Captain Foster plans on raiding German-occupied Tobruk with hand-picked commandos, but a mix-up leaves him with a medical unit containing 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
German actor Wolfgang Preiss, who played Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, had made a career out of playing German soldiers, both enlisted men and officers, but this was the first time he had ever played Rommel. See more »
When the tank overturns in the fuel depot, a turret hatch is clearly visible as open. However, Richard Burton's character has to force open a jammed hatch in the turret. See more »
World War II. The British troops are in progress toward the North Africa to confront the army of the Third Reich. The key point to carry out an action of attack is Tubruk, a refuge for Rommel and the Nazi troops, which the protected with all kinds of artillery. The only option to destroy Tubruk is infiltrating an allied command, led by a false Nazi officer (Richard Burton), in the area occupied by the Germans.
The film is in the sub-genre of films of commands within the kind of war. This sub-genre began with "The Guns of Navarone", and "Raid on Rommel" is one of the examples of how exhausted the formula throughout the decade of the 1960 and early 1970. The greater interest to what has to see the interpretation of Richard Burton on the screen, but hardly have any virtue. The film has a development of the screenplay very simple that hardly makes any new idea.
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