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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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Capt. Jason Halliday (as Richard Nugent)
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Jean Leroux, 'Frenchie' (as Louis T. Mercier)
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Peter Stegman
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Capt. von Schletow (as Kurt Krueger)
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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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11 November 1943 (USA)  »

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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 '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

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 »

Quotes

Sgt. Joe Gunn: You heard my offer. Water for guns.
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"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 »

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Referenced in M*A*S*H: The Moon Is Not Blue (1982) See more »

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Oh! Susanna
(uncredited)
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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