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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
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Nice film about British commandos against Rommel's Africa-Korps
This WWII actioner talks upon a motley group constituted by British soldiers (Rock Hudson,Nigel Green,Percy Herbert,Jack Watson,Leo Gordon -who also wrote the script-, among them )and rebel Jews craving the dreamed country(George Peppard) against the Nazi and Italian armies in the North African desert -Libya- during WWII with the aim to knock out the guns of Tobruk. They ought to sneak to clear the path for a bombing strike in oil supply depots before Erwin Rommel(The Fox of the desert) arrives at Egypt (he'll be stopped in the Alamein by Montgomery who defeated the German army in the 1942-43 years). They must pass through Alix line disguised as German soldiers escorting allied privates.
Since the beginning until the end the exciting warlike action is continued and the runtime film is adjusted .In the movie there are tension,suspense,emotion and for that reason is amusing, besides the fast movement,the various happenings and the spectacular scenes makes it bemusing and not boring. The picture has a certain remembrance with ¨Dirty dozen , Kelly's heroes¨,and ¨When the eagles dare¨ and the group of films that were made about wartime adventures during the 60s and early 1970s . The final confrontation between the protagonists and the enemies on the Nazi desert fortress is stimulating , it's the highlight of the movie. Russell Harlan cinematography is good, like is reflected in the splendid desert's photography. The motion picture is accurately directed by Arthur Hiller. The yarn will appeal to WW2 enthusiasts and Rock Hudson fans.
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