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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.


Terence Young




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


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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Did You Know?


The film was made and released about four years after its original source novel "No Time to Die" written by Ronald Kemp had been first published in 1954. The "No Time to Die" title was the movie's working title and theatrical title in the UK. See more »


About 15 minutes into the movie when Mature is being questioned by the Germans he is shown to extend his hands to show that his fingernails had been removed as an apparent torture method. The scenes leading up to this, while he is talking to his captures, shows that his nails are complete. See more »


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 »


Referenced in No Time to Die: Official Title Reveal of Bond 25 (2019) See more »


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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some good tank action
27 June 2019 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

British armor forces get routed by the Germans in WWII North Africa. Daniel Thatcher (Victor Mature) is one of those taken. Immediately, he makes an escape attempt even without permission. He is quickly recaptured. The American had actually tried to assassinate Josef Goebbels and would be a prized captive.

I like this movie until that one German soldier. It's the start of a series of unfortunate plot turns. The movie starts with some good tank action. The prison camp is standard. The escape runs into a couple of obstacles. When that one German soldier turns, the movie goes into bad melodrama. There are contrivances and bad plot points. At least, it finishes with some more solid tank action.

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Release Date:

August 1958 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Libya See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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