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Tobruk (1967)

Approved | | War, Drama | 7 February 1967 (USA)
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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(as Leo V. Gordon)
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Cast

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

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 <fanstp43@aol.com>

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7 February 1967 (USA)  »

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Tobrouk, commando pour l'enfer  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Leo Gordon was also the screenwriter and had spent most of his career playing murderous outlaws, homicidal killers and assorted brutish and psychotic villains. His role here of Sgt. Krug was one of the few times he actually played a good guy. See more »

Goofs

When Capt. Bergman attacks and kills the sentry, blood is visible on his right (knife) hand before he stabs the sentry. See more »

Quotes

Major Craig: My mother didn't raise any heroes.
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Referenced in Madigan (1968) See more »

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exciting, well-made, and tackles some big issues
18 September 2005 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

A lot of the comments above seem to be focused on whether or not the film-makers got the tanks and trucks right, yet at the same time, the writers admit they loved the movie. Me too; and I don't give a damn about the equipment, so long as it's reasonably close to the real thing.

Here's the point: a war film that tackles the big issues which the war itself was partly fought over is such a rare bird – and especially one that's combined with some good character writing and knockout action sequences – that one should embrace it. The movie gives us spectacle, yes, but it does so in a thoughtful way, a remarkable achievement when one considers that the typical war movie of the era was more like "Where Eagles Dare" than this one, ie, a farrago of nonsense designed to showcase ludicrous special effects sequences.

"Tobruk" may not be the literal truth, but it shows people committed to and fighting for beliefs and ideas, and fully prepared to sacrifice their lives if necessary to achieve that greater good. Stirring stuff, and the editing in the final tank sequence is nothing short of amazing.


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