Raid on Rommel

Raid on Rommel

Henry Hathaway (1971)

15 Certificate
Tuesday 3:25pm - 5:30pm TCM Movies


Our Score
Unfortunately for Richard Burton, the next war film he starred in after the terrific action adventure Where Eagles Dare fell far short of his undoubted talents. However, it says a lot for the charismatic star that he was able to plumb the depths in this dreary Second World War movie about a British officer releasing prisoners to attack Tobruk, without doing any apparent damage to his career. Even the usually dependable Henry Hathaway (who directed John Wayne to an Oscar in the original True Grit) falters in this flawed effort that was originally meant for TV. If the action sequences look familiar, that's because they've been cannibalised from 1966 flick Tobruk.


A British officer is assigned to lead an attack on a German artillery emplacement in Tobruk. However, he finds the only men available to him are prisoners, pacifist medics and the walking wounded, who he must somehow turn into a crack commando unit. Second World War adventure, starring Richard Burton, John Colicos, Clinton Greyn and Danielle De Metz.

Cast & Crew

Capt Alex Foster Richard Burton
Sgt Maj Allan MacKenzie John Colicos
Maj Hugh Tarkington Clinton Greyn
Vivianne Gagliardo Danielle De Metz
Gen Erwin Rommel Wolfgang Preiss
Hauptmann Heinz Schroeder Karl-Otto Alberty
Cpl Peter Merrihew Christopher Cary
Dan Garth John Orchard
Director Henry Hathaway
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdGuidance: Violence, edited for language.Available on: video and DVD