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Desert Patrol (1958)

Sea of Sand (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | December 1961 (USA)
Sent to destroy a Nazi petrol dump in the North African desert, a British commando team unexpectedly discovers a large Nazi tank unit, and must inform headquarters in time.

Director:

Guy Green

Writers:

Robert Westerby (screenplay), Sean Fielding (original story)
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Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Attenborough ... Brody
John Gregson ... Capt. Williams
Michael Craig ... Capt. Cotton
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ... Sgt. Nesbitt
Percy Herbert ... White
Barry Foster ... Cpl. Matheson
George Murcell ... Cpl. Simms
Andrew Faulds ... Sgt. Parker
Ray McAnally ... Sgt. Hardy
Harold Goodwin ... Road Watch
Tony Thawnton Tony Thawnton ... Capt. Tom
Wolf Frees ... German Sergeant
George Mikell George Mikell ... German Officer
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Storyline

A small British Army team is sent to destroy a German petrol dump as part of the preparation for a major attack in the North African campaign. While they are there, they spot a large number of tanks and realize that Army intelligence must be informed or some Tommies are going to be in for a nasty surprise. The Germans are equally determined that they should not reach their base, and a tense chase across the desert is the result. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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The Most Amazing Story Ever To Come Out Of The Sahara! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

December 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desert Patrol See more »

Filming Locations:

Tripolitania, Libya See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

So unnerved by their activities, the Italian soldiers began to call the L.R.D.G. the "Pattaglia Fantasma" or "Ghost Patrol". See more »

Goofs

The German armored car that attacks the column is a completely fictitious design based on a car or small truck chassis. See more »

Connections

Featured in Remembering John Gregson (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Greensleeves
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Heard on radio
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Stiff upper lips all round
16 October 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

SEA OF SAND is, unsurprisingly, another North African WW2 movie. Although they made literally dozens of such productions over the years, I never get tired of them as they have such great backdrops against which to present war-time action. This one's a very typical piece from the period, filled with a kind of brisk efficiency which goes hand-in-hand with the no-nonsense British cast.

The story follows the misadventures of a team of British soldiers sent behind enemy lines to blow up a fuel depot. They end discovering a massive depot of tanks ready to strike against Allied forces and, with their radio out, they must return to their own side to spread word of their discovery. The only problem is that the Nazi forces are well aware of this, sending soldiers out in pursuit.

SEA OF SAND is an admirably tough movie. There's little room for sentiment here, just necessity of getting the job done. The ensemble cast is fine with Michael Craig and John Gregson particularly standing out and more minor parts for the likes of Richard Attenborough (surprisingly underutilised in a comic part), Barry Foster, Ray McAnally, and Percy Herbert. I was delighted to spot an uncredited Dermot Walsh playing the guy who sends the team on their mission. It's solid stuff, at times exciting, heroic, tragic, and harrowing.


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