Tank (film)

Tank (film)

name = Tank

caption =
imdb_id = 0088224
producer = Irwin Yablans
director = Marvin J. Chomsky
writer = Dan Gordon
starring = James Garner
Shirley Jones
C. Thomas Howell
Jenilee Harrison
G.D. Spradlin
James Cromwell
Dorian Harewood
Mark Herrier
music = Lalo Schifrin
cinematography = Donald H. Birnkrant
editing = Donald R. Rode | distributor = Universal Pictures
released = March 16, 1984 (USA)
runtime = 110 min.
country = USA
language = English
budget = Unknown
gross = Unknown

"Tank" is a 1984 comedy, drama, and action movie starring James Garner, Shirley Jones, and C. Thomas Howell. The film was written by Dan Gordon and directed by Marvin J. Chomsky.

Plot summary

Command Sergeant Major Zack Carey (played by Garner) is about to retire from the military after taking his last post, in rural Georgia (the base is loosely based on Fort Benning and is actually filmed there). Despite being offered the position of Sergeant Major of the Army, he insists he just wishes to finish his tour and retire in peace to spend time with his family. Several years earlier, his older son had been killed in an accident, and his relationship with his only surviving son, Billy (played by Howell), is strained. He is quickly shown to be a tough but fair Sergeant, who quickly earns the respect and admiration of his troops.

Zack owns a vintage Sherman tank from World War II that he has restored with his son's help, and he uses it for parades and public relations. While visiting an off-base bar, he sees a deputy sheriff (James Cromwell) beat a hooker named Sarah (Jenilee Harrison) in a local bar and defends her. Unfortunately, Sarah had been forced into prostitution by Cyrus Buelton, the corrupt sheriff (G.D. Spradlin). Sheriff Buelton tries to arrest Sgt. Major Carey, but finds his jurisdiction won't let him touch him while he's on the base, which is Federal territory. To get revenge on Carey, Sheriff Buelton frames his son for drug possession by planting marijuana in his gym locker at school.

Sheriff Buelton offers to drop the charges, if Sgt. Major Carey would give the Sheriff a hefty bribe, approximately equal to his retirement savings. However, Zack's wife, LaDonna (Shirley Jones) refuses to take part in "good old boy" justice and calls a lawyer. Immediately Billy is put on trial, the lawyer is thrown into jail himself on trumped-up contempt of court charges, and Billy is promptly found guilty and sentenced to several years of hard labor at the county work farm. LaDonna, realizing the depths of Sheriff Buelton's cruelty, goes to Carey and tells him what happened. When Sgt. Major Carey tries to offer the bribe, Buelton accepts the money, but refuses to release his son, simply stating that it will prevent him from being shot "accidentally" or while "attempting to escape", or from being raped by other inmates - temporarily.

Carey decides to take matters into his own hands, and climbs into his vintage tank. To prevent the police from following him immediately, he destroys the local jail & police station, shoots the local telephone exchange, and destroys the parked police cars with his tank's cannon; then he liberates Billy (and all the other prisoners) from the county work farm and takes him, as well as Sarah, away. Once away from town and the jail, he reveals his plan: to escape to Tennessee, where they can get a fair hearing in a court of law regarding extradition, which will at least be a fair hearing instead of the kangaroo court that Billy received in Georgia.

The matter quickly escalates. Sheriff Buelton demands military intervention from Carey's commanding officer, but the commander points out that Carey had tendered his resignation immediately before beginning his adventure, so he's broken no military law (other than breaking a small section of fence to leave the base); he hasn't stolen the tank, which is legally his; and all his violations are of civilian law. He also happily points out the Posse Comitatus Act, prohibiting him from providing any military aid to civilian law enforcement. In a running joke of the movie, Sheriff Buelton does not understand the name of the act, and thinks he's being called a "pussy communist".

On the Tennessee side of the line, thousands of people have gathered to welcome the tank. Meanwhile, LaDonna has had a personal audience with the Governor of Tennessee (played by Wallace G. Wilkinson, who later became Governor of Kentucky), managing to get a formal guarantee that they will be given a proper extradition hearing (and informally implied that they will be granted asylum).

Through a long series of chases and evasion through rural Georgia, including being aided by relatives of people he broke out of jail earlier, the tank and its crew quickly become folk heroes throughout the country. Despite Sheriff Buelton insisting they are criminals, the nation rallies behind them as a sort of modern-day Robin Hood, meaning the Sheriff has little public support for his hunt for the tank. However, a showdown brews at the Tennessee state line, where he's managed to block the road with tractor-and-semi-trailer rigs, and he has set up an ambush, including a large mud trap to inhibit the tank's freedom of movement. Using a vintage bazooka, he manages to disable the tank within sight of the state line. However, the tank's firepower is unaffected and the Careys and Sarah are able to hold the Sheriff and his forces at bay. Carey, who had been injured earlier while attempting to repair the tank, instructs Billy and Sarah to sneak over the state line at night. They refuse. With his father going from bad to worse, Billy is even willing to surrender to Buelton in exchange for his father getting hospitalized.

