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Taxi for Tobruk (1961)

Un taxi pour Tobrouk (original title)
During World War II, French Commandos join forces with a German officer in order to survive the African desert.

Director:

Denys de La Patellière (as Denys de la Patellière)

Writers:

Michel Audiard (dialogue), René Havard (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hardy Krüger ... Le capitaine Ludwig von Stegel
Lino Ventura ... le brigadier Theo Dumas
Maurice Biraud ... François Gensac
Charles Aznavour ... Samuel Goldmann
Germán Cobos ... Jean Ramirez
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During World War II, French Commandos join forces with a German officer in order to survive the African desert.

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Four men...one sworn enemy...the unforgettable journey they all share! See more »

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Drama | War

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France | Spain | West Germany

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Release Date:

10 May 1961 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Taxi for Tobruk See more »

Filming Locations:

Almería, Andalucía, Spain

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Optiphone

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2.35 : 1
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One of the top 5 grossing movie of its year in France. See more »

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Referenced in Assassin in the Phonebook (1962) See more »

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One of the greatest films on WW2
20 September 2009 | by paws-7See all my reviews

This film is simply one of the best I've ever seen about WW2. It shows, with few characters, few accurate words and in the overwhelming emptiness of the desert, the true face of war: total nonsense!

The plot, which puts 4 French soldiers in the situation of taking a German prisoner, together with his car, on a trip through the desert back to El-Alamein, is brilliantly written by Michel Audiard. The author shows us how enemies, being held away from fighting, can learn to progressively appreciate themselves... or not. Irony and emotion just stick together along the whole film to the end. True, human and disabused.

I don't have anything more to say. Or just one thing: it's the fourth time I watch that film, it's the fourth time I'm caught by it until the last second!


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