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A group of army personnel and nurses attempt a dangerous and arduous trek across the deserts of North Africa during the second world war. The leader of the team dreams of his ice cold beer when he reaches Alexandria, but the problems just won't go away. Written by
When they were pushing the ambulance up the hill from behind, Sylvia Syms fell in the sand (as scripted), but John Mills picked her up and threw her (too forcefully) at the back of the van and Sylvia banged her head against it. See more »
Although Basil Hoskins's character is described as Corps of Military Police lieutenant, his cap badge is that of the Middlesex Regt. The NCOs are wearing the correct MP cap badges. See more »
I recently watched the film again after many years. It bears its age well and I had forgotten the number of nail-biting sequences: brigadier's car blown up, chase by Germans, second check by Germans, Anthony Quayle in the quicksand, and best of all, "winding" the ambulance up the sand cliff to get out of the Qattra Depression, etc. etc.
The four main characters play their roles well although my personal favourite is Anthony Quayle as the South African/German. He successfully conveys a figure of strength and confidence, balanced by a sense of defeatism when his true identity is revealed.
John Mills is solid in his playing of the worn-out but still dogged British officer although he is diminutive against Anthony Quayle and Harry Andrews.
Sylvia Sims is plucky and just about believable whilst Harrt Andrews is totally dependable as the sergeant.
Altogether a cracking film !
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