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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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"Do the impossible...STOP ROMMEL!" See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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Goofs

In the convoy heading to Tobruk the trucks are M135 and M54 models. These are early-1950s vintage trucks. See more »

Quotes

Alfie: I never did trust 'em. Once a Jerry, always a Jerry.
Dolan: Once a thief, always a thief, That right Alfie?
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Connections

Edited into Raid on Rommel (1971) See more »

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exciting, well-made, and tackles some big issues
18 September 2005 | by macduff50See all my reviews

A lot of the comments above seem to be focused on whether or not the film-makers got the tanks and trucks right, yet at the same time, the writers admit they loved the movie. Me too; and I don't give a damn about the equipment, so long as it's reasonably close to the real thing.

Here's the point: a war film that tackles the big issues which the war itself was partly fought over is such a rare bird – and especially one that's combined with some good character writing and knockout action sequences – that one should embrace it. The movie gives us spectacle, yes, but it does so in a thoughtful way, a remarkable achievement when one considers that the typical war movie of the era was more like "Where Eagles Dare" than this one, ie, a farrago of nonsense designed to showcase ludicrous special effects sequences.

"Tobruk" may not be the literal truth, but it shows people committed to and fighting for beliefs and ideas, and fully prepared to sacrifice their lives if necessary to achieve that greater good. Stirring stuff, and the editing in the final tank sequence is nothing short of amazing.


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