Cinema: The Rock & the Rats

Tobruk is a movie for the ages—the teen-ages that think of World War II as just another chapter in their high school history courses. Here it is again, kids, meticulously re-created with tanks, cannons and prop-driven airplanes, just the way it happened back in 1942 when the Allies were trying to blow up Rommel's fuel supply. The campaign in the Sahara Desert crosses a wasteland so real you could swear you were on location in California. There are suntanned battalions, a band of Italians, Allied traitors, German haters—there's everything but suspense. How can...

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