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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

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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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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Trivia

The picture was helmed by two Hollywood Studios, Lorimar Productions and Universal Pictures. The former was the production company that produced the movie whilst the latter distributed the film. See more »

Goofs

The newscaster says that the sheriff is deputizing two hundred men. Yet only about thirty men are with the sheriff. See more »

Quotes

Gov. Harold R. Sims, Tennessee: Are you threatening the Governor of this State with blackmail Mrs. Carey?
LaDonna Carey: Yes sir, I am!
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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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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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A reasonably enjoyable film
23 November 2006 | by dl43See all my reviews

Not only does Tank offer varied assortments in the ways of wit, action, and humor, I believe that it also accurate portrays the periodic levels of corruption that previously and continue to plague the various small town, white-bred trailer trash communities across the nation, moreover a mild example of which I can personally relate to.

Two years ago, a similar rural community with it's own breed of laws and regulations attempted to suspend my driving privileges upon ticketing a driver for speeding that had confiscated a driver's license that I had previously reported as stolen. My attempts to explain myself only proved a fruitless endeavor, as the community encouraged me to pay up and get over it. Only after I hired an attorney and threatened a lawsuit, did the grit munching scum-suckers in question withdraw their insistence.

Within this film, a corrupt southern bred police department attempts to enslave an Army Major's son after a deputy is justifiable beaten up in retaliation to assaulting a falsely branded "prostitute". As a portion of cover, the malevolent Sheriff runs a broadly defined farm that actually qualifies as a labor camp from which to subject luckless youths to intensive brutality. After failed attempts to appease the Sheriff's fury, James Garner elects to take matters into his own hands, commandeering a personally owned Sherman Tank in which to spring his son, and demolish a few of the corrupt police department's facilities along the way.

Perhaps another reason I enjoyed this movie is the presence of the highly versatile score by the incomparable Lalo Schifrin, who employs every compositional style in the book from Jazz to traditional military marches and a highly catchy disco tune. Unfortunately, the latter becomes a subject of unwarranted contempt from the Sergeant major's redneck upbringing, as he encourages local bars to refit their repertroire to stay any unwanted coersions to "dance the funky monkey".

Overall, the film offers a highly sympathetic premise, that eerily enough seems completely plausible in today's terms, given the prevalence of small towns, isolated from the civilized world and thus prone to erect their own dictatorial policies, no matter how severe.


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