An American tanker is sunk by a German U-boat and the survivors spend eleven days at sea on a raft. They're next assigned to the liberty ship "Sea Witch" bound for Murmansk through the sub-stalked North Atlantic.
Sergeant Joe Gunn and his tank crew pick up five British soldiers, a Frenchman and a Sudanese man with an Italian prisoner crossing the Libyan Desert to rejoin their command after the fall of Tobruk. They and the Germans are greatly in need of water.Written by
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Actor Kurt Kreuger said that in the scene where he tried to escape back to his lines with the Sudanese Sgt. played by Rex Ingram in pursuit, that when Rex Ingram caught him and pressed his face into the sand to kill him, that Kreuger almost passed out for lack of air. Kreuger spoke with this author on the phone of this story. See more »
In the last few minutes of the movie where MSgt Gunn and the other soldier comment that the last German shell was a direct hit on the well, there is an insect crawling on the camera lens in the lower left corner. See more »
Sgt. Joe Gunn:
[Speaking about his tank's engine that won't start]
Well, you don't feed her enough. It's like a dame. You don't feed 'em they won't do nothin'.
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Opening credits prologue: In June, 1942, a small detachment of American tanks with American crews, joined the British Eighth Army in North Africa to get experience in desert warfare under actual battle conditions.
History has proved that they learned their lesson well - - See more »
The Good Guys are desperate for water. The Bad Guys are desperate for water. Everyone is obsessed with the impossibility of getting water. Water. Water. Water.
There just isn't any. It's central to the plot. Everyone is terrified of dying for lack of it. They're ready to kill for it. They're ready to die for it. They travel miles and miles out of their way to get to wells.
And yet... when they start seriously shooting at each other, both sides are laying down a practically non-stop withering fire with.... WATER-COOLED machine guns!!!!!!
I guess they must have had a whole bunch of water all along!
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