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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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A mighty story of adventure, courage and glory in the desert!...tender human emotion...triumphant action...matchless thrills...a memorable entertainment experience! See more »

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Humphrey Bogart had recently signed a new contract with Warner Brothers and one of the perks of his new deal was that he was allowed to act in one film per year outside of his home studio. Bogart quite liked Harry Cohn, head of Columbia Pictures, and decided that he would enjoy working on a Columbia produced film. Bogart's friendly relationship with Cohn was noteworthy, as many members of the film industry found Cohn to be notoriously unpleasant and abrasive. Bogart's decision to work for Columbia, even in a one film per year deal, was massive for the studio, which lacked the star power of its rivals. This film marked the first of several film collaborations between Bogart and Columbia Pictures, at the rate of one per year. While he was on loan to Columbia, Bogart was the studio's biggest star. See more »

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Tobruk fell on June 21st 1942, which places the action just after that time. At the end, when it is said the British held the Germans at El Alamein, this time-frame for the movie becomes distorted. The First Battle of El Alamein lasted from the 1st to the 27th of July. This group of soldiers has not been in the desert for that long. See more »

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Sgt. Joe Gunn: [Speaking about his tank's engine that won't start] Well, you don't feed her enough. It's like a dame. You don't feed 'em they won't do nothin'.
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A Good Old war Movie
6 September 2004 | by (middle village) – See all my reviews

There's really nothing great about this movie but I find it enjoyable in so many ways. First of all, how often do you get a chance to see a tank of that vintage. Bogart plays a tough sergeant but being Bogart, there's a human softer side to him. One of the best scenes is watching the German troops moving forward, the survivors at the oasis are sure they are going to be overwhelmed, but the Germans are surrendering, all because they are out of water. "Wasser, Wasser," you can hear them saying as they stumble forward. Good little ending. I enjoy it just for fun. A number of good supporting actors round it out. And like all war movies made during WW II, it's got every kind of character from the tough guy to the disillusioned Italian, to the French African hero, to the sneaky craft Nazi. And did I mention the proper Brit? See it for fun.


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