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Tobruk (1967)

Approved | | Drama, War | 10 March 1967 (West Germany)
A Canadian POW major is rescued by a special British military unit made up of Germans to help lead an attack on a major Nazi fuel depot in Tobruk, Libya.

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writer:

Leo Gordon (as Leo V. Gordon)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... Maj. Donald Craig
George Peppard ... Capt. Bergman
Nigel Green ... Col. Harker
Guy Stockwell ... Lt. Mohnfeld
Jack Watson ... Sgt. Maj. Tyne
Percy Herbert ... Dolan
Norman Rossington ... Alfie Braithwaite
Liam Redmond ... Henry Portman
Heidy Hunt Heidy Hunt ... Cheryl Portman
Leo Gordon ... Sgt. Krug
Robert Wolders ... Cpl. Bruckner
Anthony Ashdown Anthony Ashdown ... Lt. Boyden
Curt Lowens ... German Colonel
Rico Cattani Rico Cattani ... Cpl. Stuhler (as Henry Rico Cattani)
Peter Coe ... Tuareg Chieftain
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Storyline

September 1942 - With Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps on the march through Egypt, a British special forces unit, composed of German Jews who serve with the British despite the mutual resentment between both, kidnap a Canadian officer who is an expert topographer and who is held prisoner by the Vichy French in Algeria. The officer, Donald Craig, must negotiate a company of British and German-Jewish commandos through 800 miles of the Sahara to aide a pending amphibious landing against Tobruk's massive fuel storage base - a mission that sees one impediment after another, and which discovers an undetected German armored force ready to win the battle of Egypt. Written by Michael Daly <fanstp43@aol.com>

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83 men started the mission! Only 4 survived! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Technical advice and assistance for the film were provided by the 40th Armored Division ("Grizzly") of the California Army National Guard. See more »

Goofs

All tanks featured are from the late 40's to the early 50's. For example the M48 Patton was produced from 1952-1959 and the M41 Walker Bulldog was produced from 1951-1954. See more »

Quotes

Major Craig: We better be moving once the burial party is finished.
Captain Berghman: Why waste the time? A few feet of sand won't make any difference.
Major Craig: You heard the order.
Captain Berghman: That smoke can be seen for miles.
Major Craig: Look Berghman, if you have any complaints take them to the Colonel. Or find yourself a Rabbi.
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Connections

Edited into Raid on Rommel (1971) See more »

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A classic of its subgenre
8 August 2005 | by cmark51See all my reviews

That subgenre being the war movie about a small group of specialist soldiers - "commandos" - who pull off a daring raid, with lots of drama and personality conflicts - these days they're called "special operators." And it's the sort of war picture they sure don't make any more. Pity, in a way. In this screenplay it's the Long Range Desert Group, based on a legendary North Africa force, plus a bunch of German Jews out to confound the Nazis and use their contribution as leverage to achieve nationhood in Palestine -no, Israel!, as George Peppard brusquely corrects Rock Hudson. Which is what gives this movie a very interesting historical dimensions, bringing in as it does, along with Rommel and the Desert War, or course, the meddling of the Grand Mufti, Arab affinities for Nazism, and the struggle for Israel as the Holocaust goes on in Europe. Note the movie was made in '67 - Six-Day War anyone? The premise of the commandos masquerading as Afrika Korps I found a bit much, though. Also much mirth garnered by the use of all-American trucks and tanks (a lot of them post- WWII) for German, Italian, British - I noticed the California National Guard got a big credit at the end. The Grumman Goose was a cute touch, too. At least they got most of the guns right - but the P-40 was good, the right type for the time and place. Also a nice touch to have Rock Hudson play as a Canadian, not an American. And get a load of Dean Stockwell. And there was some pretty good camera work and some clever crane and dolly shots, too. For all its flaws and preposterous elements, and for being a bit of a period piece, it is a most entertaining picture, and lots of stuff blows up.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Italian | Arabic

Release Date:

10 March 1967 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Tobrouk, commando pour l'enfer See more »

Filming Locations:

Yuma, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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