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Desert Patrol (1958)

Sea of Sand (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 8 December 1961 (USA)
Sent to destroy a Nazi petrol dump in the North African desert, a British commando team unexpectedly discovers a large Nazi tank unit, and must inform headquarters in time.

Director:

Guy Green

Writers:

Robert Westerby (screenplay), Sean Fielding (original story)
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Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Attenborough ... Brody
John Gregson ... Capt. Williams
Michael Craig ... Capt. Cotton
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ... Sgt. Nesbitt
Percy Herbert ... White
Barry Foster ... Cpl. Matheson
George Murcell ... Cpl. Simms
Andrew Faulds ... Sgt. Parker
Ray McAnally ... Sgt. Hardy
Harold Goodwin ... Road Watch
Tony Thawnton Tony Thawnton ... Capt. Tom
Wolf Frees ... German Sergeant
George Mikell George Mikell ... German Officer
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Storyline

A small British Army team is sent to destroy a German petrol dump as part of the preparation for a major attack in the North African campaign. While they are there, they spot a large number of tanks and realize that Army intelligence must be informed or some Tommies are going to be in for a nasty surprise. The Germans are equally determined that they should not reach their base, and a tense chase across the desert is the result. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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They fought the kind of war that wasn't in the book...aware that one false move meant instant disaster - and death! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

8 December 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desert Patrol See more »

Filming Locations:

Tripolitania, Libya See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The use of a wide variety of uniforms and cap badges in this movie is accurate, all of the men in the unit volunteered, and all used the uniforms they brought with them from their original units. See more »

Goofs

At least one truck is seen mounting a Bren gun as its main armament, the Bren gun was never issued to the LRDG. See more »

Connections

Featured in Remembering John Gregson (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Greensleeves
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Well worth watching
31 August 2018 | by jonathangardiner-77568See all my reviews

Excellent acting. Tight script. Good cast. Good range of characters. Humour in the face of adversity. Germans speaking German! Plenty of realistic action. Long film but far from boring!


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