The Desert Rats Poster

Release Date: 1953

DVD Release Date: May 21st, 2002

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 28 min

Plot Summary
In North Africa, German Field Marshal Rommel (James Mason) and his troops have successfully fended off British forces, and now intend to take Tobruk, an important port city. A ramshackle group of Australian reinforcements sent to combat the Germans is put under the command of British Captain MacRoberts (Richard Burton). The unruly Aussies immediately clash with MacRoberts, a gruff, strict disciplinarian, however this unorthodox team must band together to protect Tobruk from the German forces.

Cast: Richard Burton, James Mason, Robert Newton, Robert Douglas, Torin Thatcher, Chips Rafferty, Charles Davis, Ben Wright

Director: Robert Wise

Genres: War

Production Co: Twentieth Century Fox

Keywords: Rousing, Quest, Underdog, Gritty, 1940s


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