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Sahara

Sahara

Zoltan Korda (1943)

93min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Humphrey Bogart spent most of the war years playing loners in civilian clothes, who stuck their necks out for no one until Lauren Bacall or Ingrid Bergman forced them to take sides. It is something of a surprise, therefore, to find him here as a resourceful army sergeant who leads a bunch of no-hopers across the desert in a dilapidated tank, dodging Nazis as they search for a waterhole. Directed by Zoltan Korda, co-written by John Howard Lawson (later blacklisted in the communist witch-hunt), shot by Rudolph Maté and scored by Miklos Rozsa, this boasts solid talent behind the camera and a lot of derring-do in front of it.

Summary

An American tank crew get lost in the desert during the retreat from El Alamein and face a desperate race against time to reach a source of water in an abandoned fortress - only to discover the Nazis are heading for the same location. Second World War melodrama which is all the more effective thanks to the straightforward nature of the plot and action. Humphrey Bogart, J Carrol Naish, Dan Duryea and Rex Ingram are among the excellent cast.

Cast & Crew

Sergeant Joe Gunn Humphrey Bogart
Waco Hoyt Bruce Bennett
Fred Clarkson Lloyd Bridges
Sergeant Tambul Rex Ingram (2)
Giuseppe J Carrol Naish
Jimmy Doyle Dan Duryea
Captain Jason Halliday Richard Nugent
Ozzie Bates Patrick O'Moore
Jean Leroux Louis Mercier
Marty Williams Carl Harbord
Director Zoltan Korda
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Available on: Available on video and DVD

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