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Tank (1984)

Sergeant Major Zak Carey is serving what is his final tour of duty at an Army base in Clemens, Georgia. Zak doesn't like the way the Army keeps the base and the bar is not what he's ... See full summary »

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Marvin J. Chomsky

Writer:

Dan Gordon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Zack
Shirley Jones ... LaDonna
C. Thomas Howell ... Billy
Mark Herrier ... Elliott
Sandy Ward ... General Hubik
Jenilee Harrison ... Sarah
James Cromwell ... Deputy Euclid
Dorian Harewood ... Sergeant Tippet
G.D. Spradlin ... Sheriff Buelton
John Hancock ... Mess Sergeant
Guy Boyd ... Sgt. Wimofsky
Dan Albright Dan Albright ... T.V. Reporter #1 (as Daniel Albright)
Gerald A. Atkins Gerald A. Atkins ... Food Server
Ron Baskin Ron Baskin ... Deputy #1
Keith Jerome Brown Keith Jerome Brown ... Tank Motor Pool Man
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Storyline

Sergeant Major Zak Carey is serving what is his final tour of duty at an Army base in Clemens, Georgia. Zak doesn't like the way the Army keeps the base and the bar is not what he's accustomed to. So he goes off base to get a beer. When he goes to the bar one of the local prostitutes tries to come on to Zak but Zak turns her down. That's when the deputy who appears to be her pimp beating her up. That's when Zak strikes him. Later he learns that the Sheriff is corrupt and takes what happened to the Deputy as an attack on him and tries to get Zak but the Army backs him and Zak is not intimidated. That's when they arrest his son on trumped up drug charges. Before Zak can fix it, his wife tries to get a lawyer for their son but this only pushes the Sheriff to send their son to a prison farm. With no other recourse Zak gets into his own vintage Sherman Tank and busts his son out and they try to make it to the state line so that they can expose the Sheriff. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

Sergeant major Zack Carey believed in Truth, Justice and America. Until the sheriff of a little town put his only son into jail of a crime he hadn't done. And now sergeant major Zack Carey has changed his mind. (original Finnish poster tagline) See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Tank See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Benning, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,035,960, 18 March 1984

Gross USA:

$14,134,877
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The favorite catchphrase of corrupt sheriff Cyrus Buelton (G.D. Spradlin) was "Pussy Communist". The joke phrase was derived from The Posse Comitatus Act which is a story element in the movie. See more »

Goofs

After Zach enters the Outpost Cafe and takes a seat at the bar, the bartender removes the empty bottle and beer glass twice. See more »

Quotes

Gov. Harold R. Sims, Tennessee: In all candor, Mrs. Carey, I would find it very difficult to put the full prestige and honor of the governorship behind a crusade led by two men in a tank with a 20-year-old prostitute.
LaDonna Carey: Governor, that's my husband and my son in that tank with that 20-year-old prostitute. If I don't have a problem with that, I fail to see why you should.
Gov. Harold R. Sims, Tennessee: Prehaps we look at it from different perspectives.
LaDonna Carey: Well, my perspective has about a dozen reporters from every TV and radio station, and newspaper you can think...
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Connections

Remake of Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

SATURDAY GIRL
Lyrics by Donna Schifrin
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Performed by Gene Morford
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Inspirational film; changed my life.
5 February 2003 | by aphelocoma1See all my reviews

Tank has been an inspiration in my life. Its rich plot is rife with moral dilemmas, all of which end in ethical resolutions. Zack (James Garner) is the epitome of all that is good and right in the universe, and he wins in the end like good should. While I usually watch the film for its moral content, sometimes I find myself fast- forwarding to scene eleven, which features james cromwell naked, chained to a phone pole.

Ten stars. This film has changed my life.


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