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Tank Force (1958)

No Time to Die (original title)
Daniel Thatcher is an American sergeant serving with a British tank corps in North Africa. He and most of his unit are captured by the Germans, who learn his identity as a man who once ... See full summary »

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Sgt. David H. Thatcher
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Sgt. Kendall
Bonar Colleano ...
The Polish POW [Walewski?]
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Pvt. 'Tiger' Noakes
Alfred Burke ...
Capt. Ritter
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German colonel
Martin Boddey ...
SS colonel
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1st English soldier
Kenneth Cope ...
2nd English soldier
David Lodge ...
Maj. Fred Patterson, Australian POW
Sean Kelly ...
Bartlett
Kenneth Fortescue ...
Cpl. Johnson
Maxwell Shaw ...
The Sheikh
George Coulouris ...
Italian POW camp commandant
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Carola (manager of The Lido)
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Storyline

Daniel Thatcher is an American sergeant serving with a British tank corps in North Africa. He and most of his unit are captured by the Germans, who learn his identity as a man who once tried to assassinate Josef Goebbels, Hitler's right-hand man. Thatcher's wife was killed in the concentration camps, and now, after his failed attempt to kill the Nazi leader, Thatcher is a real prize for his captors. But Thatcher prefers not to go back to Germany as a prize, so he leads his fellow tankers in an escape attempt. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Trivia

The "tiger" tanks shown in the movie are British Centurion tanks painted with German insignia. The North Africa campaign was too early in the war for Tigers to be available. See more »

Goofs

The German Captain Ritter takes SGT David Thatcher to a POW camp ran by the Italians. At the camp are several trucks purporting to belong to the Italian army. They are British Bedford 3 ton 4 x 4 GS QLs with right hand drive and were only used by British forces in the desert of North Africa during WWII. There is also a British Austin K2 Ambulance present at the POW camp. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. David H. Thatcher: He's not worth saving, not even for THAT!
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Referenced in Cubby Broccoli: The Man Behind Bond (2000) See more »

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Keep Fumbling the capture
8 November 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Tank Force is a curious combination of The Great Escape and Desperate Journey. Only four British prisoners one of them an American and another one a Pole, manage to escape in what should have been a more successful operation from combined German and Italian custody on the African front.

Leo Genn is one of the escapees and he's a strict by the book disciplinarian. Bonar Colleano plays the Pole who has enlisted in the British Army after his country surrendered. He's fighting his own private war with the Axis and does not take to discipline easily.

But in that regard he's nothing to Victor Mature. He's an American who was married to a Jewish wife and who tried to assassinate Joe Goebbels and escaped Nazi custody. When the Axis finds out Mature's in their custody, he has to escape and quick because he won't be treated like any other prisoner of war.

Desperate Journey was one of my least favorite Errol Flynn movies. It shows the Nazis as the stupidest kind of people imaginable. When the fantastic four of Mature, Genn, Newley, and Colleano escape in the African desert, both the Nazis and the Italians keep fumbling the capture. It was getting ridiculous after a while.

The quality of Mature's work went down considerably after he left 20th Century Fox for the most part and Tank Force is a prime example.


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