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Helden van de woestijn (1958)

Sea of Sand (original title)
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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The Most Amazing Story Ever To Come Out Of The Sahara! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

14 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

17 April 1959 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Helden van de woestijn 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 Special Air Service also operated behind German lines. For a few months, the L.R.D.G. provided transportation for the S.A.S. In June 1942, the S.A.S. obtained fifteen Jeeps, each were modified to accommodate twin mounted Vickers "K" type machine guns, a Browning machine gun, and a Lewis gun of World War I vintage. The Jeeps were also equipped with ammunition, explosives, extra fuel, rations, water, and other gear to operate for days, if not weeks behind enemy lines. They were very effective. 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 »

Soundtracks

Greensleeves
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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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