Set in the Libyan Desert in WW2 a battalion of Czech soldiers face the siege of Tobruk.

Director:

Václav Marhoul

Writers:

Václav Marhoul (screenplay), Stephen Crane (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Meduna ... Private Jiri Pospíchal
Petr Vanek ... Private Jan Lieberman
Robert Nebrenský Robert Nebrenský ... Corporal Kohák
Michal Novotný ... Private Ruzicka
Martin Nahálka Martin Nahálka ... Sergeant Borný
Matús Krátky Matús Krátky ... Private Janický
Krystof Rímský Krystof Rímský ... Private Kutina
Petr Lnenicka Petr Lnenicka ... Private Sajda
Andrej Polák ... Private Dunda
Petr Stach ... Private Dubálek
Radim Fiala ... Lieutenant Halík
Matej Hádek ... Redhead
Karel Klinovsky Karel Klinovsky ... Battalion Commander
Petr Halberstadt Petr Halberstadt ... Battalion Doctor
Petr Vrsek ... Battalion Chaplain
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Storyline

It is the story of Jiri and Jan, two Czech soldiers, battling alongside the allied forces against the Germans, during World War II in Tobruk, Libya. Jiri Pospichal, eighteen years old, signs up as a volunteer in the Czechoslovak army. His naive ideas about heroism are rawly confronted with the hell of the African desert, complicated relationships in his unit and the ubiquitous threat of death. Written by AnonymousB

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History | War

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Clips from this film are used in 'Desert War', a two-part television documentary, broadcast on ABC television in Australia in April/May 2013. See more »

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Referenced in Vsechnopárty: Episode dated 13 September 2019 (2019) See more »

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Rookie got his gun.
3 February 2011 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

There was a FRench movie called "Un Taxi Pour Tobruk" in the early sixties but it has nothing (or almost nothing to do with "Tobruk" except for the historical context).Based on a true story ,it deals with the plight of young Czech volunteers who were sent to war without any training.This is a situation which is still happening today when even children become recruits.This is a realistic depiction ,not very story like ,sometimes close to documentary ,depicting the sufferings and the small joys (the mail is one of their one pleasures but some of them do not receive any letters ).Even the cliché,as old as the hills ,of the sarge with a heart of stone,is avoided.Not exactly an entertaining movie ,but an honest one ,which shows war for what it is : young men dying when their life has barely begun.


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Language:

Czech | Slovak | Portuguese

Release Date:

4 September 2008 (Slovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

Tobruk See more »

Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic See more »

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Budget:

CZK80,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$583,874
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Runtime:

(original) | (Pantalla Pinamar Festival)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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