie utilized real black-and-white archival combat footage from the British documentary Desert Victory (1943). See more »

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Some have said the quote by Von Runstedt, "Victory had a hundred fathers, defeat is an orphan" is an anachronism. It is sometimes attributed including Count Galeazzo Ciano (Italian fascist politician, 1903 - 1944). It seems to have been a quote from his diary of 1942. Von Runstedt is unlikely to have quoted it as Ciano's diary was not published until 1946. However, this is a very ancient military saying that goes back to Roman times. It is sometimes attributed to Hannibal though there is no proof of him being the originator. A soldier as educated and able as Von Runstedt might well have been familiar with it. See more »

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Field Marshal Keitel: Have you any better suggestions?
Field Marshal Gerd von Runstedt: Yes, one very much better. Make peace, you idiot!
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) 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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A Good Docu-Drama
1 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

As one very interested in the history of World War 2, I don't know how I missed seeing this before. I'm certainly not an authority on Rommel, but as far as I could tell (with a few exceptions, such as the DC3/C-47 made up to look like a German transport and the portrayal of von Runstedt as being more competent than is generally credited) it seemed to be historically accurate. This seemed to be one of the better docu-dramas, a type with a not-very-illustrious tradition. What I found particularly interesting was how a movie made 50 years ago could reflect what are considered to be "new" views today. I'm referring particularly to the statement that Hitler was seeking his own destruction (presented as new in the recent Ian Kearshaw biography "Nemesis") and the lack of total control by the Nazis over what Germans thought, said and where they went (also presented as a "new" view). This reflects well on Desmond Young's research and the film makers adherence to it.


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