Tobruk is a colorful, hard-hitting World War II melodrama with plenty of guts and suspense to hold the action buff. Rock Hudson heads the four-name star roster but actually comes out third best to George Peppard and Nigel Green in interesting characterizations.
Screenplay has a serviceable plot twist as it projects the protagonists on a suicidal mission in the North African war of 1942. Daring plan calls for a British column of 90, composed of commandos and German-born Jews who have come over to the Allies, to form a special attack unit to cross the Libyan Desert to Tobruk, Mediterranean seaport in the hands of 50,000 German and Italian troops. Once there, they are to hold its key fortified positions pending arrival of a British naval force, and blow up the gigantic German fuel bunkers upon which Rommel depends for his push to the Suez canal.
Arthur Hiller’s realistic direction makes the most of the premise, both in the eight-day desert trek and approach and invasion of Tobruk.
1967: Nomination: Best Sound Effects