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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.

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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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Sergeant-Major Zack Carey takes the law into his own hands with help from his own personal tank (Video Australia) See more »

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Action | Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia. See more »

Goofs

When putting on the tank's thrown track on a Sherman, you do not push the iron bar in the opposite direction of its motion. You should stand in the other direction and pull it on. See more »

Quotes

Zack: We're not runnin' from the law. We're runnin' *to* the law.
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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 »

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References First Blood (1982) See more »

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SATURDAY GIRL
Lyrics by Donna Schifrin
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Performed by Gene Morford
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The Lifer
16 March 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Tank is a film about Sergeant Major James Garner an army lifer assigned to what will probably be his last post, somewhere in an unnamed fort in the State of Alabama. He's moved on the post with wife Shirley Jones and younger son C. Thomas Howell. Garner and Jones's older son was killed a short while back in an accident and they're still grieving. Also moving on the post is Garner's pride and joy, a World War II vintage Sherman tank which he has reassembled and he's the only man in the US Army with his own personal Tank.

One night while visiting one of the local bars he sees one of the hookers, Jenilee Harrison being beaten by a sheriff's deputy James Cromwell. It bothers him and Garner takes matters in his own hands. But assaulting an Alabama deputy sheriff in his own town is normally not a good idea. As Sergeant Dorian Harewood of the Provost Marshal's office tells Garner, the sheriff G.D.Spradlin is a 'mean cracker'.

Spradlin bides his time and then frames Howell on a drug charge. After exhausting the legal means Garner resorts to the illegal and puts his career and pension at risk, but becomes one popular dude.

One of the best things Tank has going for it is the real chemistry between, Garner, Jones and Howell. You don't think of them as players, they become a real family on the screen. You also see Garner going about his daily routine on the post and you note that this is a man in whose hands the country's defense is in. As long as we do produce men like Garner for our Armed Services, the country's in good hands.

Tank was shot on several army bases and has an authentic army look about it. In fact all the players and their are several familiar ones really do convey themselves as soldiers. Garner and Mess Sergeant John Hancock have a really humorous confrontation and Hancock for example is someone you really do think of as an army mess sergeant not just an actor playing one.

Tank gives Garner and Jones roles that fit their age bracket perfectly, they are two of the best roles both of those players have had in their later years. Tank is good family entertainment with something for all ages of moviegoers.


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