The Desert Rats

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The Desert Rats is a 1953 American war film about the Second World War Siege of Tobruk. It stars Richard Burton, James Mason and Robert Newton and was directed by Robert Wise.
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The Desert Rats is a 1953 American war film about the Second World War Siege of Tobruk. It stars Richard Burton, James Mason and Robert Newton and was directed by Robert Wise.

Original Release

05/06/1953

US Release

05/06/1953

Cast

Richard Burton Capt. 'Tammy' MacRoberts / Captain Tammy MacRoberts
James Mason Field Marshal Erwin Rommel / Field Marshal Erwin von Rommel
Robert Newton Tom Bartlett
Robert Douglas General
Chips Rafferty Sgt. 'Blue' Smith / Sgt 'Blue' Smith
Torin Thatcher Col. Barney White / Col Barney White
Alfred Zeisler von Helmholtz
Michael Pate Capt. Currie
Ben Wright Mick
John O'Malley Riley
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Robert Wise

Writers

Richard Murphy

Cast

Richard Burton Capt. 'Tammy' MacRoberts / Captain Tammy MacRoberts
James Mason Field Marshal Erwin Rommel / Field Marshal Erwin von Rommel
Robert Newton Tom Bartlett
Robert Douglas General
Chips Rafferty Sgt. 'Blue' Smith / Sgt 'Blue' Smith
Torin Thatcher Col. Barney White / Col Barney White
Alfred Zeisler von Helmholtz
Michael Pate Capt. Currie
Ben Wright Mick
John O'Malley Riley
Patrick Aherne English Officer
John Alderson Corporal
Frank Baker British Officer
John Blackburn Sergeant
Robert Boon German Lieutenant
Frederic Brunn German Gunner
Arthur Brunner German Radio Man
Paul Busch German Orderly
Paul Cavanagh Colonel
Frank Chase Commando

Producers

Editors

Barbara McLean

1954OscarBest Writing, Story and Screenplay Nominated
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