5 British WWII Classics Get Blu-ray Treatment in ‘Their Finest Hour’, 21 August 2015 Solid British Movie about an escape from Tobruk. After the South African shows Anson two bottles of gin in his backpack, van der Poel persuades Anson to let him join their drive to the safety of the British lines in Alexandria. During World War II in North Africa, a medical field unit must cross the desert in their ambulance in order to reach the British lines in Alexandria. Pugh thinks he sees an antenna. Anyway, the VHS tape when it arrived was titled Ice Cold in Alex, not Desert Attack, and had a picture of a shirtless John Mills holding a pickaxe, with a barbed wire insignia underneath, against an olive background. When they reach Alexandria, Anson delivers everyone's papers except "Van der Poel"'s to the Military Police check point and (off-screen) reports to the MP's senior officer that "Van der Poel" is a regular German soldier that they met lost in the desert and has surrendered to them under his parole (word of honour). Discover what to watch this November, including a documentary series that dives deep into the Marvel Universe, a reboot of a beloved '90s animated series, and a special that celebrates a very important Star Wars holiday. Adventure, Drama, War. The film was based on the 1957 novel Ice Cold in Alex and its serialisation (as Escape in the Desert) in the magazine Saturday Evening Post. ABPC bought the rights and assigned TJ Morison to collaborate on a treatment with Landon under the supervision of Walter Mycroft[10]. Well, it had me gripped from the beginning, I didn't notice after a while that it was in black and white, and it was amazing to think it came out when I was four years old. So I was extremely pleased with the VHS cassette and purchase, and then the movie was highly entertaining also. During World War II in North Africa, a medical field unit must cross the desert in their ambulance in order to reach the British lines in Alexandria. [Note 1] The quartet decide to drive across the desert back to British lines. Capt. Sylvia Syms (Sister Murdoch) said in a 2011 interview about the film that conditions during the desert shoot were so difficult it felt like they were actually in the situation the film portrays. Van der Poel, who claims to have learned German while working in German South West Africa, is able to talk the Germans into allowing them to go on their way. [4] Under the title Desert Attack, a shortened, 79-minute version of the film was released in the United States in 1961; film critic Craig Butler later referred to the shortened versions as nonsensical.[5][6][7]. Video availability outside of United States varies. Reviewed in the United States on May 10, 2013. Too bad this is not available in Region 1. This film really brings out how people can overcome their differences, no matter how large or seemingly-impossible, and work together for their own survival. Select the department you want to search in. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Having become friends with Van der Poel and indebted to him for saving the group's lives, Anson tells him that if he gives his real name, he will be treated as a prisoner of war, rather than as a spy (which would mean execution by firing squad). | This was followed by a variation in the usual Carlsberg tagline: "Still probably the best lager in the world."[22]. Syms said the producers got a good deal out of her for "£30 a week", adding: "But I made a lot more when they turned it into an advert for Carlsberg". I was only disheartened momentarily, however, because the label on the cassette inside the box and cover referenced BFS Video Productions in Richmond Hill, Canada, and said "Printed in Canada." Anson secures the MP's agreement to allow the party to enjoy a beer with their "captive" before taking him into custody as a prisoner of war. [15] Leighton Lucas wrote a stirring military march called "The Road to Alex", which was the main theme, and a "Romance". Their Finest Hour: 5 British WWII Classics, 21 February 2020 Captain Crosbie: However, I then noticed 82% 5 star ratings. The quicksand sequence was filmed in an ice cold artificial bog in an English studio (some scenes were shot at Elstree)[12] and was "very tough" on Quayle and Mills. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. While he recovers, they realise he is probably a German spy but decide not to confront him about this. | Excellent movie on all dimensions.