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Sahara (I) (1943)

 -  Action | Drama | War  -  11 November 1943 (USA)
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Sergeant Joe Gunn and his tank crew pick up five British soldiers, a Frenchman and a Sudanese man with an Italian prisoner crossing the Libyan Desert to rejoin their command after the fall ... See full summary »

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Sergeant Joe Gunn and his tank crew pick up five British soldiers, a Frenchman and a Sudanese man with an Italian prisoner crossing the Libyan Desert to rejoin their command after the fall of Tobruk. They and the Germans are greatly in need of water. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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THE STAR OF "CASABLANCA" IN THE WAR'S MIGHTIEST ADVENTURE DRAMA! (original three-sheet poster) See more »

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11 November 1943 (USA)  »

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Port Said  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

The 'Hollywood Reporter' during mid January 1943 reported that Humphrey Bogart replaced Brian Donlevy for this Columbia Studios film whilst Donlevy in turn replaced Bogart on the same studio's Once Upon a Time (1944). Donlevy was reportedly tired of appearing in war pictures and he doesn't actually appear in the credits for Once Upon a Time (1944). See more »

Goofs

The lower flag flying from Lulubelle is inconsistent in size and color throughout the film. In the opening scene the lower flag is completely white and only slightly larger than the top flag. As the tank departs the opening battle the lower flag is more than twice the size of the top flag. Later in the film the lower flag is two-toned with a dark circle in the lower half. See more »

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Sgt. Joe Gunn: You heard my offer. Water for guns.
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"Based Upon and incident in the Soviet photoplay, "The Thirteen." See more »

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References The Lost Patrol (1934) See more »

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Oh! Susanna
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Music by Stephen Foster
Played on the harmonica by Patrick O'Moore
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A first-rate War film, with a masterful musical score...

"Sahara" is a first-rate War film, well directed by Zoltan Korda, which qualitatively balanced its superb action sequences with penetrating character studies…

Bogart is seen as a tank commander who, when separated from his unit in the Libyan Desert, picks up a group of allied (and eventually several enemy) stragglers and heads out in search of badly needed water… Once they arrive at a nearly dry oasis, and after he learns that a motorized battalion of Germans is also after the water, Bogart decides to make a valiant stand…

Bogart's characterization is excellent as he gave what many considered to be the most realistic portrait of the truly "American" fighting man yet pictured on the screen…

Assisting in the overall success of "Sahara" was a masterful musical score by Miklos Rozsa, who did similar duty the same year in another "tank" picture, Billy Wilder's "Five Graves to Cairo."


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