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Sahara (1943)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 11 November 1943 (USA)
After the fall of Tobruk in 1942, during the Allied retreat in the Libyan desert, an American tank picks-up a motley group of survivors but they face advancing Germans and a lack of water.

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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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Port Said  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Sahara desert in this movie was portrayed by the California desert's Borego Desert which is located in the Imperial Valley, north of the American-Mexican border as well as Brawley, Imperial County, California; Chatsworth, California and the sand dunes of Yuma, Arizona. See more »

Goofs

The dog tags held by Gunn at the end are inaccurate. British soldiers wore two dog tags - one circular and one octagonal. These were not made of metal. The circular one was attached to the cord through a hole in the circle, not through an additional loop. The soldier's religious affiliation was shown on the tag as well. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Doyle: You think she'll pull us out alright?
Sgt. Joe Gunn: Oh, well, it all depends on the way we handle her. It's like a dame. But no dame ever said anything as sweet as this motor's going to sound to us when she gets rollin'.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: In June, 1942, a small detachment of American tanks with American crews, joined the British Eighth Army in North Africa to get experience in desert warfare under actual battle conditions.

History has proved that they learned their lesson well - - See more »

Connections

Remake of The Thirteen (1937) 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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Excellent film!
23 June 2002 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

Shot in the American desert instead of the real Sahara due to the war, this movie is one of the best war films ever made. The desert is so bleak and barren, and the sun so bright, you can almost feel the heat in your living room. Sahara shows us just how brutal the conditions were in North Africa during the war, and how nature brought suffering to both sides. The Allied soldiers are a mix of a lot of different nationalities (American, British, French, South African, Irish, Sudanese) and we see how these men from diverse backgrounds come together to survive against the elements and the Germans. The Germans themselves have the usual stereotyping of nastiness that is found in most films of the 1940s, but even they are shown to be individuals and not a faceless enemy. Get a cool drink and watch Sahara - it's a great movie.


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