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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:

Raid on Rommel See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

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

The Jerrycans on the German trucks just before the air attack were the American version with screw-on lids. The Germans would have used their own original versions which have clamped-on lids. 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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Good remake of "Tobruk"
25 August 2004 | by kkirkupSee all my reviews

I watched this movie with my dad when I was a kid. I just felt nostalgic, and bought a copy of this movie off Amazon.com. After watching it, I realized that most of the battle scenes were actually from the 1960's Rock Hudson Film "Tobruk". The plot was nearly identical, but "Tobruk" is the better of the 2 to see. Still if you are a fan of Richard Burton, you can't go wrong with this version. Another plus, it is available on DVD, while "Tobruk" can only be found on used VHS. Burton was much better in "Where Eagles Dare" but carries this movie anyhow. Lots of familiar faces can been found in this movie if you are a fan of WW2 movies. The German nemesis in this one can also be found as the German tank commander in "Kelly's Heroes"


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