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4.0 out of 5 stars Well-crafted men on a mission movie
Tobruk is a superior men-on-a-mission movie with lavish production values and a good set-up even if it has little resemblance to history (there was a Second World War and the Nazis were the bad guys, but that's probably about the only thing you won't need to take with a pinch of salt), with Canuck Rock Hudson sprung from a Vichy French prison ship in Algiers by George...
Published on 28 Nov. 2008 by Trevor Willsmer

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1.0 out of 5 stars I just wanted the English version and it did not ...
I just wanted the English version and it did not make it clear at all that it was with Italian subtitles,so it has gone back!!!!!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-crafted men on a mission movie, 28 Nov. 2008
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tobruk (German DVD) (DVD)
Tobruk is a superior men-on-a-mission movie with lavish production values and a good set-up even if it has little resemblance to history (there was a Second World War and the Nazis were the bad guys, but that's probably about the only thing you won't need to take with a pinch of salt), with Canuck Rock Hudson sprung from a Vichy French prison ship in Algiers by George Peppard's German Jews fighting for the Allies. Seems he's the only one who can guide them on a raid on the German fuel dumps at Tobruk along with a raiding party disguised as Afrika Corps troops transporting British prisoners of war led by Nigel Green's casually anti-Semitic British colonel. Neither the British nor the Jews particularly trust each other because of that nasty business in Palestine, with Hudson pretty much taking the William Holden role from Bridge on the River Kwai here as a reluctant buffer between them while at a remove from their obsessions. Naturally, there's a traitor in their midst and enemy patrols, minefields and their own airplanes to be avoided, with a Nazi-sympathising Irish spy and his daughter thrown in to complicate matters further and add a bit of half-hearted female interest amid all the testosterone.

Obligatory war movie regulars Norman Rossington, Percy Herbert and Jack Watson are present and correct in the ranks (Sam Kydd and Gordon Jackson were presumably busy that month on another war movie) and there's a memorable score by Bronislau Kaper, billed here as Bronislaw Kaper. It's impressively directed by Arthur Hiller with a well-crafted script by Leo V. Gordon (who also appears in the supporting cast as Sergeant Krug) that keeps things moving and throws in the odd good spin on some of the clichés en route to a finale that should please all lovers of very big explosions, while Russell Harlan's Techniscope cinematography looks good in the 2.35:1 widescreen German DVD, which offers an English soundtrack with removeable subtitles and the original theatrical trailer.

Odeon's UK Blu-ray offers a good widescreen transfer that suffers a little in the extreme long shots where the grain field increases - largely because it was shot in the Techniscope format, known as the poor man's CinemaScope, which used only half the frame area on its negative to avoid distortion and save on film stock costs at the expense of some quality - but for the most part is pleasingly detailed with good depth to the image. Extras are limited to a a brief stills gallery (18 images) and a fullframe and less than stellar quality copy of the original trailer, which curiously doesn't credit the director Arthur Hiller but does give prominent billing to composer Bronislau Kaper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's suicide. It's orders!, 4 Dec. 2013
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tobruk (DVD)
Tobruk, just over 100 minutes of machismo and bravado, and of course a little history re-writing. Directed by Arthur Hiler and written by Leo Gordon, who also appears in pic, plot essentially finds an assemblage of British and German-Jewish commandos battling each others beliefs as they battle all and sundry en-route to try and destroy Erwin Rommel's fuel supply. Problems mount up, people do die, and there's a traitor in the midst to keep the mystery spicy.

It's in many ways a classically old fashioned war movie yarn, the clichés not bothersome at all. Production wise the value is mixed, with irritating back lot and back screen projection work off set by Russell Harlan's Technicolor/Techniscope photography around the Almería vistas in Spain. The action scenes are what deliver the best rewards, well except maybe the performance of the wonderfully ebullient Nigel Green and George Peppard's emotionally challenged German-Jew, who both outshine leading man Rock Hudson. In fact some of the action scenes were used again in Richard Burton starrer Raid On Rommel four years later.

Characters and inner conflicts are not fully formed, but the suspense and colourful guts of it all ensures the piece is always good value for the war movie observers. 7/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A perfectly serviceable war flick., 13 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Tobruk [DVD] (DVD)
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This is one of those war films that attempts to rewrite history by having Americans save the day while everybody else looks on (even though there were no Americans involved in the real operation).

To get around this they make Rock Hudson a Canadian. Normally this drives me up the wall and is one of the reasons I detest U-571. However, Tobruk is such a daft boy's own adventure that you really can't take it seriously and so any notion of it being historically accurate is soon abandoned.

I mean, George Peppard, plays a German Jew with an accent that suggests he spent most summers in Michigan. So if we ignore the rewriting of the past what do we find?

