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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

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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

Bruce Bennett (Waco) appeared together with Humphrey Bogart again five years later in "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948). See more »

Goofs

In the scene when the Italian POW is helping work on the tank, Bogart's character is tightening a nut with an adjustable wrench (Cresent). The camera angle shifts to another view of the scene and he is tightening the same nut with a non-adjustable wrench. The camera angle shifts back to the original view, the Sergeant is again using the adjustable wrench. See more »

Quotes

Waco Hoyt: [down in the well at El Alamein where Sgt. Major Tambul is collecting water, sharing a cigarette while discussing their cultural differences] But I guess you fellas feel differently about marryin'... the boys up top are tellin' me you Mohammedans have as many as 300 wives!
Sgt. Major Tambul: [smiles] No... the Prophet tells us that four wives are sufficient for a *true* believer.
Waco Hoyt: Why four?
Sgt. Major Tambul: Hmm...? The Prophet says: "One wife, makes a miserable life, for she always gets bored. And two wives make a mess of your life ...
[...]
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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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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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Water
11 November 2007 | by cope-8See all my reviews

The Good Guys are desperate for water. The Bad Guys are desperate for water. Everyone is obsessed with the impossibility of getting water. Water. Water. Water.

There just isn't any. It's central to the plot. Everyone is terrified of dying for lack of it. They're ready to kill for it. They're ready to die for it. They travel miles and miles out of their way to get to wells.

And yet... when they start seriously shooting at each other, both sides are laying down a practically non-stop withering fire with.... WATER-COOLED machine guns!!!!!!

I guess they must have had a whole bunch of water all along!


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