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Raid on Rommel (1971)

GP  -  Drama | War  -  12 February 1971 (USA)
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Captain Foster plans on raiding German-occupied Tobruk with hand- picked commandos, but a mixup leaves him with a medical unit led by a Quaker conscientious objector. Despite all odds they ... See full summary »

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Foster
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MacKenzie
Clinton Greyn ...
Major Tarkington
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Danielle De Metz ...
Vivi (as Danielle de Metz)
Karl-Otto Alberty ...
Schroeder (as Karl Otto Alberty)
Christopher Cary ...
Conscientious Objector
John Orchard ...
Garth
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Reilly
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Brown
Ben Wright ...
Admiral
Michael Sevareid ...
Wembley
Chris Anders ...
Tank Sergeant
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Captain Foster plans on raiding German-occupied Tobruk with hand- picked commandos, but a mixup leaves him with a medical unit led by a Quaker conscientious objector. Despite all odds they succeed with their mission. On the way they pick up and drug the mistress of an Italian general, blow up the entire fuel supply for the Afrika Korps, and swap philatelic gossip with Field Marshal Erwin Rommel. Written by Anonymous

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He took on Rommel... the Sahara... and a unit of untrained men to blow the Desert Fox to hell...

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12 February 1971 (USA)  »

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Le cinquième commando  »

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Trivia

This movie was directed by Henry Hathaway who had directed twenty years earlier the classic 20th Century-Fox movie about Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and also set in World War II North Africa, The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951). Hathaway's other movies about the Second World War were all for studio Twentieth Century-Fox and included The House on 92nd Street (1945); Wing and a Prayer (1944); You're in the Navy Now (1951) and 13 Rue Madeleine (1947). Raid on Rommel (1971) was Hathaway's only WW II movie which wasn't made by Fox, it was made by Universal. See more »

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When the British fighter attacked the convoy the truck pulling the water trailer was hit and exploded. The water trailer was also engulfed in flames. The next day when the convoy pulls out they leave behind the blackened hulk of the burned out truck, but the water trailer is nowhere to be seen. All remaining trucks can be seen driving off led by the command car but none of them are towing a trailer. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Hugh Tarkington: You know Rommel?
Capt. Heinz Schroeder: Yes. He loves the Sahara. We all do. By "we", I mean the professional military.
Maj. Hugh Tarkington: I'm not a military man, captain. War holds no romance for me. The side effects are repulsive.
Capt. Heinz Schroeder: Here there are no side effects. No women, no children, no towns to get in the way, just men, my doctor.
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Reasonable desert war movie
4 September 1999 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

There are a lot of bizarre chains of circumstance which set up the plot of this. People just happen to have talents and interests which assist the plot, others have very improbable reasons for being where they are, and so on.

But if you can forget about the artificially convenient, this is a pretty good tale, pretty well told. A medical corps unit, and some of its patients, who start out as captives, end up, under the leadership of Richard Burton, being a commando team who play a vital part in the assault on Tobruk. Oh, and there's a girl in there somewhere.

There are plenty of tense moments, adventures, incidents, and so on. People get shot, things get blown up, the Germans are uniformly stupid except for Rommel, the military genius.

It's got all the ingredients (even if it did borrow some of the more spectacular explosions and so on from another movie), and the actors are as convincing as they can be given their improbable backgrounds.

A perfectly enjoyable, inconsequential, undemanding movie which makes two hours or so pass pleasantly enough.


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