Arthur Hiller (1966)

12 Certificate


Our Score
For reasons best known only to the executives at Universal, the studio decided to make a batch of war movies in the late 1960s, probably to use up the contracts of its stars. This one finds Rock Hudson in a decidedly Hollywood backlot North Africa (filmed in that cheapest of all processes, Techniscope), surrounded by assorted British war-film veterans (including Norman Rossington and Percy Herbert) having a go at blowing up Rommel's fuel lines. While director Arthur Hiller - on his way to Love Story and Plaza Suite - makes it heavy going, it's just about watchable thanks to the interesting screenplay by actor Leo V Gordon (who also appears in the film). The action scenes were used again in the Richard Burton action adventure Raid on Rommel, in which you can easily identify many of the actors from Tobruk.


Jewish resistance fighters out to destroy Nazi fuel bunkers during the North African campaign recruit a Canadian major experienced in desert warfare. Risking life and limb, they pose as a German transport detail escorting British prisoners, but it becomes clear that someone in their group is a traitor. Second World War adventure, starring George Peppard, Rock Hudson, Nigel Green and Guy Stockwell.

Cast & Crew

Maj Donald Craig Rock Hudson
Capt Kurt Bergman George Peppard
Col John Harker Nigel Green
Lt Max Mohnfeld Guy Stockwell
Sgt Maj Tyne Jack Watson
Alfie Norman Rossington
Dolan Percy Herbert
Henry Portman Liam Redmond
Director Arthur Hiller
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Some violenceAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray