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Tank [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

James Garner , Shirley Jones , Marvin J. Chomsky    DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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  • Actors: James Garner, Shirley Jones, C. Thomas Howell, Mark Herrier, Sandy Ward
  • Directors: Marvin J. Chomsky
  • Writers: Dan Gordon
  • Producers: Irwin Yablans, Richard McWhorter
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Dec 2004
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0003JAOCC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,456 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


This enjoyable nonsense stars James Garner as a career military man (and private owner of a Sherman tank) who ends up on the wrong side of a redneck sheriff (G.D. Spradlin) by interfering in a bullying deputy's treatment of a prostitute. The corrupt lawman gets his revenge by arresting Garner's teenage son (C. Thomas Howell) on a phony drug charge and locking him away on a brutal prison farm. After taking some lumps there, the poor kid's dad decides to haul out his prized tank and do a little rearranging of the terrain. While the plot sounds like some antiauthority potboiler from the early '70s and the characters are all stick figures, Garner's golden warmth gives this movie some nice dimension. Directed by Marvin J. Chomsky (Victory at Entebbe). --Tom KeoghJames Garner, Shirley Jones. After his son is thrown in jail on wrongful charges, a tough-as-nails Army sergeant takes on his small Southern town's sheriff using his secret weapon-a large military tank. 1984/color/114 min/PG/fullscreen.

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Once again James garner excelled himself in the role . Very good supporting cast . I felt sorry for the TANK . He was the only one to get shot in the BUTT !!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Never hack off a Sgt. Maj., especially one with his own tank 18 May 2005
By John A Lee III - Published on
This film will never be remembered as great cinematic art. It will never ever be remembered as great comedy. As drama, it is fairly hokey. That doesn't matter, though. It is fun.

The story is of a Sergeant Major who accepts his last post outside a small southern town. This SGM, however has his own Sherman tank that he and his son restored. The problem is that the town and the entire county is run by a corrupt sherrif who is into liquor, prostitution and bribery. The SGM makes the mistake of hacking of this sherrif so the sherrif arrests the son on a bogus drug charge and sends him to a hellhole of a prison camp. It seems that nothing the SGM can do will help his son so he takes matters into his own hands, fires up the tank and rides to the rescue. From there, is is a chase to the state line.

Most of the elements of this movie are extremely predictable. Stereotypes abound. You almost know what is going to happen before it happens. That does not detract too much from the fun of seeing it happen, though. Some of the antics are so patently absurd as to be unworkable but they work in this movie, whether or not they would ever work in the real world. Its just silly fun.

James Garner is extremely likable as the sarge. This is by no means his greatest work but it looks like it was fun to make. Shirley Jones plays his wife and C. Thomas Howell is the wronged kid. So too are their performances less that stellar but they get the job done.

The good guys win. So does the viewer. Don't expect high art, just the fairly frequent laugh.
26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tank 9 Jan 2005
By Joseph K. Bagdonas - Published on
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I really enjoy the 'movie'. I have had it on VHS for years, waiting for it to come out on DVD, to replace the VHS copy I have. However if you previously purchased the first release from Goodtimes Home Video, DON'T waste your money on this 'so-called' newer release.

Other than the picture on the box, this 'newer' release from Universal is no different than the original release of this title from Goodtimes Home Video!

The Product Details 'fails' to mention that this Universal release in the Full Frame Format, just like the version from Goodtimes Home Video. It also 'fails' to state that the Universal release is in 'Mono' just as the release from Goodtimes Home Video. So what's the difference? Both are Full Frame, both are in Mono, which the Product Description fails to mention. The only difference is the picture on the box!

In one of the reviews I read, it stated, "This movie was previously avalable from Goodtimes Home Video in Full Screen Format. As this release is from Universal Studios we can only hope it will be released in it's Original Aspect Ratio."

Well it wasn't! And again, the Product description failed to state this! Also the new release from Universal, just as the release from Goodtimes Home Video, didn't add any additional menu features included on the DVD. So again, what is the difference? They are the same exact DVD, packaged in two different boxes, with the exception that the Goodtimes release is in the 'snap' type box and the Universal is in the 'clamshell' type box.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TANK! 8 Mar 2007
By C. Castle - Published on
The last time I saw this movie, I was a kid. One day, I saw it on TV, and decided I wanted to have it on DVD. Amazon had it. I love this movie! Cheezy 80's aside, you gotta love the Sherman tank opening up a can of whoop on them good ol boys! A perfect additon to your war movie/80's movie collection!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Slight Exaggeration of a Situation That Could Be Realistic 21 Aug 2001
By Deborah Earle - Published on
I was raised in an Air Force family and I find that there is a certain realism to this movie and the way people in military families are often treated by the people of the country they represent. James Garner, Shirley Jones, and C.Thomas Howell portray an Army family whose older son and brother has already given his life in the service of his country. After a minor incident in a local bar, the Sherriff of a corrupt town frames Garner's son for possession of marijuana and has him incarcerated on a work farm in which many of the boys who are held mysteriously disappear. Garner combats the situation using the Sherman tank that he owns, taking Jenilee Harrison,whom the Sherriff had forced into prostitution, along for the ride. In the adventure that ensues, a viewer should receive two major lessons: Never get a military father upset, and never mess with a kid who cut his or her teeth on combat boots.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars James Garner delivers a typically excellent performance 21 Nov 1998
By A Customer - Published on
James Garner's usual excellent performance makes the difference in this otherwise predictable movie. One of the all-time great movie lines: "I do believe I've got you covered." Definitely worth watching once; teenagers will watch this one again and again.
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