The Desert Rats

The Desert Rats
The Desert Rats
  • NR
  • 1h 28m
  • 1953
Fresh80%
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Richard Burton stars in this exciting story of the stubborn, courageous men who held Rommel at bay in North Africa despite hopelessly outnumbered. The year is 1941, and Rommel has the British in full retreat. All that stands between him and the Suez Canal is the fortress of Tobruk, manned by a small army of Australian troops who are ordered to hold this vital position at any cost. Many of the men are green recruits, and it falls to Capt. MacRoberts (Burton) to whip them into shape. A bold tactician who realizes they will soon be overwhelmed if they do not take the offensive, MacRoberts leads countless daredevil raids that keep the superior enemy off-balance and earn his men the famous nickname they "won with blood and bore with pride." Directed by Robert Wise and co-starring James Mason in a reprise performance as Field Marshall Rommel (whom he first played in "The Desert Fox"), this stirring blend of action and history pays tribute to the heroic men known in the annals of war as The Desert Rats.

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Reviews
EmanuelLevy.Com
Emanuel Levy
Fresh

June 21, 2017
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Dennis Schwartz
Fresh

Looks just like many other war films that salute the glories of war.

June 21, 2017
One Guy's Opinion
Frank Swietek
Fresh

June 20, 2017
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Carol Cling
Fresh

June 17, 2017
Apollo Guide
Kevin N. Laforest
Rotten

Doesn't fare very well as a work of cinema, but if you take it as a fictionalised History channel...

June 17, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action
  • Release Date:May 6, 1953
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
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