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Destination Gobi [DVD] (1953)

Richard Widmark , Don Taylor , Robert Wise    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Richard Widmark, Don Taylor, Max Showalter, Darryl Hickman, Martin Milner
  • Directors: Robert Wise
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Simply Media
  • DVD Release Date: 12 May 2014
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JDD064K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,959 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The four-time Oscar winning director Robert Wise is best known for The Sound of Music. Here, he turns his attention to World War II.

Richard Widmark accompanies a group of US military meteorologists, sent to Inner Mongolia during World War II, serving as a weather station monitoring conditions for the Navy. When their commanding officer is killed during a Japanese attack, Chief Petty Officer Sam McHale (Widmark) takes the reins and leads the men on an 800-mile trek in the intense arid Gobi Desert to safety. When their convoy comes under attack from the Japanese, they are forced to seek the help of a group of Mongol tribesmen.

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Engaging and engrossing entertainment --New York Times


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mum Says to Tell the Truth! 2 Jun 2014
By Bob Salter TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
One of the strangest tales of World War Two it might be, but that does not necessarily mean it will translate into a riveting film. This one is like watching paint dry! It reminded me of the more recent "The Way Back", where they walked and walked and then umm....they walked some more. The stars of this film had to do a bit of that in the Gobi! There is little action as these guys are meteorologists and not fighting men, so excitement is very thin on the ground! Richard Widmark is criminally wasted, as is that fine Mexican actor Rodolfo Acosta as a Mongol tribesman. Robert Wise made a lot of very decent films, but this is not one of them. It is easy to see why people may be `flattered to deceive' by the impressive American desert scenery, but this cannot disguise the shortcomings of a story which never really takes off. By the end of the film I found it hard to care what happened to the characters. We all have different tastes thank goodness. This one just wasn't to my taste! I hate giving such negative reviews because I know it will be someones cherished film and they will get uptight reading this, but what's a fellah supposed to do? My mum told me to always tell the truth! Boy has that got me into some scrapes!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining movie. 13 Mar 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This movie is allegedly based on an entry in U.S. Navy records, that refers to a consignment of saddles for the Navy. Richard Widmark (always a bit under-rated in my opinion), plays a navy officer who is detached to a meteorology team in the Gobi desert, who are collecting weather data for the Navy. A wandering tribe of Mongol's and their horses, come in one night and also set up camp. When radio reports are received about possible Japanese cavalry patrols, Widmark puts in a request for sixty saddles for the Mongol's horses, in return for their help in defending the camp. I won't give too much of the plot away, but when contact with base is lost, Widmark decides to lead his men across the Gobi desert to the sea. How much of this yarn is based on true events, is questionable, and some aspects of the storyline stretch credibility, but this really misses the point. This is best seen as an entertaining blend of war movie and adventure movie that is slightly different from the norm. The storyline and characters blend well together, and it's beautifully filmed, using some gorgeous, atmospheric, Arizona locations as a substitute for the real Gobi, made more enjoyable by a fine DVD transfer. Tightly plotted and skilfully directed by acclaimed director Robert Wise, who gives this film some qualities that it may not have had with a lesser director. Maybe not a great movie, but not dross either.

This Spanis import, plays with the original English sound track without subtitles (only Spanish subtitles are supported and no English). To play in English, most DVD players have buttons that allow you to toggle between the languages and subtitles, but if not You will have to go into configuration from the main menu and select the audio and subtitle options.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mongols, Meterorologist and McHale. 25 Nov 2010
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Destination Gobi is directed by Robert Wise and written by Everett Freeman. It stars Richard Widmark, Don Taylor, Casey Adams & Murvyn Vye.

"In the Navy records in Washington, there is an obscure entry reading 'Saddles for Gobi.' This film is based on the story behind that entry--one of the strangest stories of World War II."

An odd story makes for an oddly entertaining yarn as Widmark and co troop across the Gobi Desert after a Japanese air attack on their weather station base. Other problems exist too, as the Mongol tribe they have befriended may not actually be friends. Poor Widmark, he's a Navy man out in the desert and the motley crew under his command are getting rather restless.

Amazingly based on a true incident, tho we can safely assume there's much poetic license used by the makers, Destination Gobi has a nice blend of action, drama, adventure and comedy. The cast work well as a unit and run with the oddity of the plot, while Wise directs with customary assuredness. It's not one you would sit thru too often once viewed for the first time, but while it's on it's never less than engaging . 6.5/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly watchable! 9 May 2014
Format:DVD
Reminiscent in style to a number of American films of the 1950s, which attempted to find some new slant on World War II , which would be a combination of entertainment and adventure, satisfy an undemanding audience, and show the US in a good light, the unlikely plot for this low budget ‘B’ movie involves a group of navy weathermen being transplanted into Mongolia to provide weather information, and once they are discovered by the Japanese, having to find their way to safety by crossing the desert wastelands aided by a tribe of Mongols who have given their qualified support in return for an airdrop of US Cavalry leather saddles, allowing them to become the ‘1st Mongolian Cavalry’. You couldn’t really make this up. Cue for stirring music, and lots of adventures on land, and eventually back at sea, which at least finally stops Petty Officer Widmark from banging on about how much he has been missing it.

In lesser hands this might have been a complete dud, but Robert Wise was at the helm, and in his safe and capable hands it becomes surprisingly watchable, both in terms of the plot and the scenic backdrop (Nevada standing in for Mongolia in Wise’s first colour film), and Piute indians for the Mongols. Dating the film however, is the dialogue given to Murvyn Vye as the Mongol Chief. His command of English is surprisingly good for someone from such a remote part of the world, but it is very much of the “Me chief” variety, which was how Hollywood of this era condescendingly treated all native peoples.

Watch out for appearances by Earl Holliman, Martin Milner (Route 66 and numerous other TV credits), and Ford stock company stalwart, Willis Bouchey.
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