MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 524 this week

Tank (1984)

 -  Action | Drama | Comedy  -  16 March 1984 (USA)
5.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.5/10 from 2,743 users  
Reviews: 18 user | 6 critic

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 29 titles
created 03 Sep 2011
 
a list of 42 titles
created 26 Sep 2012
 
a list of 34 titles
created 09 Apr 2013
 
a list of 46 titles
created 26 Aug 2013
 
a list of 36 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Tank" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Tank (1984)

Tank (1984) on IMDb 5.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Tank.
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mystery | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An enigmatic young woman has been murdered in a small California coast town. The investigation by the local sheriff uncovers a complex web of relationships centering on the victim; the ... See full summary »

Director: James Goldstone
Stars: James Garner, Katharine Ross, Hal Holbrook
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A famous fashion photographer is trapped in a remote South American country with a beautiful model and together with some unscrupulous characters, become involved in the search for a lost ... See full summary »

Director: Delbert Mann
Stars: James Garner, Eva Renzi, George Kennedy
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

In the Old West, a gunfighting outlaw connives his way into a prison in hopes of getting his hands on a large shipment of gold stored there.

Directors: Vic Morrow, Giorgio Gentili
Stars: James Garner, Dennis Weaver, Claude Akins
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Emma is a divorced woman with a teen aged boy who moves into a small town and tries to make a go of a horse ranch. Murphy is the town druggist who steers business her way. Things are going ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Sally Field, James Garner, Brian Kerwin
Comedy | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A con artist arrives in a mining town controlled by two competing companies. Both companies think he's a famous gunfighter and try to hire him to drive the other out of town.

Director: Burt Kennedy
Stars: James Garner, Suzanne Pleshette, Jack Elam
Sunset (1988)
Crime | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Tom Mix and Wyatt Earp team up to solve a murder at the Academy Awards in 1929 Hollywood.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Bruce Willis, James Garner, Malcolm McDowell
Skin Game (1971)
Certificate: GP Comedy | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Quincy Drew and his black friend Jason O'Rourke have pulled off every dodge known for conning a well-heeled sucker, but it wasn't until they hit on the old skin game that they started to ... See full summary »

Directors: Paul Bogart, Gordon Douglas
Stars: James Garner, Louis Gossett Jr., Susan Clark
Action | War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The lives, loves, and battles of fictional characters in the Army's First Ranger Battalion during WWII.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: James Garner, Etchika Choureau, Jack Warden
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Marshal Wyatt Earp kills a couple of men of the Clanton-gang in a fight. In revenge Clanton's thugs kill the marshal's brother. Thus, Wyatt Earp starts to chase the killers together with his friend Doc Holliday.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: James Garner, Jason Robards, Robert Ryan
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In the old west, a man becomes a sheriff just for the pay, figuring he can decamp if things get tough. In the end, he uses ingenuity instead.

Director: Burt Kennedy
Stars: James Garner, Joan Hackett, Walter Brennan
Marlowe (1969)
Certificate: M Mystery | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Quiet young Orfamay Quest from Kansas has hired private detective Philip Marlowe to find her brother. After two leads turn up with ice picks stuck in them, he discovers blackmail photos ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Bogart
Stars: James Garner, Gayle Hunnicutt, Carroll O'Connor
Heartsounds (TV Movie 1984)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

New York urologist Harold Lear gets a taste of his own medicine when he suffers a heart attack and is confronted with a medical institution which doesn't seem equipped to help. Wife Martha ... See full summary »

Director: Glenn Jordan
Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, James Garner, Sam Wanamaker
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Zack
...
LaDonna
...
Billy
...
Elliott
Sandy Ward ...
General Hubik
...
Sarah
...
Deputy Euclid
...
Sergeant Tippet
...
Sheriff Buelton
John Hancock ...
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
Edit

Storyline

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 rcs0411@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A tank a day keeps the law away. (DVD tagline) See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 March 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Tank  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The name of the biker gang was the "Dragon Riders". See more »

Goofs

When putting on the tank's thrown track on a Sherman, you do not push the iron bar in the opposite direction of its motion. You should stand in the other direction and pull it on. See more »

Quotes

Gov. Harold R. Sims, Tennessee: In all candor, Mrs. Carey, I would find it very difficult to put the full prestige and honor of the governorship behind a crusade led by two men in a tank with a 20-year-old prostitute.
LaDonna Carey: Governor, that's my husband and my son in that tank with that 20-year-old prostitute. If I don't have a problem with that, I fail to see why you should.
Gov. Harold R. Sims, Tennessee: Prehaps we look at it from different perspectives.
LaDonna Carey: Well, my perspective has about a dozen reporters from every TV and radio station, and newspaper you can think...
See more »

Connections

References The Lone Ranger (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

SATURDAY GIRL
Lyrics by Donna Schifrin
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Performed by Gene Morford
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
A reasonably enjoyable film
23 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not only does Tank offer varied assortments in the ways of wit, action, and humor, I believe that it also accurate portrays the periodic levels of corruption that previously and continue to plague the various small town, white-bred trailer trash communities across the nation, moreover a mild example of which I can personally relate to.

Two years ago, a similar rural community with it's own breed of laws and regulations attempted to suspend my driving privileges upon ticketing a driver for speeding that had confiscated a driver's license that I had previously reported as stolen. My attempts to explain myself only proved a fruitless endeavor, as the community encouraged me to pay up and get over it. Only after I hired an attorney and threatened a lawsuit, did the grit munching scum-suckers in question withdraw their insistence.

Within this film, a corrupt southern bred police department attempts to enslave an Army Major's son after a deputy is justifiable beaten up in retaliation to assaulting a falsely branded "prostitute". As a portion of cover, the malevolent Sheriff runs a broadly defined farm that actually qualifies as a labor camp from which to subject luckless youths to intensive brutality. After failed attempts to appease the Sheriff's fury, James Garner elects to take matters into his own hands, commandeering a personally owned Sherman Tank in which to spring his son, and demolish a few of the corrupt police department's facilities along the way.

Perhaps another reason I enjoyed this movie is the presence of the highly versatile score by the incomparable Lalo Schifrin, who employs every compositional style in the book from Jazz to traditional military marches and a highly catchy disco tune. Unfortunately, the latter becomes a subject of unwarranted contempt from the Sergeant major's redneck upbringing, as he encourages local bars to refit their repertroire to stay any unwanted coersions to "dance the funky monkey".

Overall, the film offers a highly sympathetic premise, that eerily enough seems completely plausible in today's terms, given the prevalence of small towns, isolated from the civilized world and thus prone to erect their own dictatorial policies, no matter how severe.


8 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Best scene in this movie... davemill
Cheapest DVD eva'! jinqui242
Where are the armor enthusiasts? knsevy
Widescreen Version ForeverACE
Are you gonna find these guys? Jean_Crap_Van_Damme
Different Versions? tturdfergusonn
Discuss Tank (1984) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?