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Tank Force (1958)

Tank Force! (original title)
During WW2 in North Africa, an American sergeant serving with the British 8th Army is captured by the Germans but he hatches various plans of escape from the POW camp.

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Terence Young
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Mature ... Thatcher
Leo Genn ... Kendall
Anthony Newley ... Noakes
Bonar Colleano ... The Pole
Luciana Paluzzi ... Carola
Sean Kelly Sean Kelly ... Bartlett
Kenneth Fortescue Kenneth Fortescue ... Johnson
Anne Aubrey ... Italian Girl
George Coulouris ... Camp Commandant
Alfred Burke Alfred Burke ... Captain Ritter
David Lodge ... Patterson
Maxwell Shaw Maxwell Shaw ... The Sheikh
Alan Tilvern ... Silverio
George Pravda ... German Sergt.
Percy Herbert ... 1st. English Soldier
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Daniel Thatcher is an American sergeant serving with a British tank corps in North Africa. He and most of his unit are captured by the Germans, who learn his identity as a man who once tried to assassinate Josef Goebbels, Hitler's right-hand man. Thatcher's wife was killed in the concentration camps, and now, after his failed attempt to kill the Nazi leader, Thatcher is a real prize for his captors. But Thatcher prefers not to go back to Germany as a prize, so he leads his fellow tankers in an escape attempt. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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When iron men in iron monsters fought for a continent ! See more »

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Drama | War

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UK | USA

Language:

English | Italian | German

Release Date:

August 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tank Force See more »

Filming Locations:

Libya See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Some movie posters for the film boasted about Italian actress Luciana Paluzzi with slogans reading: "Introducing...Italy's most exciting new film firebrand...LUCIANNA PALUZZI". See more »

Goofs

When the escaped prisoners attack the two German tanks, one uses a machine gun taken from a half track. As he attacks the Germans, the sound of the machine gun firing is clearly heard. However, the weapon lacks an ammunition belt and is therefore not loaded. Further, there is no muzzle flash when it is supposed to be firing. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. David H. Thatcher: He's not worth saving, not even for THAT!
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Crazy Credits

"To the War Office. The Royal Armoured Corps and The Queen's Bays (2nd Dragoon Guards) who made possible the tank sequence. We extend our grateful thanks." See more »

Alternate Versions

The American and British versions of the film had different running times clocking in at 86 minutes and 103 minutes respectively. This was a difference of about seventeen minutes with the English print being longer than the one Stateside. See more »

Connections

References The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) See more »

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Waltzing Matilda
Original music by Christina McPherson (uncredited), revised music by Marie Cowan (uncredited) and lyrics by A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson (as Banjo Paterson)
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Keep Fumbling the capture
8 November 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Tank Force is a curious combination of The Great Escape and Desperate Journey. Only four British prisoners one of them an American and another one a Pole, manage to escape in what should have been a more successful operation from combined German and Italian custody on the African front.

Leo Genn is one of the escapees and he's a strict by the book disciplinarian. Bonar Colleano plays the Pole who has enlisted in the British Army after his country surrendered. He's fighting his own private war with the Axis and does not take to discipline easily.

But in that regard he's nothing to Victor Mature. He's an American who was married to a Jewish wife and who tried to assassinate Joe Goebbels and escaped Nazi custody. When the Axis finds out Mature's in their custody, he has to escape and quick because he won't be treated like any other prisoner of war.

Desperate Journey was one of my least favorite Errol Flynn movies. It shows the Nazis as the stupidest kind of people imaginable. When the fantastic four of Mature, Genn, Newley, and Colleano escape in the African desert, both the Nazis and the Italians keep fumbling the capture. It was getting ridiculous after a while.

The quality of Mature's work went down considerably after he left 20th Century Fox for the most part and Tank Force is a prime example.


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