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 »
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
The word Rommel of this movie's title refers to Field Marshal Erwin Rommel (1891-1944). Rommel, whose full name was Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel, was a high-ranking German Army officer during World War II. Rommel was famous for commanding the Axis alliance forces of Italy and Germany in the North African theatre of the Second World War. His triumphs in this region make him to be one of the most successful military leaders in desert warfare and thus contributed to his legendary name, Wüstenfuchs or the Desert Fox, a nick-name he is more frequently known by. This Desert Fox name was used as its own movie title twenty years earlier with The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951). 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 »
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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