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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 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 »

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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:

$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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Actors James Garner and James Cromwell would later co-star in Clint Eastwood's Space Cowboys (2000) around sixteen years later. In that film, Cromwell was Garner's superior. See more »

Goofs

When the tank drives over the police cars at the roadblock, the front end of the tank raises up before it strikes the cars, exposing the fact that a small ramp was set up to aid the tank in climbing onto them. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Buelton: It's going to be my great pleasure to shoot that sergeant in his privates.
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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

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

Soundtracks

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

 
Worth a look.
26 March 2002 | by pappythesailorSee all my reviews

If you can ignore the dopey ending, the movie has some very nice surprises best of which is the incredible performance of GD Spradlin as the sheriff. This may be a lightweight movie but he does not throw away his role. He's genuinely scary and believable as the tyrannical sheriff. Jenilee Harrison is also at her most sexy in 1984. She was a mouthwatering beauty back then! The film rolls along pretty blandly but the scenes with C. Thomas Howell getting framed are pretty well done and plausible. If you can get over the guy owning his own Sherman tank, the decision to use it makes at least some sense by that point in the movie.


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