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Tobruk (1967)

Approved | | Drama, War | 10 March 1967 (West Germany)
A Canadian POW major is rescued by a special British military unit made up of Germans to help lead an attack on a major Nazi fuel depot in Tobruk, Libya.

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writer:

Leo Gordon (as Leo V. Gordon)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... Maj. Donald Craig
George Peppard ... Capt. Bergman
Nigel Green ... Col. Harker
Guy Stockwell ... Lt. Mohnfeld
Jack Watson ... Sgt. Maj. Tyne
Percy Herbert ... Dolan
Norman Rossington ... Alfie
Liam Redmond ... Henry Portman
Heidy Hunt Heidy Hunt ... Cheryl Portman
Leo Gordon ... Sgt. Krug
Robert Wolders ... Cpl. Bruckner
Anthony Ashdown Anthony Ashdown ... Lt. Boyden
Curt Lowens ... German Colonel
Rico Cattani Rico Cattani ... Cpl. Stuhler (as Henry Rico Cattani)
Peter Coe ... Tuareg Chieftain
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Storyline

September 1942 - With Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps on the march through Egypt, a British special forces unit, composed of German Jews who serve with the British despite the mutual resentment between both, kidnap a Canadian officer who is an expert topographer and who is held prisoner by the Vichy French in Algeria. The officer, Donald Craig, must negotiate a company of British and German-Jewish commandos through 800 miles of the Sahara to aide a pending amphibious landing against Tobruk's massive fuel storage base - a mission that sees one impediment after another, and which discovers an undetected German armored force ready to win the battle of Egypt. Written by Michael Daly <fanstp43@aol.com>

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The adventure they lived is the screen's supreme achievement! See more »

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

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English | German | Italian | Arabic

Release Date:

10 March 1967 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Tobrouk, commando pour l'enfer See more »

Filming Locations:

Yuma, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The part of Colonel Harker was offered to Dirk Bogarde, who passed. See more »

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When the frogmen first board the prison ship, one is holding a pistol with a silencer. The silencer is clearly bent. See more »

Quotes

Major Craig: It's suicide.
Colonel Harker: It's orders.
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Referenced in Age of Consent (1969) See more »

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gritty sand and unbearable heat war epic
7 August 2005 | by benglesonSee all my reviews

You know, I miss Rock Hudson. I miss the fake guy I guess, the guy who had to hide his sexual orientation because of the way the world is about 'manliness.' Anyway, Tobruk is a gritty little war thriller escapade that causes the viewer to sweat and recall a far away war in the desert, a war that had justification. Political diatribe aside, Tobruk reminds us about treachery, duplicity and the ever toxic fifth column that insinuated itself into WW11. Hudson is magnificent, Peppard is intense and aware and Nigel Green, a particular favourite, has that snooty, over-bearing right at all costs attitude down to a Tee. The Portman father and daughter fifth column team seem especially right.

The screenplay was written by the much under-rated Leo Gordon. And okay, I acknowledge that he must have watched Guns Of Navarone a few times. Still, its a fun war film (if that's possible.) His ferocious, simmering presence has a small but useful role in the film

The world I belong to has vagueness as an ethical base. Tobruk and films like it remind me of a more pure, righteous and simpler time. Sorry, I know that's a bit sentimental but age does that.


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