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Raid on Rommel (1971)

Directed by:
Henry Hathaway
COUNTRY
USA

GENRE
War

NORWEGIAN TITLE
-

RUNNING TIME
98 minutes

Produced by:
Harry Tatelman

Written by:
Richard M. Bluel


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Capt. Alex Foster Richard Burton
Sgt. Allan MacKenzie John Colicos
Maj. Hugh Tarkington Clinton Greyn
Erwin Rommel Wolfgang Preiss
Vivanne Gagliardo Danielle de Metz
Capt. Heinz Schroeder Karl-Otto Alberty
Cpl. Peter Merrihew Christopher Cary -
Dan Garth John Orchard -
Sgt. Joe Reilly Brook Williams -

 

Review

A sordid attempt at capitalizing on two recent successful war films at once Tobruk from 1967, and Where Eagles Dare from 1968 by shamelessly borrowing action footage from the former and take advantage of Richard Burton's success with the latter. A scheme which failed miserably. The jejune excuse of a script dabbles haphazardly with language barriers and counter-intelligence in order to set up the grand finale, which I repeat is basically stolen from the 1967 movie Tobruk. You won't believe it until you see it. And you also won't believe these characters, not only because "the acting in this film is very bad", as Richard Burton noted in his diaries, but also because the filmmakers aren't able to create any sort of suspense out of the amateurish intercutting between the characters' uninspired military babble and the aforementioned copied action sequences. The film is badly marred by its low-budget production values and effects. And not even Richard Burton, who was always professional enough to give his best effort no matter how dismal the role, could do anything to save this mess.

Copyright 15.10.2023 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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