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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.


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Sgt. Joe Gunn
Waco Hoyt
Fred Clarkson
Sgt. Major Tambul
Richard Aherne ...
Capt. Jason Halliday (as Richard Nugent)
Jimmy Doyle
Carl Harbord ...
Marty Williams
Patrick O'Moore ...
Osmond 'Ozzie' Bates
Louis Mercier ...
Jean Leroux, 'Frenchie' (as Louis T. Mercier)
Guy Kingsford ...
Peter Stegman
Capt. von Schletow (as Kurt Krueger)
Maj. Von Falken
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Soldier (uncredited)
Niels Bagge ...
German Private (uncredited)
Walter Bonn ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Frederic Brunn ...
German Private (uncredited)
Leslie Denison ...
British Soldier (uncredited)
Michael Dyne ...
British Soldier (uncredited)
Carl Ekberg ...
Sniper (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ...
British Soldier (uncredited)
Vilmos Gyimes ...
Sergeant (uncredited)
British Officer (uncredited)
Sheik Ali (uncredited)
British Soldier (uncredited)
British Soldier (uncredited)
Anthony Marsh ...
Soldier (uncredited)
John Meredith ...
Soldier (uncredited)
British Sergeant (uncredited)
Otto Reichow ...
German Captain (uncredited)
Henry Rowland ...
Captured German Private (uncredited)
John Royce ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Sgt. Krause (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ...
German Soldier (uncredited)
Walter Thiele ...
Sniper (uncredited)
Radio Newscaster (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

Zoltan Korda

Written by

John Howard Lawson ... (screenplay) &
Zoltan Korda ... (screenplay)
James O'Hanlon ... (adaptation)
Philip MacDonald ... (story: based on an incident in the Soviet photoplay, "THE THIRTEEN") (as Philip Macdonald)
Sidney Buchman ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

Harry Joe Brown ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

Miklós Rózsa ... (musical score) (as Miklos Rozsa)

Cinematography by

Rudolph Maté ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Charles Nelson

Art Direction by

Lionel Banks

Set Decoration by

William Kiernan ... (set decorations)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Abby Berlin ... assistant director

Art Department

Eugène Lourié ... associate art director (as Eugene Lourie)

Sound Department

Lodge Cunningham ... sound (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Homer Plannette ... gaffer (uncredited)
Ned Scott ... still photographer (uncredited)

Music Department

Morris Stoloff ... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
Eugene Zador ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines THE STAR OF "CASABLANCA" IN THE WAR'S MIGHTIEST ADVENTURE DRAMA! (original three-sheet poster) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Somewhere in Sahara (United States)
  • Port Said (United States)
  • Szahara (Hungary)
  • Sahara: Em Busca da Sobrevivência (Brazil)
  • Сахара (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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  • 97 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia Actor Kurt Kreuger said that in the scene where he tried to escape back to his lines with the Sudanese Sgt. played by Rex Ingram in pursuit, that when Rex Ingram caught him and pressed his face into the sand to kill him, that Kreuger almost passed out for lack of air. Kreuger spoke with this author on the phone of this story. See more »
Goofs The machine gun commandeered from the German half-track is an American Colt MG38, which would not have been available to the Axis powers. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Going Hollywood: The War Years (1988). See more »
Soundtracks Oh! Susanna See more »
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 »
Quotes Giuseppe: But are my eyes blind that I must fall to my knees to worship a maniac who has made of my country a concentration camp, who has made of my people slaves? Must I kiss the hand that beats me, lick the boot that kicks me, no! I rather spend my whole life living in this dirty hole than escape to fight again for things I do not believe against people I do not hate. As for your Hitler, it's because of a man like him that God - my God - created hell!
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