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Tank Force (1958)

Tank Force! (original title)
During WW2 in North Africa, an American sergeant serving with the British 8th Army is captured by the Germans but he hatches various plans of escape from the POW camp.

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Thatcher
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Kendall
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Noakes
Bonar Colleano ...
The Pole
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Carola
Sean Kelly ...
Bartlett
Kenneth Fortescue ...
Johnson
Anne Aubrey ...
Italian Girl
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Camp Commandant
Alfred Burke ...
Captain Ritter
David Lodge ...
Patterson
Maxwell Shaw ...
The Sheikh
Alan Tilvern ...
Silverio
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German Sergt.
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1st. English Soldier
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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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When iron men in iron monsters fought for a continent !

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Drama | War

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August 1958 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The "Tiger" tanks shown in the movie are British Centurion tanks painted with German insignia. See more »

Goofs

German soldiers using British No4 Lee Enfield rifles (even if they were using captured British rifles they would have been Short Magazine Lee Enfields, not Number 4s.) See more »

Quotes

Sgt. David H. Thatcher: He's not worth saving, not even for THAT!
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"To the War Office. The Royal Armoured Corps and The Queen's Bays (2nd Dragoon Guards) who made possible the tank sequence. We extend our grateful thanks." See more »

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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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