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Tobruk (1967)

Approved  |   |  War, Drama  |  7 February 1967 (USA)
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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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Major Craig: It's suicide.
Colonel Harker: It's orders.
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gritty sand and unbearable heat war epic
7 August 2005 | by (British Columbia) – See all my reviews

You know, I miss Rock Hudson. I miss the fake guy I guess, the guy who had to hide his sexual orientation because of the way the world is about 'manliness.' Anyway, Tobruk is a gritty little war thriller escapade that causes the viewer to sweat and recall a far away war in the desert, a war that had justification. Political diatribe aside, Tobruk reminds us about treachery, duplicity and the ever toxic fifth column that insinuated itself into WW11. Hudson is magnificent, Peppard is intense and aware and Nigel Green, a particular favorite, has that snooty, over-bearing right at all costs attitude down to a Tee. The Portman father and daughter fifth column team seem especially right.

The screenplay was written by the much under-rated Leo Gordon. And okay, I acknowledge that he must have watched Guns Of Navarone a few times. Still, its a fun war film (if thats possible.) His ferocious, simmering presence has a small but useful role in the film

The world I belong to has vagueness as an ethical base. Tobruk and films like it remind me of a more pure, righteous and simpler time. Sorry, I know thats a bit sentimental but age does that.

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