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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

Writers:

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 »

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Sahara desert in this movie was portrayed by the California desert's Borego Desert which is located in the Imperial Valley, north of the American-Mexican border as well as Brawley, Imperial County, California; Chatsworth, California and the sand dunes of Yuma, Arizona. See more »

Goofs

The British officer, Captain Jason Halliday, is supposed to be a doctor in the medical corps, however he is wearing an infantry regiment's cap badge, that of the York and Lancaster Regiment. See more »

Quotes

Giuseppe: Mussolini is not so clever like Hitler, he can dress his Italians up only to look like thieves, cheats, murderers, he cannot like Hitler, make them feel like that. He cannot, like Hitler, scrape from the conscience the knowledge that right is right and wrong is wrong, or dig holes in their heads to plant his own ten commandments: steal from thy neighbor, cheat thy neighbor, kill thy neighbor.
Capt. von Schletow: You dare to insult the Führer?
Giuseppe: That would take an artiste - I am but a mechanic.
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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.

History has proved that they learned their lesson well - - See more »

Connections

References The Lost Patrol (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh! Susanna
(uncredited)
Music by Stephen Foster
Played on the harmonica by Patrick O'Moore.
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A first-rate War film, with a masterful musical score...
10 April 2005 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

"Sahara" is a first-rate War film, well directed by Zoltan Korda, which qualitatively balanced its superb action sequences with penetrating character studies…

Bogart is seen as a tank commander who, when separated from his unit in the Libyan Desert, picks up a group of allied (and eventually several enemy) stragglers and heads out in search of badly needed water… Once they arrive at a nearly dry oasis, and after he learns that a motorized battalion of Germans is also after the water, Bogart decides to make a valiant stand…

Bogart's characterization is excellent as he gave what many considered to be the most realistic portrait of the truly "American" fighting man yet pictured on the screen…

Assisting in the overall success of "Sahara" was a masterful musical score by Miklos Rozsa, who did similar duty the same year in another "tank" picture, Billy Wilder's "Five Graves to Cairo."


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