Tobruk

Tobruk

Director: Arthur Hiller, Rock Hudson, George Peppard, Nigel Green

Cast: Arthur Hiller, Rock Hudson, George Peppard, Nigel Green

     
 

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Arthur Hiller directed this exciting World War II drama starring Rock Hudson as Major Donald Craig of the British North African Army. In 1942, Craig is captured by the Vichy French, rescued by Palestinian Jews, and taken to the headquarters of Col. John Harker (Nigel Green). Harker explains that since Craig is an expert on the desert, he has been recruited to mount a

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Arthur Hiller directed this exciting World War II drama starring Rock Hudson as Major Donald Craig of the British North African Army. In 1942, Craig is captured by the Vichy French, rescued by Palestinian Jews, and taken to the headquarters of Col. John Harker (Nigel Green). Harker explains that since Craig is an expert on the desert, he has been recruited to mount a suicidal raid upon the fuel bunkers at Rommel's key source of supplies at Tobruk. In order to get to Tobruk, a band of Palestinian Jews, commanded by Captain Kurt Bergman (George Peppard), will pose as German soldiers escorting a group of British prisoners. Making their way across the Libyan desert, the band endures a series of close calls until two Nazis spies are captured. When the spies suddenly escape, Harker and Craig realize someone in their group is a traitor. But by this point they have reached their destination and have to table the problem of the traitor as they battle the Germans around the fuel depot at Tobruk.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Tobruk is about an exciting, based-on-real-life incident, a stealth suicide mission against the forces of the Nazi Desert Fox himself, Rommel. There's plenty of ingredients here for a suspenseful, emotional, gripping, character-driven war story. And indeed, the final 20 minutes or so of Tobruk is grand, a beautifully directed, cinematically vivid account of the attack itself. Director Arthur Hiller is in top form here, executing the sequence with an aplomb and mastery that is thrilling. It's a great finale, and it only makes one wonder why some shred of that excitement couldn't have found its way into the rest of the picture. That's not to say that there isn't anything of interest to be found before this. Rock Hudson does a credible job as the hero of the film, and George Peppard is very convincing as the Palestinian leader. Nigel Green also has more than a few moments along the way. But Leo V. Gordon's screenplay never gives them enough to play. It's poorly constructed, with dialogue that is too often feeble though it tries hard to be muscular. And although things happen in it, it just can't seem to get started until its climax. As said, that climax is a huge plus -- put it's not enough to save the whole movie.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2014
UPC:
0025192097867
Original Release:
1966
Source:
Universal Mod
Time:
1:50:00
Sales rank:
12,186

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Performance Credits
Rock Hudson Maj. Donald Craig
George Peppard Capt. Kurt Bergman
Nigel Green Col. John Harker
Guy Stockwell Lt. Max Mohnfeld
Jack Watson Sgt. Maj. Tyne
Norman Rossington Alfie
Percy Herbert Dolan
Liam Redmond Henry Portman
Heidy Hunt Cheryl Portman
Leo Gordon Sgt. Krug
Robert Wolders Corporal Bruckner
Anthony Ashdown Lt. Boyden
Curt Lowens German Colonel
Henry Rico Cattani Cpl. Stuhler
Peter Coe Tuareg Chieftain
Lawrence Montaigne Italian Officer
Robert Hoy British Corporal
Phil Adams S.I.G. Bocker
Ron Rondell S.I.G. Schell
Joseph Sargent Actor

Technical Credits
Arthur Hiller Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Henry Bumstead Art Director
Gene Corman Producer
John Daheim Stunts
Oliver Emert Set Decoration/Design
Leo V. Gordon Screenwriter
Russell Harlan Cinematographer
Robert Jones Editor
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
John McCarthy Set Decoration/Design
Nelson Tyler Cinematographer
Bud Westmore Makeup

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