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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.

Director:

Zoltan Korda

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John Howard Lawson (screenplay), Zoltan Korda (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... Sgt. Joe Gunn
Bruce Bennett ... Waco Hoyt
J. Carrol Naish ... Giuseppe
Lloyd Bridges ... Fred Clarkson
Rex Ingram ... Sgt. Major Tambul
Richard Aherne Richard Aherne ... Capt. Jason Halliday (as Richard Nugent)
Dan Duryea ... Jimmy Doyle
Carl Harbord Carl Harbord ... Marty Williams
Patrick O'Moore ... Osmond 'Ozzie' Bates
Louis Mercier Louis Mercier ... Jean Leroux, 'Frenchie' (as Louis T. Mercier)
Guy Kingsford Guy Kingsford ... Peter Stegman
Kurt Kreuger ... Capt. von Schletow (as Kurt Krueger)
John Wengraf ... Maj. Von Falken
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Storyline

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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SENSATIONAL! DRAMATIC! EMOTIONAL! MEMORABLE! (original one-sheet poster) See more »

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Action | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Italian | French

Release Date:

11 November 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Somewhere in Sahara See more »

Filming Locations:

Zzyzx, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,300,000, 31 December 1943
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film's dedication states: . . . a film dedicated to the IV Armored Corps of the Army Ground Forces, United States Army, whose cooperation made it possible to tell this story." See more »

Goofs

Tambul, a Sergeant Major, outranks Gunn, a Master Sergeant. Gunn should have ceded command to Tambul as soon as Tambul met up with the remnants of Gunn's unit. See more »

Quotes

Giuseppe: My wife, my wife and bambino, that's my baby.
Capt. Jason Halliday: It's a nice picture. You must be very proud of them. I'll see what I can do.
[Walks over to tank]
Capt. Jason Halliday: Sgt. I'd wish you'd change your mind. This man is a prisoner of war and, as such, he is entitled to certain rights. We've got to take him with us. We can't leave him here to die. If we ask the men I'm sure they'd agree.
Sgt. Joe Gunn: Mm-hum. They'd agree now. What about when they're starving to death and dyin' of thirst? It's why you put me in command. To look ahead.
Capt. Jason Halliday: ...
[...]
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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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Referenced in 1941 (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh! Susanna
(uncredited)
Music by Stephen Foster
Played on the harmonica by Patrick O'Moore.
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Very good war drama
27 March 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Sahara" is a 1943 film starring Humphrey Bogart, directed by Zoltan Korda, and intended as a propaganda film during World War II. It succeeds.

Bogart is a Sgt. Joe Gunn, and after Tobruk falls in North Africa, he leads a tank unit into the desert. He's joined by French, South African, British, and Sudanese soldiers. They come up against a group of Germans that want the water well where the tanks are stationed.

Besides Bogart, the great cast includes Bruce Bennett. Lloyd Bridges, Dan Duryea and J. Carrol Naish, and they all do an exemplary job. What I like best about this film is the atmosphere - the sun beating down, the dryness, the filth - you're thirsty just watching it.

It was films like this that probably kept people in the U.S. going during the war, I imagine. World War II has been highly romanticized, but despite the pretty songs, there wasn't anything romantic about it. Since there are no women in this film, there's nothing romantic about "Sahara" either. Very good work.


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