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Desert Patrol (1958)

Sea of Sand (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 8 December 1961 (USA)
Sent to destroy a Nazi petrol dump in the North African desert, a British commando team unexpectedly discovers a large Nazi tank unit, and must inform headquarters in time.

Director:

Guy Green

Writers:

Robert Westerby (screenplay), Sean Fielding (original story)
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Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Attenborough ... Brody
John Gregson ... Capt. Williams
Michael Craig ... Capt. Cotton
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ... Sgt. Nesbitt
Percy Herbert ... White
Barry Foster ... Cpl. Matheson
George Murcell ... Cpl. Simms
Andrew Faulds ... Sgt. Parker
Ray McAnally ... Sgt. Hardy
Harold Goodwin ... Road Watch
Tony Thawnton Tony Thawnton ... Capt. Tom
Wolf Frees ... German Sergeant
George Mikell George Mikell ... German Officer
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Storyline

A small British Army team is sent to destroy a German petrol dump as part of the preparation for a major attack in the North African campaign. While they are there, they spot a large number of tanks and realize that Army intelligence must be informed or some Tommies are going to be in for a nasty surprise. The Germans are equally determined that they should not reach their base, and a tense chase across the desert is the result. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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They fought the kind of war that wasn't in the book...aware that one false move meant instant disaster - and death! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

8 December 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desert Patrol See more »

Filming Locations:

Tripolitania, Libya See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Arabic head wear (Keffiyeh) worn by Blanco in the opening scene was standard issue to the L.R.D.G., but was only wore while on patrol. See more »

Goofs

The German armored car that attacks the column is a completely fictitious design based on a car or small truck chassis. See more »

Connections

Featured in Remembering John Gregson (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

What a Day We Will Have
(uncredited)
Music by Joe Henderson
Lyrics by Jack Fishman
Performed by Vera Lynn
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An underrated, well-acted, British war genre movie
13 October 1999 | by siboSee all my reviews

Sea of Sand ( Desert Patrol ) is seldom mentioned in the context of great British war movies but deserves to be since it is an underrated and well acted example of the genre ( and, incidentally, one of my favourite films ). The movie at one and the same time, conforms to the familiar aspects of the genre but also manages to put a 'spin' on them since the subject matter - the experiences of the volunteer Long-Range Desert Squadron who operated independently far behind enemy lines - allows for characters who are more than familiar war-movie stereotypes.

The cast are uniformally excellent, especially veteran character player Percy Herbert whose death scene is extremely moving. Clashes of class, rank and experience are familiar elements from other films of the genre but are here rendered a little more interesting and unpredictable. Director Guy Green never made his mark but on the evidence of Sea of Sand had plenty of talent and was good at getting the most out of his actors. Simple heroics are eschewed - though heroism is at the core of the film's denouement and anyone who derives pleasure from seeing British acting staples like Michael Craig, John Gregson, Richard Attenborough and Percy Herbert have a treat in store.


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