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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Herrier ...
Sandy Ward ...
General Hubik
Deputy Euclid
Sergeant Tippet
Sheriff Buelton
Mess Sergeant
Sgt. Wimofsky
Dan Albright ...
T.V. Reporter #1 (as Daniel Albright)
Gerald A. Atkins ...
Food Server
Ron Baskin ...
Deputy #1
Keith Jerome Brown ...
Tank Motor Pool Man


Sergeant Major Zak Carey is serving what is his final tour of duty at an Army base in Clemens, Georgia. Zak doesn't like the way the Army keeps the base and the bar is not what he's accustomed to. So he goes off base to get a beer. When he goes to the bar one of the local prostitutes tries to come on to Zak but Zak turns her down. That's when the deputy who appears to be her pimp beating her up. That's when Zak strikes him. Later he learns that the Sheriff is corrupt and takes what happened to the Deputy as an attack on him and tries to get Zak but the Army backs him and Zak is not intimidated. That's when they arrest his son on trumped up drug charges. Before Zak can fix it, his wife tries to get a lawyer for their son but this only pushes the Sheriff to send their son to a prison farm. With no other recourse Zak gets into his own vintage Sherman Tank and busts his son out and they try to make it to the state line so that they can expose the Sheriff. Written by

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Sergeant major Zack Carey believed in Truth, Justice and America. Until the sheriff of a little town put his only son into jail of a crime he hadn't done. And now sergeant major Zack Carey has changed his mind. (original Finnish poster tagline) See more »


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16 March 1984 (USA)  »

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Actors James Garner and James Cromwell would later co-star in Clint Eastwood's Space Cowboys (2000) around sixteen years later. In that film, Cromwell was Garner's superior. See more »


When the tank drives over the police cars at the roadblock, the front end of the tank raises up before it strikes the cars, exposing the fact that a small ramp was set up to aid the tank in climbing onto them. See more »


Zack: Sergeant?
Mess Sergeant: Yeah?
Zack: That's the best fuckin' apple cobbler I ever tasted.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »


Lyrics by Donna Schifrin
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Performed by Gene Morford
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The Lifer
16 March 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Tank is a film about Sergeant Major James Garner an army lifer assigned to what will probably be his last post, somewhere in an unnamed fort in the State of Alabama. He's moved on the post with wife Shirley Jones and younger son C. Thomas Howell. Garner and Jones's older son was killed a short while back in an accident and they're still grieving. Also moving on the post is Garner's pride and joy, a World War II vintage Sherman tank which he has reassembled and he's the only man in the US Army with his own personal Tank.

One night while visiting one of the local bars he sees one of the hookers, Jenilee Harrison being beaten by a sheriff's deputy James Cromwell. It bothers him and Garner takes matters in his own hands. But assaulting an Alabama deputy sheriff in his own town is normally not a good idea. As Sergeant Dorian Harewood of the Provost Marshal's office tells Garner, the sheriff G.D.Spradlin is a 'mean cracker'.

Spradlin bides his time and then frames Howell on a drug charge. After exhausting the legal means Garner resorts to the illegal and puts his career and pension at risk, but becomes one popular dude.

One of the best things Tank has going for it is the real chemistry between, Garner, Jones and Howell. You don't think of them as players, they become a real family on the screen. You also see Garner going about his daily routine on the post and you note that this is a man in whose hands the country's defense is in. As long as we do produce men like Garner for our Armed Services, the country's in good hands.

Tank was shot on several army bases and has an authentic army look about it. In fact all the players and their are several familiar ones really do convey themselves as soldiers. Garner and Mess Sergeant John Hancock have a really humorous confrontation and Hancock for example is someone you really do think of as an army mess sergeant not just an actor playing one.

Tank gives Garner and Jones roles that fit their age bracket perfectly, they are two of the best roles both of those players have had in their later years. Tank is good family entertainment with something for all ages of moviegoers.

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