The Desert Rats (1953)
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as Capt. 'Tammy' MacRoberts
as Tom Bartlett
as Field Marshal Erwin von Rommel
as Lt. Carstairs
as Capt. Currie
as Maj. O'Rourke
as Sgt. Donaldson
as German Doctor
as Von Helmholtz
as Fire Officer
Critic Reviews for The Desert Rats
Doesn't fare very well as a work of cinema, but if you take it as a fictionalised History channel documentary, you might find it compelling.
Audience Reviews for The Desert Rats
"Come on...you desert rats!" A soldier that no one wanted as a leader that soon gain respect from many men. What a grand performance from Richard Burton, one of the greatest actors that had ever lived in Hollywood history. He had shown great leadership in this film from beginning to end. There were a few flaws in today's standard of acting; such as the dramatic deaths and knowing when killing a man he does not make such much noise, but the story itself helped this film move along. A war story that can not truly be missed!
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.
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.
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