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The Desert Rats

  • Drama
  • 1953
  • Robert Wise
  • 84 mins
  • U

Summary

A Scottish army officer is placed in command of a unit of Australian troops given the task of defending Tobruk against overwhelming German forces, led by the renowned general Rommel. Second World War adventure, starring Richard Burton, Robert Newton and James Mason, reprising his role as Rommel from The Desert Fox.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A rather aloof desert-stormer, meant as a follow-up to The Desert Fox, and again boasting James Mason as Field Marshal Rommel, this time ordering the Battle of Tobruk against Allied forces that include Richard Burton commanding Aussie troops. Burton has his own problems with his cowardly old schoolteacher turned volunteer Robert Newton, but still manages to bring down Rommel's forces. The German maestro should have known better; in Allied flag-wavers like this, he never stood a chance.

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Credits

Cast

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Captain MacRobertsRichard Burton
BartlettRobert Newton
GeneralRobert Douglas
BarneyTorin Thatcher
SmithChips Rafferty
Lieutenant CarstairsCharles Tingwell
RommelJames Mason
PeteCharles Davis (1)
MickBen Wright (1)
CommunicationsJames Lilburn
RileyJohn O'Malley
HughRay Harden

Crew

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DirectorRobert Wise

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Language
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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