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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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Drama | War

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Release Date:

12 February 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le cinquième commando  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Actor Richard Burton plays Captain Alex Foster in this North African World War II movie. Burton had previously appeared in two other Second World War movies set in North Africa prior to this film. Burton played Captain Leith in Bitter Victory (1957), fourteen years earlier and Captain 'Tammy' MacRoberts in The Desert Rats (1953), eighteen years earlier. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Maj. Hugh Tarkington: What about the girl?
Capt. Alex Foster: She stays with us. She has to stay with us. She's an integral part of the convoy, on the official bill of lading. She's yours, doctor, all yours.
Maj. Hugh Tarkington: Mine?
Capt. Alex Foster: I don't care whether you pay her off in lollipops or cut out her tongue with a dull knife. She's your responsibility.
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Edited from A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958) See more »

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A really bad movie
30 September 2003 | by (Bracebridge Ont) – See all my reviews

The history is wrong. The props are inaccurate. The story is over the top derring do nonsense. It was the presence of Richard Burton that drew me to this turkey. Alas, it must have been his worst role. I fail to see how any film maker can be so careless with his subject and so contemptuous of his audience. The Germans did not use flying boats and certainly not in the desert. The Wehrmacht did not use the type of campaign ribbon shown on the German uniforms. There are no puffy white clouds over the Libyan desert. Edward R. Murrow's CBS broadcasts could not have been heard in Africa. And on and on and on. Nor have we even approached the absurd plot, complete with an Italian bimbo and a philatelic Erwin Rommel. Or the very chintzy special effects. Nope. My one line summary says it all. A really bad movie!


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