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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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Action | Drama | War

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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

A 'Hollywood Reporter' production report once stated Jess Barker; Bill Carter and Lewis Wilson being cast in this movie but none of them feature in the film's credits and they are either uncredited or do not appear in the film. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene. Sgt. Gunn can be seen working on a tank with its front end pitched up because it is sitting in a ditch. Moments later this tank is shown exploding, but the tank is flat on the ground when the shell hits. Then the tank is shown sitting pitched up in the ditch again. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Doyle: [First Lines] U.S. tank detachment unit 5. Repeat message. U.S. tank detachment unit 5. Repeat. Over to you. Over.
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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.

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Connections

Featured in Going Hollywood: The War Years (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

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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