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Raid on Rommel (1971)

GP | | Drama, War | 12 February 1971 (USA)
In 1942 Libya, a German-speaking British Intelligence officer uses former British POWs, some dressed in German uniforms, to fulfill a secret sabotage mission inside German-captured Tobruk.

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Foster
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Clinton Greyn ...
Major Tarkington
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Vivi (as Danielle de Metz)
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Schroeder (as Karl Otto Alberty)
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Conscientious Objector
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Garth
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Reilly
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Brown
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Admiral
Michael Sevareid ...
Wembley
Chris Anders ...
Tank Sergeant
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Storyline

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 Col_Hessler

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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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Also Known As:

Im Morgengrauen brach die Hölle los  »

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Trivia

This movie's opening prologue states: "LIBYA - 1943. After almost three years of bitter desert warfare, Rommel's brilliant use of his Panzer divisions has driven the British into a position of desperation. The fate of the Mediterranean hangs in the balance." See more »

Goofs

In one instance when they are riding in the half track, John Colicos mentions that it would be nice if there was a "snowstorm" to cover their tracks. He then corrects himself and then says "sandstorm". 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 weak film of Henry Hathaway.
11 November 2010 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

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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