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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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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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

After the explosion in the club, the bartender lights two candles. Although the only light inside supposedly comes from the candles, their shadows are projected on the wall behind. See more »

Quotes

Gen. LaSalle: I have news for you, Colonel. Lt. Collet returned. Now I know where I stand.
Col. Feroud: What did he say, sir?
Gen. LaSalle: He didn't say anything. He couldn't. His throat was cut! He was found in an alley collecting flies!
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A Bogart hidden treasure..
27 December 2004 | by (Oldham, England.) – See all my reviews

I totally enjoyed this film. I wasn't expecting much from what I had previously read (on here) and if you can try and not think about some of Bogart's other triumphs, this is a quick moving, interesting enough film with underlining truths..

Basically Bogart has been presented with a choice of doing right or wrong in a war torn city in Syria, trying to mind his own business and continue to profit himself with supplying guns to rebel fighters, he is steered towards helping the French. Of course this would also help him get out of the city and onto better places..but the story unveils complications for him..

Bogart's role is similar to his other characters but not entirely, he's definitely got that "cynic on the outside, but heart pointing in the right direction on the inside" thing going on.

Also, the film does have other strong roles, in particular the very beautiful Märta Torén as Violette, she trys to resist Bogart's outlaw charm but in the end like the rest of us, cant get enough..she is also a good choice of casting, definitely an unusual beauty about her with a presence to match.

My only glitch about this film and I noticed it right away, was that the French / Foreign army officers and in particular Everett Sloane as Gen. LaSalle speak with American and British accents. Could they not even try and break out in a French accent? What was the director thinking (You will notice in the glorious 'Casablanca', every nationality was played with the utmost truth to where they had come from, even a line or two in their given language)? However, overlooking that, this is a great film and I can't see why any Bogie fan would not dig it.

~paul browne.


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