In the North African desert in World War II, a damaged American fighter plane that is unable to take off tries to evade and destroy a pursuing Nazi tank.




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Complete credited cast:
Hans Pimler
Arnold McMillan
Lt. Del Culpepper
Brendon Boone ...
Pvt. Huffman
Christopher Cary ...
British Radioman
Dennis Rucker ...
Lt. Voelke
Pvt. Becker
Ivor Barry ...
Maj. Waverly
William Beckley ...
British Airman
Eric Micklewood ...
British Officer


In the North African desert in World War II, a crippled American fighter plane that is unable to take off tries to evade and destroy a pursuing Nazi tank. Written by

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An Encounter Against Death...In the Realities of War...


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Release Date:

10 November 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Duel in the Desert  »

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$650,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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I've got a tank and an airplane and a camera-- Let's make a movie!
29 April 2001 | by (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

I remember this as an intriguing chase film, with a grounded fighter plane being chased across the North African desert by a lone Panzer. Given how movies sometimes get made, I can't help but wonder if this nifty little film came about for one reason, that the producers had access to a vintage tank and a (non-flying) fighter plane for a week or two....

Doug McClure is good as the stalwart American pilot but Bridges is oddly cast as a Rommel wannabe, intruding on the kind of roles Eric Braeden/ Hans Guddergast usually played before breaking into soap operas.

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