A tense, engrossing adventure set in the 1942 Libyan war zone in the hot Western Desert. A British ambulance officer (John Mills) escapes the siege in Tobruk and tries desperately to get his passengers to safety in Alexandria, where he dreams he will have the luxury of an 'ice cold' glass of beer. His passengers include a stranded hospital nurse, a Sergeant-Major and a stray South African Officer, trying to return to his unit. Despite saving the group from the Germans, something is not quite right about the last passenger. As he begins to undermine the group's stamina using psychological tactics, the British officer begins to suspect he might be a German spy. A gripping and timeless drama from director J. Lee Thompson, compared by critics in 1958 to A Bridge On The River Kwai. Cast: John Mills (I) .... Captain Anson Sylvia Syms .... Sister Diana Murdoch Anthony Quayle .... Captain van der Poel/Hauptman Otto Lutz Harry Andrews .... M.S.M. Tom Pugh Diane Clare .... Sister Denise Norton. Richard Leech (I) .... Capt. Crosbie Liam Redmond .... Brigadier (DDMS) Peter Arne .... British Officer at Oasis rest of cast listed alphabetically Allan Cuthbertson .... Brigadier's Staff Officer Walter Gotell .... 1st German Officer Basil Hoskins .... CMP Lieutenant (Alexandria) Frederick Jaeger .... 2nd German Officer David Lodge (I) .... CMP Captain (tank trap) Richard Marner .... German guard Michael Nightingale .... CMP Captain (checkpoint) Paul Stassino .... Barman Runtime: UK:124 min Country: UK Language: English Color: Black and White Also Known As: Desert Attack (1961) (USA) Country: UK Language: English Color: Black and White If you like this film you will enjoy Dunkirk, the extended version or The Long and the Short and the Tall.