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Sirocco (1951)

A cynical American expatriate gets involved in smuggling and gun-running for the rebels during the 1925 Syrian insurgency against French occupation.

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Curtis Bernhardt

Writers:

A.I. Bezzerides (screenplay), Hans Jacoby (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... Harry Smith
Märta Torén ... Violette (as Marta Toren)
Lee J. Cobb ... Col. Feroud
Everett Sloane ... Gen. LaSalle
Gerald Mohr ... Major Jean Leon
Zero Mostel ... Balukjiaan
Nick Dennis ... Nasir Aboud
Onslow Stevens ... Emir Hassan
Ludwig Donath ... Flophouse Proprietor
David Bond ... Achmet
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Storyline

In 1925 Damascus Harry Smith runs guns to the rebels under Emir Hassan. The French arrest him along with others and force him to sell weapons to them. He develops an interest in French intelligence officer Feroud's mistress Violette. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Beyond Casablanca... In Damascus... Destiny, in a low-cut gown, beckons from the Devil's Doorway! See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

13 June 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sirocco - Zwischen Kairo und Damaskus See more »

Filming Locations:

Yuma, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to actor Jamie Farr, the movie debuted on Saturday night at the Rivoli in his home town of Toledo. Most of Toledo's Arab-American community turned out to see it. As a scene where Bogart walks though a crowded bazaar begins to fade, an Arab voice is heard shouting, "Ya hallah deen bayak!" which caused most of the audience to collapse in laughter. The non-Arabs in the house did not understand why everyone else was laughing until the line was translated for them: "Goddamn your father!" See more »

Goofs

In a very key plot point scene Balukjiaan goes to Smith's warehouse on behalf of French intelligence and tries to find out if there are any dried apricots. He uses as an excuse that he is throwing a birthday party for himself and has plenty of pilaf and pahklava, but nothing sweet for dessert. Pahklava is the Armenian name for baklava, which is a very sweet Greek and Middle Eastern dessert. Either the writers didn't know what pahklava is or the whole premise of needing dessert is mistaken. See more »

Quotes

Col. Feroud: Why don't you do both? Take the money and kill me too.
Emir Hassan: You want to die? Why do you want to die?
Col. Feroud: I only want to arrange a truce. Cease fire for 24 hours, so that Syrians and Frenchmen can sit together.
Emir Hassan: And what shall we discuss, the terms of our surrender?
Col. Feroud: We can try to settle our differences according to the dignity of man.
Emir Hassan: There is dignity in men who are willing to give their lives for what they believe in.
Col. Feroud: Men needn't die to prove their dignity.
Emir Hassan: You're asking me to surrender!
Col. Feroud: I'm asking you ...
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Referenced in Play It Again, Sam (1972) See more »

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2 July 2002 | by billybob-123See all my reviews

Bogie's role was not really unsympathetic unless you happen to be a Francophile. This can be looked at as a prequel to Casablanca. Harry is very much like a young Rick would have been in 1925. Problem is, Bogie is 10 years older and is basically playing Rick as he was in the 20's. The woman is,though, one of the most unsympathetic creatures ever in films. High maintenance, manipulative, out for everything she can get wherever she can get it. Damn sexy too. Not by any means a great picture but if you like Bogie and you like older films, it is worth a summer night.


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