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Desert Patrol (1958)

Sea of Sand (original title)
Sent to destroy a Nazi petrol dump in the North African desert, a British commando team unexpectedly discovers a large Nazi tank unit and must inform the HQ in time.



(screenplay), (original story)
Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »
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Complete credited cast:
Capt. Williams
Capt. Cotton
Vincent Ball ...
Sgt. Nesbitt
Cpl. Matheson
Cpl. Simms
Andrew Faulds ...
Sgt. Parker
Sgt. Hardy
Harold Goodwin ...
Road Watch
Tony Thawnton ...
Capt. Tom
German Sergeant
George Mikell ...
German Officer


A small British army team is sent to destroy a German petrol dump as part of the preparation for a major attack in the North African campaign. Whilst they are there they spot a large number of tanks and realise that army intelligence must be informed or some Tommies are going to be in for a nasty surprise. The Germans are equally determined that they should not reach their base, and a tense chase across the desert is the result. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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tank | german | british | dump | petrol | See All (164) »


They fought the kind of war that wasn't in the book...aware that one false move meant instant disaster - and death! See more »


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Release Date:

December 1961 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film's opening prologue and dedication states: "In October 1942, whilst the Eighth Army prepared for its onslaught upon the enemy at El Alamein, the Long Range Desert Group operating hundreds of miles behind the enemy lines, was harassing Rommel's communications and supply depots. This group of picked volunteers was cut off from the main army by the vast sand seas of the desert. Their methods were unorthodox, but the results they achieved were out of all proportion to the small number of men involved. It is to these officers and men of the L.R.D.G. that this story is dedicated." See more »


What a Day We Will Have
Music by Joe Henderson
Lyrics by Jack Fishman
Performed by Vera Lynn
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Great ensemble piece
19 October 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Recently saw this on TV. I tuned in on a whim and was delighted I did. It features a really good line up of mid 50's talent and some lustrous black and white photography. It seemed to me a forerunner of the later "mission" movies which became the norm for WW2 films in the following decade.

There were a couple of hard hitting -for the time- action sequences, which were crisply filmed and edited. There was a smattering of officers v men tension, mostly supplied by Attenborough in his cheeky chappy guise. And a fantastic sequence of a lone British soldier waiting by his machine gun for German half-tracks to appear over the crest of the dunes.

My only slight problem with the film is the heroic display by one of the officers towards the end. It felt like a throwback to earlier, more genteel values, not in keeping with the tone of the rest of the piece. Apart from that, well worth a look. Would make an good double bill with De Toth's later Play Dirty.

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