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Raid on Rommel (1971)

GP | | Drama, War | 12 February 1971 (USA)
In 1942 Libya, a German-speaking British Intelligence officer uses former British POWs, some dressed in German uniforms, to fulfill a secret sabotage mission inside German-captured Tobruk.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writer:

Richard M. Bluel (as Richard Bluel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Burton ... Foster
John Colicos ... MacKenzie
Clinton Greyn Clinton Greyn ... Major Tarkington
Wolfgang Preiss ... Rommel
Danielle De Metz ... Vivi (as Danielle de Metz)
Karl-Otto Alberty ... Schroeder (as Karl Otto Alberty)
Christopher Cary ... Conscientious Objector
John Orchard ... Garth
Brook Williams ... Reilly
Greg Mullavey ... Brown
Ben Wright ... Admiral
Michael Sevareid Michael Sevareid ... Wembley
Chris Anders Chris Anders ... Tank Sergeant
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Storyline

Captain Foster plans on raiding German-occupied Tobruk with hand-picked commandos, but a mix-up leaves him with a medical unit containing a Quaker conscientious objector. Despite all odds they succeed with their mission. On the way they pick up and drug the mistress of an Italian general, blow up the entire fuel supply for the Afrika Korps, and swap philatelic gossip with Field Marshal Erwin Rommel. Written by Col_Hessler

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He took on Rommel... the Sahara... and a unit of untrained men to blow the Desert Fox to hell...

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Italian

Release Date:

12 February 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Im Morgengrauen brach die Hölle los See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie's opening prologue states: "LIBYA - 1943. After almost three years of bitter desert warfare, Rommel's brilliant use of his Panzer divisions has driven the British into a position of desperation. The fate of the Mediterranean hangs in the balance." See more »

Goofs

Burton is loading and firing a mortar and in one instance he loads the mortar and it doesn't fire and he loads it again. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Hugh Tarkington: What about the girl?
Capt. Alex Foster: She stays with us. She has to stay with us. She's an integral part of the convoy, on the official bill of lading. She's yours, doctor, all yours.
Maj. Hugh Tarkington: Mine?
Capt. Alex Foster: I don't care whether you pay her off in lollipops or cut out her tongue with a dull knife. She's your responsibility.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Guiron (1991) See more »

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Tedious rubbish
26 August 2000 | by Jan-146See all my reviews

This afternoon the BBC aired once again this abominable film about a British commando unit set out to destroy a German petrol dump in order to prevent the Germans from using their tanks. As far as I am concerned everything that could be wrong about this movie is wrong: the Germans are portrayed as silly cartoon-like figures who are only interested in war and who believe everything Hitler says. The British protagonists are all civilized people who took on the battle reluctantly and are heroes simply because they're British. This film is also rather comical: at one point one of the British special service man is seen in an encounter with the German general Rommel. Every now and again this British soldier tries to show that he speaks German fluently. Well, he doesn't. You don't have to be German (and I am not) to see that these so called highly trained commandos wouldn't last an hour if they were dropped as secret agents in Nazi-Germany. If this film was shot in the years between 1940-1945, I could have understand. But in 1971?


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