1940s Sahara (1943)

Published on February 5th, 2008 | by Chris

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Sahara (1943)

Review of: Sahara (1943)

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On February 5, 2008
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Summary:

Honestly this is a perfect example of your classic war movie. Bogart. That's about all you need to know, really.

Sahara (1943)Tanks, desert, combat, Bogart.... put those all together and what do you get?  The unbelievable picture that is Sahara.  It pits tank commander Sgt. Joe Gunn (Humphrey Bogart) against the desert, and against the Nazi Afrika Corps in a battle for survival, with a bit of a twist ending that you won't see coming.

Gunn's (what a name) tank, "Lulubelle," gets separated from the rest of his unit, and on top of that, gets the order to retreat from the present situation.  The cold fact is there's no where to retreat to, except to go even further inland, running low on fuel, and more importantly... water.

Along the way he runs into a stranded group of British doctor types (why are there always British doctor types in these desert war pictures?!) and they join Gunn on his quest for water.  They manage to assemble an even more motley gang, as they run across a Sudanese national with an Italian prisoner.  They first leave the Italian behind, but conscience gets the better of them and they stop and take him with.

To complicate matters even more, they're shot at by a wayward German airplane, which they shoot down, and take the pilot prisoner.  According to the Sudanese soldier, there are places to get water, you just have to know where to look.  So they follow his directions, and come across the first.  Dry as a bone.  The only solution: continue on!

Nearly destroying the tank in the process, they manage to find an outpost with a well, but, you guessed it, it's also dry.  Well, nearly anyway.  The strange group collects some of the dripping water and take up residence, figuring out what to do next.

Then the real fun begins, as a column of German infantry has tracked them to this location.  They see them coming, and decide rather than return to their units, to occupy the Germans long enough for reinforcements to arrive.  They send one of the Americans off into the desert to find somebody to help them.

Well, the Germans aren't aware of just how few of the band there are, or that there is no water to speak of.  So the fighting rages on, with the handful of Allied soldiers holding their ground, being whittled down to just Gunn and one other.  There are moments of negotiation, and in the end the Germans surrender, to the surprise of Gunn and his comrade.  "Help yourself!" yells Gunn.....

Of course what happens next, you'll just have to see for yourself.

In this picture, Bogart does what he does best: Play the gruff macho man.  His monotone, short delivery is everything its cracked up to be and more.  The rest of the cast does OK, but is plainly outdone by Bogey.

Honestly this is a perfect example of your classic war movie.  Bogart.  That's about all you need to know, really.  Put Sahara up on the shelf next to "Sands of Iwo Jima" et. al. in the WarMovieBlog gold collection!!!

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There's plenty of top-notch, explosive action in this 1943 Bogie classic about a ragtag battalion stranded in the great African desert during World War II. After the fall of the Libyan city of Tobruk, Sergeant Joe Gunn (Humphrey Bogart) and his crew - Waco Hoyt (Bruce Bennett), Fred Clarkson (LloydBridges) and Jimmy Doyle (Dan Duryea) retreat in their tank across the Sahara...

DVD Information

Binding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Brand: BOGART,HUMPHREY
Manufacturer: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Original Release Date:
Actors:
  • Humphrey Bogart
  • Bruce Bennett
  • J. Carrol Naish
  • Lloyd Bridges
  • Rex Ingram

Features

  • Factory sealed DVD

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Bogie's most famous movie, but one of his best., January 9, 2016
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A very compact, classic WWII movie with a great cast of character actors. Not mere American propaganda as many movies filmed during the war were, there is a bit of depth to the characters and the action is well paced with just the right amount of drama and dark humor. Not Bogie's most famous movie, but one of his best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cast, gripping scenarios, May 12, 2016
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A simple story very well-told. WWII action in North Africa at the height of the studio system in Hollywood. Great cast, gripping scenarios, some tongue-in-cheek one-liners, and veiled social commentary that elevates this war yarn to a classic. Follow a trio of tankers riding an, "ME-3 Air cool job", running from the Nazis and worry with them if they'll have enough gas, evade desert traps, and get to water. The plot turns quickly and ironically as Bogey and company make a desperate stand against superior forces desperate for water...that might not actually be there.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Mix of Action and Human Drama, September 6, 2012
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I like this movie because it is a good old clean film with a good mix of battle scenes and human story-telling. It is not too one-sided with all action but no thought of characterization, nor is it all about human drama absent of action. The action is of course far more muted than war movies of recent years, but to show too much blood and guts fighting in that time was something of a taboo. I think the movie was well-balanced. As I do not know what tank crews actually experienced in the heat of the Saharan day, I won't comment on the somewhat lack of impact the hot sun had on the cast members. I do think, however, that the tank would have been like a bake-oven, and making repairs on a tank that had been running, at mid-day, would have been too hot to touch. But as I never rode on a tank in such weather, I'll let go of that one. I thought the movie very good.
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Summary: Honestly this is a perfect example of your classic war movie. Bogart. That's about all you need to know, really.

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I've been watching war movies for probably 25 years now. Since December 2006 I've been sharing my habit and passion for these movies here on this site.



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