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Hotel Sahara (1951)

In WW2,desert hotel proprietors Emad and Yasmin are caught between the warring armies and have to constantly shift their political allegiance to whichever army happens to control the area.

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Emad
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Captain Puffin Cheyne
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Major Bill Randall
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Lieutenant Gunther von Heilicke
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Private Binns
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Captain Giuseppi
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Mme. Pallas
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Yusef
Sydney Tafler ...
Corporal Pullar
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French Spahi officer
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Suleiman the Goat
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During World War Two, Emad and Yasmin are the proprietors of a desert hotel caught between the various waring sides.The hotel owners realize that the key to their survival is their constantly shifting allegiance to the political regimes of the various belligerent armies that happen to control the area at any given time.As the fortunes of war dictate, the area is successively controlled by the Italians,the Germans,the British,the French.Yasmin,at Emad's suggestion,even goes the extra mile and charms the Italian,German and British officers, with hilarious consequences. Written by nufs68

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31 December 1951 (USA)  »

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I'll Be Seeing You
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Music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Irving Kahal
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Farce outstays its welcome
7 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

This is a fairly frenetic farce which stars the marvellous Peter Ustinov.In this film each of the countries fighting in the desert occupies the hotel in turn and brings with it their own nationalistic quirks.There are some funny moments but unfortunately at 96 minutes it is just to long.Certainly by the time the French take over you are just wishing for it to come to a quick conclusion.The cast is first rate and does the best they can with the somewhat limited material.Ustinov is funny as the hotel proprietor.It was truly the world,s loss when he died .He was a uniquely gifted personality and there are not a lot of those around.


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