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Sahara (1995)

PG-13 | | Action, War | TV Movie 25 April 1995
A tank commander and his men along with a group of assorted stragglers they picked up along the way try to keep a limited supply of water away from the Nazis.




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Belushi ... Sgt. Joe Gunn (as James Belushi)
Alan David Lee ... Bates
Simon Westaway ... Williams
Mark Lee ... Doyle
Michael Massee ... Leroux
Robert Wisdom ... Tambul
Jerome Ehlers ... Capt. Halliday
Angelo D'Angelo ... Giuseppe
Paul Empson Paul Empson ... Waco
William Upjohn William Upjohn ... Casey
Todd MacDonald ... Clarkson
Julian Garner ... Von Schletow
Alexander Petersons Alexander Petersons ... Von Falken
David Slingsby David Slingsby ... Mueller
Claus Dyson Claus Dyson ... Kraus


After the fall of Tobruk in June 1942, U.S. Army sergeant Joe Gunn leads his tank into the Sahara desert, in order to evade advancing Rommel's forces and reach Allied lines. Along the way he picks up few Allied soldiers, but soon they are running out of water. They find water at the ancient well, but the well is a goal of an entire German battalion. Despite the impossible odds, Sergeant Gunn decides to defend the well. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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This film is a remake of the 1943 original but it is also a remake of the 1953 western 'Last of the Commanches', itself a remake of the original except for the 7th Cavalry and Indians substituting for the Allies and Germans. See more »


At the start a newsreel is shown describing the allied build-up to combat Germany's Africa Corps and "looking forward to wiping the smile off General Rommel's face". All of this took place in 1942; however the newsreel is prominently dated 1944. Rommel even left Africa on 9 March 1943 and never returned. Newsreels during WWII were up to date with their information, not two years late. See more »


Von Falken: You've come a long way, Sergeant. You Americans must have a taste for lost causes.
Gunn: Well, with all respects, Major, I'm not the guy with a bunch of casualties lying around for the buzzards to pick.
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Crazy Credits

In the credits the italian prisoner is named guiseppe. the correct spelling of that name is Giuseppe. See more »


Remake of Sahara (1943) See more »

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Interesting remake
15 October 2004 | by jadortmunderSee all my reviews

This remake is better than I expected. It sticks pretty close to the original but does change a few details here and there. Belushi is surprisingly effective in the Bogart role. The rest of the cast perform well. It's no substitute for the original but it is an interesting alternative take on the story.

I don't see this as anywhere near the debacle described by the other reviewer, who was obviously put off by elements of the story that were repeated from the 1943 original. Those were different times. And this film chose to honor those conventions rather than trying to rewrite history to kowtow to current thinking. Whether that was the right move or not is, I suppose, debatable. But I was expecting to hate this film, yet I found myself pleasantly surprised.

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25 April 1995 (USA) See more »

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