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Nunnally Johnson (screenplay)
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17 October 1951 (USA) See more »
The story of the final years of the respected World War II German general, Erwin Rommel. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Mason ... Field Marshal Erwin Johannes Rommel

Cedric Hardwicke ... Dr. Karl Strolin

Jessica Tandy ... Frau Lucie Marie Rommel

Luther Adler ... Adolf Hitler

Everett Sloane ... Gen. Wilhelm Burgdorf

Leo G. Carroll ... Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt

George Macready ... Gen. Fritz Bayerlein

Richard Boone ... Capt. Hermann Aldinger

Eduard Franz ... Col. Klaus von Stauffenberg
Desmond Young ... Himself, Lt. Col. Desmond Young
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Ahlm ... German Soldier & Chauffeur (uncredited)
John Alderson ... German Sergeant / Hospital Staffer (uncredited)
Jack Baston ... Gen. Alfred Jodl (uncredited)
Robert Bohannon ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Boyd Cabeen ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Roland Carpenter ... German Officer (uncredited)
Mary Carroll ... Rommel's Maid (uncredited)
Steve Carruthers ... Signal Man (uncredited)

Paul Cavanagh ... Lt. Col. Caesar von Hofaker (uncredited)
Pat Coleman ... S.S. Man (uncredited)
Robert Coote ... British Medical Officer (uncredited)
Eric Corrie ... Commando (uncredited)
Ashley Cowan ... New Zealand Soldier (uncredited)
Lawrence Cregar ... German Guard (uncredited)
Fred Dale ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Roy Damron ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Charles Davis ... Signal Man (uncredited)
Don De Leo ... Maj. Gen. Ernst Maisel (uncredited)
Jack Deery ... British Medic (uncredited)

Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Richard Elmore ... Rommel's Driver in Africa (uncredited)
John Epper ... British Medical Officer (uncredited)
Charles Evans ... Gen. Schultz (uncredited)
Ray Flynn ... German Major (uncredited)

Scott Forbes ... Commando Colonel (uncredited)
Peter Forster ... Commando (uncredited)
John Goldsworthy ... Gen. Heinrich von Stulpnagel (uncredited)
Lumsden Hare ... Doctor (uncredited)
Hal Hatfield ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Gordon Heaver ... Commando (uncredited)
George Hoagland ... Minor Role (uncredited)

William Hoehne Jr. ... SS Corporal Hugo (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... German Staff Officer at Conference (uncredited)

John Hoyt ... Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel (uncredited)
Robin Hughes ... Medic (uncredited)
Harold J. Kennedy ... S.S. Man (uncredited)
Gary Kettler ... German Staff Officer (uncredited)
Guy Kingsford ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Walter Kingsford ... Vice-Adm. Friedrich Ruge (uncredited)
Bela Kovacs ... S.S. Man (uncredited)
Paul Kruger ... German Colonel & Driver (uncredited)
Perk Lazelle ... German Officer (uncredited)
Charles Legneur ... German Colonel (uncredited)
Freeman Lusk ... German Surgeon (uncredited)

George Lynn ... German Lieutenant (uncredited)
Sandee Marriott ... German Lieutenant Colonel (uncredited)
Lester Matthews ... British Officer (uncredited)
Sean McClory ... Jock (uncredited)
Keith McConnell ... British Agent (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... Surgeon (uncredited)
Lyle Moraine ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Clive Morgan ... British Sub Lt. Commander (uncredited)
Jack Moyles ... Winston Churchill (voice) (uncredited)

George Nader ... Commando (uncredited)
Dan Nelson ... German Sergeant (uncredited)
Louis Nicoletti ... Italian General (uncredited)
Fred Nurney ... German Colonel (uncredited)

Dan O'Herlihy ... Commando Captain (uncredited)
Ray Page ... German Officer (uncredited)
George S. Patton ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Pedrini ... S.S. Man (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... German Soldier (uncredited)
John Peters ... German Officer & Tank Commander (uncredited)
John Pickard ... German Ski Trooper / Staff Aide (uncredited)
Albert Pollet ... German Colonel (uncredited)
Hugh Prosser ... Surgeon (uncredited)

