The Desert Fox 1951

The Desert Fox

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Field Marshal Erwin Rommel (James Mason) leads the German troops against the Allied forces in World War II. Rommel's virtuosity on the battlefield makes him a national hero and earns the begrudging respect of his foes, but his tactics also infuriate Adolf Hitler. Rommel's close friend Dr. Strölin (Cedric Hardwicke) asks him to take part in a plan to assassinate the Führer; when Hitler learns of Rommel's involvement in the scheme, the field marshal is given a chilling ultimatum.

Cast & Crew

James Mason
Field Marshal Erwin Johannes Rommel
Cedric Hardwicke
Dr. Karl Strolin
Jessica Tandy
Frau Lucie Marie Rommel
Luther Adler
Adolf Hitler
Everett Sloane
Gen. Wilhelm Burgdorf
Leo G. Carroll
Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt
George Macready
Gen. Fritz Bayerlein
Richard Boone
Capt. Hermann Aldinger
Eduard Franz
Col. Klaus von Stauffenberg
Norbert Brodine
Cinematographer
Lyle R. Wheeler
Art Director
Thomas Little
Set Decoration
Stuart A. Reiss
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Critic Reviews for The Desert Fox

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Audience Reviews for The Desert Fox

  • Apr 20, 2010
    The first of two appearances by James Mason in one of his defining roles as Erwin Rommel, telling the story of his life from hero of the third reich through to his eventual disillusionment with Hitler and involvement in the plot on his life. No doubt inspired by Churchill's wartime tribute to the man, The Desert Fox is an acknowledgement of the skill and integrity of one of the world's greatest military tacticians which takes great pains to distance him from Hitler and the Nazi party. It is a typically romantic British attempt to be graceful in victory and is clearly meant as an attempt at reconciliation with Germany and its people; the story vehemently shows that Rommel and many of his colleagues were merely professional soldiers doing their duty to their country, unwillingly following the orders of a maniacal tyrant whom they had to obey under pain of death. It is basically de-dehumanizing an enemy that wartime propaganda had spent the previous years rallying the British public against. Mason is superb in the leading role, and every scene that features the exchanges between he and an excellent supporting cast paint a believable and respectful portrait of the man. Unfortunately the pacing stutters as it constantly feels the need to show the gallant allied forces through actual documentary footage and Michael Rennie's voice over makes this biopic feel like a dry inventory of the events of his life, but it's a fascinating story and worth it for Mason's performance alone.
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  • May 04, 2008
    James Mason is fine as always and Jessica Tandy is stalwart as his wife but the picture itself is rather uninvolving.
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  • Nov 05, 2006
    This is a movie based on the true life of Nazi General Erwin Rommel.A very solid movie that shows Rommel from his time fighting in Africa up to his death in Germany. Actor James Mason was very good in his role as Rommel. The film received harsh criticism both during pre-production and upon the theatrical release of the film for its sympathetic portrayal of Nazi German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel. I am not sure how accurate the events are to the history books but I enjoyed it. Well worth a watch for those who enjoy films about WWII.
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