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The Desert Rats (1953)

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88 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Richard Burton plays a Scottish Army officer put in charge of a disparate band of ANZAC troops on the perimeter of Tobruk with the German Army doing their best to dislodge them.
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May 20, 1953 (United States)

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Richard Burton
Capt. 'Tammy' MacRoberts Capt. 'Tammy' MacRoberts   See fewer
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James Mason
Field Marshal Erwin Rommel Field Marshal Erwin Rommel   See fewer
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Robert Newton
Tom Bartlett Tom Bartlett   See fewer
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Robert Douglas
General General   See fewer
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Torin Thatcher
Col. Barney White Col. Barney White   See fewer
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Chips Rafferty
Sgt. 'Blue' Smith Sgt. 'Blue' Smith   See fewer
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Charles 'Bud' Tingwell
Lt. Harry Carstairs (as Charles Tingwell) Lt. Harry Carstairs (as Charles Tingwell)   See fewer
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Patrick Aherne
English Officer (uncredited) English Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Alderson
Corporal (uncredited) Corporal (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Baker
British Officer (uncredited) British Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Blackburn
Sergeant (uncredited) Sergeant (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Boon
German Lieutenant (uncredited) German Lieutenant (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frederic Brunn
German Gunner (uncredited) German Gunner (uncredited)   See fewer
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Arthur Brunner
German Radio Man (uncredited) German Radio Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Paul Busch
German Orderly (uncredited) German Orderly (uncredited)   See fewer
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Paul Cavanagh
Colonel (uncredited) Colonel (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Chase
Commando (uncredited) Commando (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tony Christian
German Sentry (uncredited) German Sentry (uncredited)   See fewer
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Trevor Constable
Ginger (uncredited) Ginger (uncredited)   See fewer
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Nicolas Coster
Medic (uncredited) Medic (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ashley Cowan
Corporal (uncredited) Corporal (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gene Darrell
Aussie (uncredited) Aussie (uncredited)   See fewer
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Noel Drayton
Captain (uncredited) Captain (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harold Dyrenforth
Observer (uncredited) Observer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles B. Fitzsimons
Fire Officer (uncredited) Fire Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Fraser
Artillery Man (uncredited) Artillery Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Arno Frey
Kramm (uncredited) Kramm (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ray Harden
Hugh (uncredited) Hugh (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Keane
Sgt Donaldson (uncredited) Sgt Donaldson (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lester Matthews
Foreign Secretary (uncredited) Foreign Secretary (uncredited)   See fewer
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Clyde Morris
British Communications Man (uncredited) British Communications Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gavin Muir
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James O'Hara
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John O'Malley
Riley (uncredited) Riley (uncredited)   See fewer
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Patrick O'Moore
Jim (uncredited) Jim (uncredited)   See fewer
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Peter Ortiz
Wireman (uncredited) Wireman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Michael Pate
Capt. Currie (uncredited) Capt. Currie (uncredited)   See fewer
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Richard Peel
Rusty (uncredited) Rusty (uncredited)   See fewer
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Guy Prescott
Maj. O'Rourke (uncredited) Maj. O'Rourke (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Raine
C.I.C. (uncredited) C.I.C. (uncredited)   See fewer
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Otto Reichow
Gunner (uncredited) Gunner (uncredited)   See fewer
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Michael Rennie
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Jerry Riggio
Commando (uncredited) Commando (uncredited)   See fewer
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Per Skavlan
German Guard (uncredited) German Guard (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frederick Stevens
German Major (uncredited) German Major (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gilchrist Stuart
Captain (uncredited) Captain (uncredited)   See fewer
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Albert Taylor
Jensen (uncredited) Jensen (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Wengraf
German Doctor (uncredited) German Doctor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Alfred Zeisler
von Helmholtz (uncredited) von Helmholtz (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.8 / 10 | 4,327 votes