Tobruk (1967)

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A Canadian POW major is rescued by a special British military unit made up of Germans to help lead an attack on a major Nazi fuel depot in Tobruk, Libya.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maj. Donald Craig
Capt. Bergman
Col. Harker
Guy Stockwell ...
Lt. Mohnfeld
Jack Watson ...
Sgt. Maj. Tyne
Liam Redmond ...
Henry Portman
Heidy Hunt ...
Cheryl Portman
Leo Gordon ...
Sgt. Krug
Robert Wolders ...
Cpl. Bruckner
Anthony Ashdown ...
Lt. Boyden
Curt Lowens ...
German Colonel
Rico Cattani ...
Cpl. Stuhler (as Henry Rico Cattani)
Tuareg Chieftain


September 1942 - With Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps on the march through Egypt, a British special forces unit, composed of German Jews who serve with the British despite the mutual resentment between both, kidnap a Canadian officer who is an expert topographer and who is held prisoner by the Vichy French in Algeria. The officer, Donald Craig, must negotiate a company of British and German-Jewish commandos through 800 miles of the Sahara to aide a pending amphibious landing against Tobruk's massive fuel storage base - a mission that sees one impediment after another, and which discovers an undetected German armored force ready to win the battle of Egypt. Written by Michael Daly <>

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Release Date:

7 February 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tobrouk, commando pour l'enfer  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The part of Colonel Harker was offered to Dirk Bogarde, who passed. See more »


The German spy was talking about a "holy war" or "jihad," and not 'jeddah,' as used in the film. "Jeddah" pronounced by its people, means "prosperity and happiness." See more »


Captain Berghman: Sorry, we have no tea. Perhaps you'll settle for chocolate.
Major Craig: Very British of you, Major.
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Referenced in Madigan (1968) See more »

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The year is 1942 and Germany's famed 'Desert Fox' is winning the war in North Africa. His vaunted 'Afrika Korps' is nearly unstoppable and is only a short distance from all out victory. In this movie "Tobruk" comes the story of a last desperate attempt to stop Rommel at the port city of the same name. A small detachment of specialist troops called the SIG, join British commandos who will attempt to travel 800 miles through the vast, rugged and hostile Sahara desert and attack Rommel's secret oil reserves. In order to accomplish this nearly impossible mission, the British kidnapped a highly experienced but reluctant Canadian officer, Maj. Donald Craig (Rock Hudson) so that Nigel Green as Col. Harker and George Peppard as Capt. Kurt Bergman, can convince him it must be done. Other Hollywood greats like Guy Stockwell, Jack Watson as Sgt. Maj. Jack Tyne and Leo Gordon as Sgt. Krug are what make's this film completely memorable. Interestingly enough, the story itself was written by Leo Gordon and was so well conceived, it was used to enhance a nearly duplicate film called "Raid on Rommel" four years later. As for this movie, it is so packed with inner conflicts between characters that often, it's hard to tell who they are at war with. Nevertheless, the background world conflict is sufficient to view with admiration the soldiers who willingly gave so much for what they believed. A superior action-oriented film and one which has become a Classic in its own right. Highly recommended. ****

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