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Raid on Rommel (1971)

GP | | Drama, War | 12 February 1971 (USA)
In 1942 Libya, a German-speaking British Intelligence officer uses former British POWs, some dressed in German uniforms, to fulfill a secret sabotage mission inside German-captured Tobruk.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writer:

Richard M. Bluel (as Richard Bluel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Burton ... Foster
John Colicos ... MacKenzie
Clinton Greyn Clinton Greyn ... Major Tarkington
Wolfgang Preiss ... Rommel
Danielle De Metz ... Vivi (as Danielle de Metz)
Karl-Otto Alberty ... Schroeder (as Karl Otto Alberty)
Christopher Cary ... Conscientious Objector
John Orchard ... Garth
Brook Williams ... Reilly
Greg Mullavey ... Brown
Ben Wright ... Admiral
Michael Sevareid Michael Sevareid ... Wembley
Chris Anders Chris Anders ... Tank Sergeant
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Captain Foster plans on raiding German-occupied Tobruk with hand-picked commandos, but a mix-up leaves him with a medical unit containing a Quaker conscientious objector. Despite all odds they succeed with their mission. On the way they pick up and drug the mistress of an Italian general, blow up the entire fuel supply for the Afrika Korps, and swap philatelic gossip with Field Marshal Erwin Rommel. Written by Col_Hessler

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He took on Rommel... the Sahara... and a unit of untrained men to blow the Desert Fox to hell...

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Drama | War

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USA

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English | German | Italian

Release Date:

12 February 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Raid on Rommel See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Robert Stack was initially cast as Capt. Foster. See more »

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Burton is loading and firing a mortar and in one instance he loads the mortar and it doesn't fire and he loads it again. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Hugh Tarkington: What about the girl?
Capt. Alex Foster: She stays with us. She has to stay with us. She's an integral part of the convoy, on the official bill of lading. She's yours, doctor, all yours.
Maj. Hugh Tarkington: Mine?
Capt. Alex Foster: I don't care whether you pay her off in lollipops or cut out her tongue with a dull knife. She's your responsibility.
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The Shakespearean Action Hero
4 April 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Looking at the criticisms of poor Richard Burton for taking a role in Raid on Rommel makes me want to put a word in for him. Acting was a craft as well as an art to him, it's how he made his living. I'm sure he got a good pay day out of Raid on Rommel. I think he also wanted to try the action genre as well. He made a much better choice with Where Eagles Dare though.

It's a poorly conceived story from start to finish. Someone in Allied Headquarters in London had the brilliant idea of freeing a bunch of captive commandos in North Africa and send them on a mission to Tobruk to spike some harbor guns. Same idea as in Guns of Navarone. So Burton gets the job.

But upon executing the escape he discovers he has freed a bunch of medical personnel and hardly enough commandos. Never mind he uses what he has.

His mission is to blow up those guns, but on discovering a fuel depot for Rommel he makes a little side trip to blow it up. Hello, but I think he was compromising the mission he was sent on. Wouldn't it have made a lot more sense to do the job you're assigned to and then when you got out you tell headquarters and they do another mission? That makes more sense to me.

The fuel depot sequences and the finale with the guns at Tobruk harbor are taken from the Rock Hudson film a few years earlier. Burton gives a rather pedestrian performance as does the rest of the cast.

By the way as if our heroes didn't have enough on their hands they're also transporting the mistress of an Italian general. That man wasn't going to sacrifice any of the comforts of the homefront. They keep her all doped up and at one point, one of the commandos decides to sacrifice for king and country and give his all for the mission.

Just who was the dope who thought her up?


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