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.
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
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 »
"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 »
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 »
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.
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.
Well, my perspective has about a dozen reporters from every TV and radio station, and newspaper you can think of...
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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 »
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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