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Sirocco (1951)

 -  Drama | Action  -  13 June 1951 (USA)
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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
Onslow Stevens ...
Emir Hassan
Ludwig Donath ...
Flophouse Proprietor
David Bond ...
Achmet
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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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13 June 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sirocco - Zwischen Kairo und Damaskus  »

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Trivia

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

The barber: Get your big stomach out of my way!
Balukjiaan: My poor stomach! Every little thing upsets it. Do you have any soda?
Harry Smith: What's the matter with your stomach?
Balukjiaan: It talks to me like my conscience.
Harry Smith: What does it say?
Balukjiaan: It says,"Levon, my lamb, why do you stay in this terrible town? Why don't you go away - far away?"
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2 July 2002 | by (atlanta) – See all my reviews

Bogie's role was not really unsympathetic unless you happen to be a Francophile. This can be looked at as a prequel to Casablanca. Harry is very much like a young Rick would have been in 1925. Problem is, Bogie is 10 years older and is basically playing Rick as he was in the 20's. The woman is,though, one of the most unsympathetic creatures ever in films. High maintenance, manipulative, out for everything she can get wherever she can get it. Damn sexy too. Not by any means a great picture but if you like Bogie and you like older films, it is worth a summer night.


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