Desert Rats, The (1953)

The Desert Rats (1953), directed by Robert Wise.

Exciting WW2 desert battles story, meant to be both heroic and realistic. Richard Burton is the lead, with James Mason reprising his role as Rommel. Burton plays the toughest character called "Tammy" that I can recall.

Robert Newton (the old school master) is always eccentric, always memorable. He can ham it up in a way that seems natural and appropriate to the situation.

We tend to think of directors as auteurs, putting their personal stamp on their films. Sometimes it is true (Hitchcock, Kubrick, Lynch) but many fine directors can produce movies where they seem to be almost invisible. Look at some of Robert Wise's other films:

No pattern, other than a job well done.

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