U certificateThe Desert Rats is a Film programme that first aired in 1953 and has been classified a U certificate.

The Desert Rats is a 4 star programme

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The Desert Rats (1953)

Directed by
Robert Wise

Exciting, intelligently-made drama about the siege of Tobruk in 1941, centred on Australian troops commanded by Scottish Army Captain 'Tammy' MacRoberts, as they attempt to dislodge the German Army. The troops' daring missions earns them the nickname 'The Desert Rats.'

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 110 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1953

4/5 Stars

Classification: U Certificate

Filmed in Black and White

When is The Desert Rats next on TV?

It's next showing on Film4 November 3rd, 4:50pm and on Film4 Plus 1 November 3rd, 5:50pm. See more...


Image for Richard BurtonRichard Burton...Capt. 'Tammy' MacRoberts
Robert Newton...Tom Bartlett
Robert Douglas...General
Torin Thatcher...Col. Barney White
Chips Rafferty...Sgt. 'Blue' Smith
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell...Lt. Harry Carstairs
Charlie Davao...Pete
Ben Wright...Mick
Image for James Mason IJames Mason I...Field Marshal Erwin Rommel