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Sirocco (1951)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Film-Noir | 13 June 1951 (USA)
A cynical American expatriate gets involved in smuggling and gun-running for the rebels during the 1925 Syrian insurgency against French occupation.

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Harry Smith
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Violette (as Marta Toren)
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Col. Feroud
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Gen. LaSalle
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Major Jean Leon
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Balukjiaan
Nick Dennis ...
Nasir Aboud
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Emir Hassan
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Flophouse Proprietor
David Bond ...
Achmet
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Storyline

In 1925 Damascus Harry Smith runs guns to the rebels under Emir Hassan. The French arrest him along with others and force him to sell weapons to them. He develops an interest in French intelligence officer Feroud's mistress Violette. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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BEYOND CASABLANCA . . . Fate, in a Low-cut Gown, Lies in Wait for Bogart! See more »


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Also Known As:

Sirocco - Zwischen Kairo und Damaskus  »

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According to actor Jamie Farr, the movie debuted on Saturday night at the Rivoli in his home town of Toledo. Most of Toledo's Arab-American community turned out to see it. As a scene where Bogart walks though a crowded bazaar begins to fade, an Arab voice is heard shouting, "Ya hallah deen bayak!" which caused most of the audience to collapse in laughter. The non-Arabs in the house did not understand why everyone else was laughing until the line was translated for them: "Goddamn your father!" See more »

Goofs

In a very key plot point scene Balukjiaan goes to Smith's warehouse on behalf of French intelligence and tries to find out if there are any dried apricots. He uses as an excuse that he is throwing a birthday party for himself and has plenty of pilaf and pahklava, but nothing sweet for dessert. Pahklava is the Armenian name for baklava, which is a very sweet Greek and Middle Eastern dessert. Either the writers didn't know what pahklava is or the whole premise of needing dessert is mistaken. See more »

Quotes

Harry Smith: You look like the kind of fella who might be married.
Major Jean Leon: Yes. Matter of fact, I just celebrated a wedding anniversary.
Harry Smith: Any kids?
Major Jean Leon: Just one. A boy.
Harry Smith: You gonna send him to St. Cyr?
Major Jean Leon: Yes, if he wants to be a soldier.
Harry Smith: That's fine. He'll follow in your footsteps. That's great. It's a great life. Nothing like handing it down to a bunch of kids. They'd break your neck if they knew what was coming.
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Cavern To Cavern
25 August 2002 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

This 1951 Bogart vehicle, produced by the great man himself, and directed by the estimable Curtis Bernhardt, is a slow-moving rehash of some of Bogart's better known films, going back to Casablanca. This one's set in 1925 Syria, with the Trenchcoated One working both sides against the middle. He's a gun runner selling arms to the Arabs, which at the time was illegal, since Syria was controlled by the French. Bogart had an affinity with the Levant, and was most at ease in an occupied city, with terrorists, revolutionaries and criminals,--often hard to tell apart--running around, blowing up things, and making life difficult for the authorities. As usual, Bogart couldn't care less who wins as long as he gets paid.

Sirocco is a back lot picture, yet an attractive one. It was made at a time when movies of its type were getting either a whole lot bigger or a whole lot smaller. As such it was somewhat of an anachronism when it came out, and its box-office was modest. This was really the end of the line for the old-style Bogart pics, which it is the last of; and Bogie's next movie, The African Queen, filmed on location and in color, would open up a whole new career for him. I like this one better than most people do, for its cast (Marta Toren, Lee Cobb, Everett Sloan, Gerald Mohr), and its shabby fatalism. A good deal of the picture is set indoors, in cafés, hotel rooms and warehouses. There is a circular, labyrinthine aspect to the movie, as it seems at times as if all the action were taking place literally underground, with the various characters moving from cavern to cavern.


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