The Desert Rats Reviews

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Super Reviewer
February 3, 2009
Sequel to The Desert Fox, based on the true-life exploits of Australian infantrymen in the North African campaign of WWII. James Mason is again Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, this time matching wits with Richard Burton during the legendary siege of Tobruk. A solid combat-action film typical of the genre throughout the 1950s and early 1960s.
Super Reviewer
½ November 11, 2008
A semi-sequel to The Desert Fox, The Desert Rats sees James Mason reprise his role as Field Marshal Rommel who meets his match in the form of British field officer Richard Burton during the siege of Tobruk. Mason and Burton are two of the greats of British acting and it's well worth seeing this film just to see them together, although the scene in which they meet is all too brief. In fact I'd like to have seen a lot more of Rommel who although is not as revered as in the previous film (for this one, he is the enemy after all) but is still shown as a figure to be respected. As a whole it's a rather old fashioned tale of boy's own derring-do rather than a gritty anti-war story, and if taken as such is very enjoyable. The old story of a grudging company of men learning to respect their new commander is hardly an original one but it's an exciting tale of wartime bravery shot in atmospheric black and white.
Super Reviewer
½ November 3, 2007
Excellent Richard Burton war movie.
½ October 11, 2006
A good WWII movie done almost 10 years after the war when people could step back a bit and be more objective about WWII and the major players.
May 15, 2012
The Desert Rats is an enjoyable film. It is about a Scottish Army officer put in charge of a disparate band of ANZAC troops on the perimeter of Tobruk with the German Army doing their best to dislodge them. Richard Burton and James Mason give excellent performances. The script is well written. Robert Wise did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama and action. The Desert Rats is a must see.
June 15, 2011
Another epic war movie. They knock a plane down with a tank gun shell.
July 24, 2004
½ May 24, 2007
Solid and exciting World War II story about the amazing British soldiers at Tobruk, in North Africa. Great cast includes Richard Burton and James Mason. Believably done, excellent pace and always is interesting. Oscar nominated for it's fine writing.
½ April 1, 2005
Such a bland war movie that isn't worth even talking about. Forgettable and should lost forever.
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