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Tank (1984)

Sergeant Major Zack arrives at a new army base with his wife, son and Sherman tank. One night at a bar he "stops" a pimp/deputy from beating a girl. The corrupt sheriff uses Zack's son for revenge and Zack uses his tank.

Director:

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 ... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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Trivia

"Tank" was originally rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America. However, a successful appeal was made which re-issued the motion picture with a PG rating instead. The film's 1983 release predated the PG-13 rating, for which this picture would've likely been rated had it existed when "Tank" was first released. See more »

Goofs

When the tank drives towards the exit of the military base, you can see track marks on the road and in the grass from previous takes. 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 of...
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by 2 minutes 20 seconds to secure a 'PG' rating, with cuts made to violence, sex references and strong language, including repeated use of the phrase "the whore". The '15' rated video is uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Alien Space Avenger (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Saturday Girl
(1984)
Lyrics by Donna Schifrin
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Performed by Gene Morford
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User Reviews

Very Heavy and Sluggish, Absolutely No Control.
16 January 2004 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

Down-right silly venture for all involved has about-to-retire military man James Garner getting in trouble in a small-town with local sheriff G.D. Spradlin and top deputy James Cromwell after he protects a hooker from getting beat up by the authorities. Soon the sheriff's office arrests Garner's teenage son (C. Thomas Howell) on a trumped-up drug charge and then naturally Garner really gets mad and tries to use the titled vehicle to exact his revenge and get his son back. "Tank" is pure corn that does not really entertain and fails to create any substantial interest throughout its running time. The best moments (the very few found within) come from Garner and Cromwell. 2.5 out of 5 stars.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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:

$11,302,884

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,302,884
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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