The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)

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The story of the final years of the respected World War II German general, Erwin Rommel.




  • James Mason and Leo G. Carroll in The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)
  • The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)
  • The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)
  • The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)
  • The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)
  • The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)

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Henry Hathaway


Nunnally Johnson (screenplay), Desmond Young (biography)

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4 August 2011 | GManfred
"This Is The Thanks I Get?"
For meritorious service above and beyond the call of duty to his country, Rommel was advised in the end to 'off' himself. No trial necessary, as he was guilty until proved innocent, and why waste everyone's time. But, of course, he was working for the original 'wild and crazy guy'.

"The Desert Fox" is an excellent biopic and is an idealized version of Rommel's military career, particularly as it pertains to Germany's WW II Afrika Corps. It is one of James Mason's best pictures, right behind "Odd Man Out" and slightly ahead of "A Star Is Born". It is a sympathetic portrayal of a man torn between loyalty and love of country, and perhaps a man a little slow on the uptake regarding current internal military affairs. Supporting acting was in very capable hands and there was chemistry evident between Mason and his wife, played by Jessica Tandy. Good script, good direction - hard to find a flaw in this one, which played on FMC the other morning.

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