Destination Gobi

Overview

An offbeat blend of World War II drama and "Arabian Nights" escapism, Destination Gobi is all the more odd in that it is allegedly based on fact. Richard Widmark heads a group of US Navy men, sent to Mongolia for weather observation. Widmark must lead his men across the treacherous Gobi desert to the freedom of the seacoast. Rescued from the Japanese by a Mongolian chief Murvyn Vye, the men are compelled to repay their rescuer by securing enough saddles for his sixty horses. A flummoxed Pentagon okays the ...
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Overview

An offbeat blend of World War II drama and "Arabian Nights" escapism, Destination Gobi is all the more odd in that it is allegedly based on fact. Richard Widmark heads a group of US Navy men, sent to Mongolia for weather observation. Widmark must lead his men across the treacherous Gobi desert to the freedom of the seacoast. Rescued from the Japanese by a Mongolian chief Murvyn Vye, the men are compelled to repay their rescuer by securing enough saddles for his sixty horses. A flummoxed Pentagon okays the requisition, and the chieftain leads Widmark's band to Okinawa. Destination Gobi makes good use of the Arizona desert, which "stands in" for Gobi.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A fine, entertaining and unusually set World War II yarn, with at least some small basis in fact, Destination Gobi is a nifty little way to pass a couple of hours. Excitement and chuckles are the order of the day; even though there's a real sense of menace in the characters' situation, Gobi is here to keep audience spirits up and does so admirably. Credit for the film's success should be spread wide. Certainly Everett Freeman deserves credit for crafting a screenplay that is pleasingly structured and tells a good tale, and even more credit for peppering it with plenty of semi-salty language. Freeman exhibits a real flair for rejoinders, especially the kind that enlisted men make under their breath when their superiors can't hear them (or so they hope). Richard Widmark gives a sterling performance as the leader of the pack, a man forced to take control in a situation he doesn't particularly like and who does so admirably. And Robert Wise has directed very skillfully, filling the screen with desert vistas and howling winds, but never letting the characters get lost in all the sand.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/1/2012
  • UPC: 024543827320
  • Original Release: 1953
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Mod
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 21,382

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Widmark C.P.O. Sam McHale
Don Taylor Jenkins
Casey Adams Walter Landers
Murvyn Vye Kengtu
Darryl Hickman Wilbur Cohen
Martin Milner Elwood Halsey
Ross Bagdasarian Sr. Paul Sabatello
Rodopho (Rudy) Acosta Tomec
Russell Collins Cmdr. Wyatt
Leonard Strong Wali Akham
Earl Holliman Frank Svenson
Edgar Barrier Yin Tang
Alvy Moore Aide
Stuart Randall Capt. Briggs
William Forrest Skipper
Bert Moorhouse Naval Captain
Jack Raine Admiral
Judy Dan
Technical Credits
Robert Wise Director
Charles G. Clarke Cinematographer
Lewis H. Creber Art Director
Everett Freeman Screenwriter
Robert Fritch Editor
Sol Kaplan Score Composer
Alfred Newman Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Stanley Crea Rubin Producer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
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