|SEA OF SAND (DESERT PATROL) (director: Guy Green; screenwriter:story by Sean Fielding/Robert Westerby ; cinematographer: Wilkie Cooper; editor: Gordon Pilkington; music: Clifton Parker; cast: Richard Attenborough (Brody), Michael Craig (Captain Cotton), John Gregson (Captain Williams), Vincent Ball (Sgt. Nesbitt), Andrew Faulds ( Sergeant Parker), Dermot Walsh (Major Jeffries), Barry Foster (Cpl. Matheson), Percy Herbert (White); Runtime: 78; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Robert S. Baker/Monty Berman; VCI (Universal-International); 1958-UK)|
|"A routine war drama set
just before the Battle of El Alamein."
by Dennis Schwartz
routine war drama set just before
the Battle of El Alamein, in Africa, 1943. The
Nazi general Rommel finds a key Nazi petrol dump
is attacked by a gritty Brit patrol, on a 400 mile
trek to Amara. The patrol is always under attack,
but succeeds in its vital mission just before the
attack on El Alamein is launched.
players are the two Brit captains, the martinet
one played by land mine expert John Gregson and
the more relaxed one played by the Eight Army's 'Long
Range Desert Group' commander Michael
Attenborough stars as the rogue leader of a
bunch of pirate soldiers. It resounds with
the usual heroics expected in war films.
was shot on location in Tripolitania, Libya.
Green ("A Patch of Blue"/"Light in the
Piazza"/"Luther") crisply directs the action sequences
and lyrically captures the loneliness faced by the
soldiers in desert battle. It's based on the story by
Sean Fielding and written by Robert Westerby.
truncated version was released three years later in
the States as Desert Patrol.
REVIEWED ON 9/5/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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