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The Fighting Rats of Tobruk (1944)

The Rats of Tobruk (original title)
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Tells the story of three men--Bluey, a tough two fisted drover (Taylor), Milo, a laconic dingo trapper (Rafferty), and Pete, an intellectual English "new chum" (Finch). Together they serve ... See full summary »

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Charles Chauvel
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Cast

Credited cast:
Grant Taylor ... Bluey Donkin
Peter Finch ... Peter Linton
Chips Rafferty ... Milo Trent
Pauline Garrick Pauline Garrick ... Kate Carmody
Mary Gay Mary Gay ... Sister Mary Ellis
George Wallace George Wallace ... Barber of Tobruk
Joe Valli Joe Valli ... Northumberland Fusilier
Tony Villa Tony Villa ... Japanese Soldier
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Anderson Joe Anderson
Norman Blackler Norman Blackler
Robert Carlyle Robert Carlyle
Gilbert Ellis Gilbert Ellis
Edward Esau Edward Esau
George Gentry George Gentry
Walter Pym Walter Pym
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Storyline

Tells the story of three men--Bluey, a tough two fisted drover (Taylor), Milo, a laconic dingo trapper (Rafferty), and Pete, an intellectual English "new chum" (Finch). Together they serve in North Africa, fighting against the forces of Rommel in what has now become one of Australia's greatest wartime legends--The Rats of Tobruk. Written by Patrick Dominick <p-dominick@adfa.oz.au>

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1944 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fighting Rats of Tobruk See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Chamun Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film's closing epilogue and remembrance statement reads: "At the going down of the sun [-] And in the morning [-] We will remember them - 'THE RATS OF TOBRUK'." See more »

Goofs

When questioned by an officer, the men say that they are from the 2/2nd battalion. This battalion was part of the 16th Brigade of the 6th Division. The battalion was not part of the 9th Division which served in Tobruk during the siege. See more »

Connections

Featured in Trailer Cinema (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

The Campbells Are Coming
(uncredited)
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Sung by George Wallace in the barber shop
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a great movie
2 July 2001 | by Dr JazzSee all my reviews

I love this movie mainly because it tells the story of brave soldiers fighting for their country. Chips Rafferty, Grant Taylor and Peter Finch play three Australian cattle drovers. When the war starts they all join up. It shows that soldiers are really ordinary people until a war starts and once they join up they become heroes. I always laugh at George Wallace as he plays the comic relief. Its definitely worth seeing i managed to track down what I am convinced is the only copy left in existence. If you ever see a copy buy it.


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