Meanwhile, seeing the tank in dire straits, a motorcycle gang steals the materials to build a ramp, and one of their number jumps into the muddy field where the tank is trapped, sending them a rope (connected to a tow cable in Tennessee). Billy gets out through the escape hatch at the bottom of the tank and quickly goes to the aid of the biker with the cable, while Sarah holds the Sheriff and his posse back with the tank's machine gun. Once the tow cable is attached, the collected people on the other side of the line begin to pull the tank out of the mud. Sheriff Buelton orders his posse to open fire on the crowd, but as the deputies pull their guns, the Tennessee Highway Patrol pulls their guns on the Sheriff's men and shouts over the megaphone that if he opens fire, it will be "another Little Big Horn".

Thus the Sheriff is forced to stop the crowd another way; he and his men all run for the mud field and begin pulling on their end, resulting in a tug of war between the crowd and the posse. The crowd find themselves unable to help pull the tank free this way and decide to try something else. The posse cheers their victory, and Sheriff Buelton climbs on top of the tank and demands its occupants surrender. Zach motions to Billy to turn the tank's turret, which he does, knocking the gloating Buelton facedown into the mud. And on the other side of the state line, the tow cable is affixed to a bulldozer and the crowd renews their pulling efforts. This time, the posse's attempts to stop them are completely futile, and the tank is hauled out of the mud and over the state line to safety. LaDonna happily greets her husband and son, as well as Sarah, as they climb out of the tank to a hero's welcome by the people and the Governor of Tennesse.


* James Garner - Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Zack Carey
* Shirley Jones - LaDonna Carey
* C. Thomas Howell - William "Billy" Carey
* Mark Herrier - SSgt. Jerry Elliott, 'Soldier' Magazine Reporter
* Sandy Ward - Maj. Gen. V.E. Hubik
* Jenilee Harrison - Sarah, Hooker
* James Cromwell - Deputy Euclid Baker
* Dorian Harewood - Sfc. Ed Tippet, Provost Marshal's Office
* G.D. Spradlin - Sheriff Cyrus Buelton
* John Hancock - Mess MSgt. Johnson
* Guy Boyd - Sgt. Wimofsky

External links

*imdb title|id=0088224|title=Tank
* [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8844857220560459276&q=%22James+Garner%22+%22Charlie+Rose%22&total=4&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=0 James Garner Interview on the "Charlie Rose Show"]
* [http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=%22archive+of+american+television+interview+with+james+garner%22 James Garner interview] at Archive of American Television

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Поможем написать реферат

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Tank (disambiguation) — A tank is an armoured combat vehicle.Tank may also refer to:Containers* Irrigation tank, in India, refers to an artificial lake or reservoir of any size * Temple tank, In India a well or reservoir built as part of a temple complex * Storage tank… …   Wikipedia

  • Tank Girl — is a British comic character created by Damon Albarn and written by Alan Martin and originally drawn by Jamie Hewlett, and is currently drawn by Rufus Dayglo, Ashley Wood, and Mike McMahon.As the name suggests, Tank Girl drives a tank, which is… …   Wikipedia

  • Tank Man — stops the advance of a column of tanks on June 5, 1989, in Beijing. This photograph, taken by Jeff Widener of the Associated Press, became one of the most famous images of the 20th century, and an international symbol at the end of the Cold War… …   Wikipedia

  • Tank Girl (film) — Tank Girl Données clés Titre original Tank Girl Réalisation Rachel Talalay Scénario Alan Martin Jamie Hewlett, Tedi Sarafian Acteurs principaux Lori Petty Ice T Naomi Watts …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Tank Girl (film, 1995) — Tank Girl Tank Girl Alias Rebecca Buck Pouvoir aucun, endurance, agilités, tireur d élite, possède un tank, bazooka, fusil, batte de base ball Créé par …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Tank Girl — Personnage de fiction apparaissant dans Tank Girl Alias Rebecca Buck Pouvoirs tireuse d’élite …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Tank! THE! BEST! — Album par The Seatbelts Sortie 22 décembre 2004 Enregistrement Van Gelder Studios Durée 68:23 Genre Blues, Jazz …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Tank Girl (film) — Infobox Film name = Tank Girl caption = Film poster for Tank Girl director = Rachel Talalay producer = Tom Astor writer = Tedi Sarafian Alan Martin (comic) Jamie Hewlett (comic) starring =Lori Petty Ice T Naomi Watts Malcolm McDowell music =… …   Wikipedia

  • Tank truck — A tank truck (United States usage) or tanker lorry (United Kingdom usage) is a motor vehicle designed to carry liquefied loads, dry bulk cargo or gases on roads. The largest such vehicles are similar to railroad tank cars which are also designed… …   Wikipedia

  • Tank Girl (Film) — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel Tank Girl Produktionsland USA Originalsp …   Deutsch Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”