Michael Rennie ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
William Reynolds ... Manfred Rommel (uncredited)
Albin Robeling ... Surgeon (uncredited)
Peter Seal ... Major General (uncredited)
Sam Sebby ... German Lieutenant (uncredited)
John Sheffield ... German Lieutenant (uncredited)
Robert Simis ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Murray Steckler ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Todd Stenderup ... German Staff Officer (uncredited)
Robert E. Strickland ... German Officer (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... German Staff Officer (uncredited)
Hal Townsend ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ivan Triesault ... German Major (uncredited)

Peter van Eyck ... German Officer (uncredited)
Philip Van Zandt ... German S.S. Man at Hospital (uncredited)
Harry J. Vejar ... German Major (uncredited)
John Vosper ... Maj. Walker (uncredited)
Trevor Ward ... Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery (uncredited)
Crane Whitley ... S.S. Man (uncredited)
Patrick Whyte ... British Agent (uncredited)
Mervin Williams ... Reporter (uncredited)
Al Winters ... Reporter (uncredited)
Victor Wood ... British Medic (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Sergeant Major (uncredited)
William Yetter Jr. ... Photographer (uncredited)

Carleton Young ... German Staff Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Hathaway 
Writing credits
Nunnally Johnson (screenplay)

Desmond Young (biography) (as Brigadier Desmond Young M.C.)

Produced by
Nunnally Johnson .... producer
Original Music by
Daniele Amfitheatrof 
Cinematography by
Norbert Brodine (director of photography)
Film Editing by
James B. Clark 
Art Direction by
Maurice Ransford 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (set decorations)
Stuart A. Reiss (set decorations) (as Stuart Reiss)
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson (costumes designed by)
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Production Management
R.L. Hough .... production manager (uncredited)
Abe Steinberg .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gerd Oswald .... assistant director (uncredited)
Robert D. Webb .... second unit director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Eugene Grossman .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
Philip Ahlm .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Elmore .... stunts (uncredited)
John Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Terhune .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director (as Charles LeMaire)
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestration (as Maurice dePackh)
Other crew
Edward Arnold .... auditor (uncredited)
Erwin H. Buechel .... technical advisor: German usages (uncredited)
W.F. Fitzgerald .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Paul Mantz .... coordinator: aerial footage (uncredited)
Lucie Marie Rommel .... consultant (uncredited)
Ralph O. Runyon .... technical advisor: tank maneuvers (uncredited)
Cy Shelly .... location crew (uncredited)
Daniel Sheridan .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Benton Smythe .... technical advisor: paratrooper sequence (uncredited)
Oscar Straus .... technical advisor: Gestapo (uncredited)
Ray Thompson .... location crew (uncredited)
Otto von Strahl .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Howard J. Weinberger .... technical advisor: field hospital sequence (uncredited)
Desmond Young .... technical advisor: British operations (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"The Desert Fox" - International (English title) (informal short title), USA (short title)
"The Story of Rommel" - International (English title) (informal short title)
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88 min
Black and White (archive footage) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S | New Zealand:G | Sweden:15 | UK:U | UK:PG (video rating: The Desert Fox) (1988) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #15272) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:12
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Did You Know?

Apparently, Erwin Rommel's widow, Lucie Marie Rommel acted as a technical consultant and adviser to this movie. She was played by Jessica Tandy in the film itself. Mrs. Rommel lent the production some of her husband's personal artifacts and liaised with Nunnally Johnson, the film's producer and screenwriter. As Frau Lucie Maria Rommel, Mrs Rommel later also acted as a military consultant to the film The Longest Day (1962) made by 20th Century-Fox, the same studio that produced this movie.See more »
Factual errors: During the naval bombardment prior to the D-Day landings, one of the ships shown shooting is HMS Repulse, which was sunk in December of 1941, two and a half years before D-Day.See more »
Field Marshal Gerd von Runstedt:His astrologers have informed him that this is only a feint, that the real invasion is yet to come, north of Calais. The Fifteenth Army is sitting on those cold beaches up there, waiting for an invasion that is already taking place, is an excellent example of war by horoscope.See more »
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Fine Bio, but....., 1 May 2001
Author: ( from Santa Maria, California

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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