Rommel has the British in retreat on his way to the Suez Canal. All that stands in his way is Tobruk, held by a vastly out numbered force of Australian troops. Richard Burton leads these troops on daring raids against Rommel, keeping him off balance as they earn the nickname 'The Desert Rats'.Written by
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How Rommel is portrayed is compared among several films, and much is made as to whether Rommel actually was involved in a plot to kill Hitler which is why many saw him in possibly a better light and he was portrayed as such. In 2018 documents were found related to Rudolf Hartmann lending evidence that Rommel was indeed involved in attempting to remove Hitler, but because he believed it was the only way out for Germany and not because of any particular ideological differences with Hitler. See more »
In the scene where "Tammy" and the others are being taken to a German pow camp in a truck convoy and strafed by allied aircraft, besides the inaccurate invasion stripes of the American P-51, other shots show stock footage of a Grumman Avenger diving in as well.
The Avenger was primarily used in the Pacific theater and did not enter service until June of '42. See more »
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One of my favorites!
This was the first movies I was ever allowed to stay up and watch on the old Saturday Night At The Movies show on NBC so it has always had a fond place in my heart. Although some might dismiss it as clichéd, it is a tight, well told story that some of today's films might do well to emulate. The realism, ambivalence, and irony of today's war films is definitely missing but one should remember that this was the "good" war. While the other reviewers may criticize its historical accuracy, as someone who grew up hearing war stories from American and Canadian WWI and WWII veterans, it does capture the feeling of a period without going overboard on heroics or far-fetched plot twists.
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