Actually a fairly enjoyable action romp that's big on explosions, 60s military adventure and a nice smattering of British B-stars. It's not up there with the likes of Kelley's Heroes but it would make a fair double bill.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cracking war film, 3 April 2003
This review is from: Tobruk [VHS] [1967] (VHS Tape)
To my mind, this is an under-rated should be classic war film. The plot is fairly simple; a group of allied commandos disguised as POWs attempt to infiltrate the German lines in North Africa in an effort to destroy the German fuel bunkers at Tobruk. These fuel reserves are vital to the tanks of the German war machine and the allied command has assembled a crack team of soldiers to pull off the job. The cast features a number of stars; Rock Hudson plays a Canadian Officer with vast experience of desert warfare conditions, Nigel Green plays the Colonel who has put the mission together and George Peppard plays a German Jew working for the British who, along with his fellow jews, take the role of German guards escorting the POWs back to Tobruk. The interaction between these characters is laced with mutual mis-trust which adds an extra edge to the film; especially when a traitor puts the mission at risk. The film features several action-packed battle scenes before reaching its climax at the port of Tobruk. This copy is only let down by poor editing; the original widescreen version featured subtitles for the German dialogue which has been lost in the cutdown picture and one or two scenes (especially the last) loose some of their impact where they have been shortened.
In summary, if you like war films then this is one for you.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favourite war movies., 9 Jun. 2013
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Its one of those movies where you will recognise alot of the faces and not be able to put names to them,ie,Norman Rossington and Percy Herbet,not to mention a few more,like Guy Stockwell who has a very famous acting brother?Also more you will know.For me the pairing of Rossington and Herbert make the film with their light hearted banter,but Nigel Green is always watchable with life cut so short in his prime.Im not going to go into the plot but there are a couple of surprises and especially a sad twist of fate at the end,but this doesnt give any plot away?Crackin film,shame it has to finish.Great transfer to dvd and even if yer not a war film fan,this will grab yer.Rock is,well,just Rock as usual,but is surrounded by great actors.Im thrilled its now available.ENJOY.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action and Suspense in the Desert!, 29 April 2014
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Bob Salter "Captain Spindrift" (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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It you are into historical accuracy then you had better give this one a wide berth. Set during the North African Campaign in World War Two, it is pure escapist boys own adventure stuff, although not quite as extreme as the enjoyable "Where Eagles Dare"(68). We still await the definitive film about the siege of Tobruk! The films plot is very similar to the dire "Raid on Rommel"(71), which may have borrowed from it, as it did some of the battle stock footage. That film was akin to watching a live web cam of a hibernating tortoise, but thankfully this one is much better.

Rock Hudson is a Canadian Major, a good plot device to include a Hollywood star with some American market clout, whose vital knowledge of the Saharan topography and conditions is vital to the success of a daring behind lines raid on the fuel bunkers of Field Marshall Erwin Rommel's Panzer Army Africa in Tobruk. He joins forces with members of the Long Range Desert Group and the Special Identification Group, made up of German speaking Jews. Their journey across the desert is a perilous one, beset by enemies within and without. Just getting to their target will be a result!

The film is surprisingly character driven for such an all out action film. Relationships between the jews and the British is somewhat frosty with neutral Canadian Rock Hudson playing `piggy in the middle'. The Lieutenant Colonel commanding the LRDG, played by Nigel Green as a very stiff upper lip Hollywood Englishman, who is overtly anti semitic and needs winning over. With more than average character development, some genuine suspense and some very well realised battle sequences, especially the rousing finale, it is enjoyable enough stuff.

Deserving of special mention is Leo Gordon who wrote the strong script and also appeared as one of the SIG members. I tend to remember him for his role as heavies in westerns like "Hondo"(53) and "The Restless Breed".(57). His contribution was an important one! Rock Hudson is an imposing physical presence and provides a more than adequate lead. George Peppard is perhaps the pick of the bunch as a very generic blonde haired German with a score to settle with the Nazis. He is ably supported by Guy Stockwell as another blonde German Jew. Nigel Green and the straight backed Jack Watson are two awfully English officers. Norman Rossington provides the few moments of comedy! The film was directed by Arthur Hiller who did not have a great film pedigree, but who handles his material and the big cast with assurrance. It is very well shot in Almeria, Spain, more noted for spaghetti westerns, and in southern California. It would be stretching it to say it is a great film, but it does what it says on the box. Good entertainment for the fans of war movies. A good antidote to "Raid on Rommel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Story, wonderful characters and the lovely George Peppard., 6 April 2014
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Powerful Story, wonderful characters and the lovely George Peppard. Some of the UK and USA's best loved actors and an amazing story of good old fashioned "lets's get the job done however we can". It shows the unenviable position of the Jews and the courage needed to overcome many obstacles to get to the objective.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Movie, 16 Jan. 2014
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Brings back fantastic memories for me as lad going to pictures with my dad who served in Libya in WW2. Terrific cast and acting!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tobruk, 24 July 2012
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This is a great film and I enjoyed it a lot. This was a sharp print.It's an Italian dvd but it wasn't difficult to play the original U.S. version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great movie, 20 Jun. 2014
enjoyed watching one of my favourate movies of all time a classic must be added to one,s collection must see
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