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
The song that van der Poel sings is called "Sarie Marais" and is used as a regimental quick march by the UK's Corps of Royal Marines. It first came to the attention of British troops during the Boer War. See more »
When the ambulance encounters the second group of Germans, none of the Germans have magazines in their sub-machine guns. See more »
I am not a great fan of war genre, but this film is brilliant for several reasons. First of all the film is well acted by a cast who know what good acting is. This can be particularly said of the late Sir John Mills; a dedicated actor who really knew how to play all his characters well.
The film is also great for its suspense, which kept me gripped all the way to Alexandria.
However, what makes the film stand out, is how the adversity of a hostile environment, such as the dessert brings out the positive qualities of human nature, which serve to unite man -and woman -kind. This puts the idea of war into perspective as insignificant when faced with nature's raw and hostile conditions. It illustrates that as humans we need to unite and work together to combat adversity, while respecting the power of nature.
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