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Sahara (1943)

Humphrey Bogart , Bruce Bennett , Zoltan Korda  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Humphrey Bogart, Bruce Bennett, J. Carrol Naish, Lloyd Bridges, Rex Ingram
  • Directors: Zoltan Korda
  • Writers: Zoltan Korda, James O'Hanlon, John Howard Lawson, Philip MacDonald, Sidney Buchman
  • Producers: Harry Joe Brown
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, German, Italian
  • Subtitles: Cantonese, Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 11, 2001
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005R23T
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,940 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sahara" on IMDb

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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. Along the way they pick up six Allied stragglers and Tambul (Rex Ingram), a Sudanese corporal and his Italian prisoner. Tambul directs the group to a desert fortress, where they hope to find desperately needed water. A detachment of German soldiers arrives and attempts to barter food for water, but Gunn and his followers refuse. When the Germans attack, Gunn leads his desert-weary men in a desperate battle, hoping that British reinforcements can arrive in time.

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129 of 131 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SAHARA, Bogart's Desert War Classic now on DVD ! February 13, 2002
By forrie
Format:DVD
It was 1943 and the United States was at war. Humphrey Bogart had just finished "Casablanca" (considered the #2nd greatest Movie of the last 100 years by the American Film Institute (AFI)1998) with Ingrid Bergman at Warner Brothers.
As the war effort continued Hollywood began to use the power of their stars with patriotic themes, against all odds stories to give Americans and the world hope for victory.
Warner Brothers having the greatest stable of stars lent the services of Humphrey Bogart to Columbia Pictures for the making of the Classic Desert War story "Sahara".
This movie had a great ensemble cast which included a very young Llyod Bridges, Bruce Bennett, J. Carrol Naish and Dan Duryea. Filmed in the Mojave Desert near the great Salton Sea in Southern California. The filmed was endorsed by the War Department and the extras were supplied by the United States Army (playing the Germans, Americans and Allies).
"SAHARA" became Columbia Pictures top grossing film of 1943 at a whopping $2.3 million and a very effective propaganda war vehicle.
Summary: Sgt Joe Gunn (Bogart) a WWII tank Commander and his crew (Bennett & Duryea) are surrounded by Germans in the Sahara desert. Their only escape is south into the desert with only their tank "Lullabelle". The race is against time, finding gas, water & their allies before the Germans find them.
This DVD quality is outstanding !! (remasterd video & audio.) FullScreen (before Widescreen) and Black/White presentation. Extras include a picture montage of original lobby poster art, trailers from other WWII movies and star film chronoligies.
This is a "WWII Sleeper Classic Bogart Film". Bogart is a master craftsman, an American Icon Hero. You become very attached to this cast of desert marooned characters in a grand story about unsummountable odds and the pure devoted attitude to succeed!! Enjoy.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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If anyone wants to see how effective a WWII propaganda movie can be, I'd recommend Sahara. It's the story of a small group of Allied soldiers, led by Sergeant Joe Gunn (Humphrey Bogart), lost in the Libyan desert, who are determined to defend a small outpost against a battalion of Germans. The outpost has a well, but the well is almost dry. It produces only drops of water. Joe and his comrades will use the promise of water to delay the Germans, fighting them off in an almost hopeless battle, to give the Allies after the fall of Tobruk a chance to regroup. Please note that elements of the plot are discussed.

Sahara hits its marks to get all of us civilians back home a reason to be proud of our fighting men, to be resolute in the fight against the Germans, and to dedicate ourselves to do what we must to win. Let's see. We've got Humphrey Bogart leading us. His Joe Gunn is sympathetic, tough and smart, a natural leader, and at heart Gunn is just an average guy. The men he winds up leading are his tank crew and a collection of men from other countries he encounters in the desert. They come from Brooklyn, of course, and from Texas, from London, South Africa, Dublin, France, the Sudan. We have the black Sudanese portrayed as a resourceful and brave man, not as comedy relief, who not only develops a friendship with the Texan but who twice saves the day for his comrades. We have an Italian prisoner who represents an Italy which is oppressed by the Germans, and a Nazi prisoner who is arrogant and vicious. We have a battle in which ingenuity and bravery manage to hold off brutal frontal attacks. We have good men dying for a cause which is larger than they are. And we have two quiet but effective speeches which establish why we fight and why the fight is worth the cost.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Great War Movie May 27, 2005
Format:DVD
The release of the current movie titled "Sahara" brought back to mind one of the great WWII movies of the same name. It doesn't seem to have the fame and respect that it derserves but it will stir a lot of emotions when watched from beginning to end. It tells the tale of a lost American tank in the African Desert. They pick up a few straglers looking for water, their unit, etc... Without giving away the plot, let's just say that fate pits them against a large force of German soldiers. The action is hot and heavy and the ending is rather unique.

The cast is pretty good and it's lead by Humphrey Bogart in just his kind of a role. I remember J. Carol Nash in another one of those ethnic roles he was always so good at. One thing struck me about his role ever since the first time I saw the movie. Nash plays Guiseppe, a Italian soldier who is one of the enemy yet not one of the Germans. Apparently, in 1943, there was already a sense that there was a difference between Italians and Germans. Either that or there was somebody influencial in the script who wanted to put Italians in a good light. I don't have any problem with it either way; I just thought it odd that a movie would depict a beligerent soldier in such a sympathetic manner.

I grew up watching a lot of the movies and cartoons of WWII vintage. I got used to cheering for the US military in combat to save the world. This is the style of movie that got me energized back then and it's good enough to do it again now.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Sahara" is emblematic of its time March 1, 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
Anyone wishing to understand the American mindset in the middle of World War II would be hard pressed to do better than "Sahara". It successfully combines the elements of Allied unity against great odds and the willingness to sacrifice oneself for ultimate victory against Nazi tyranny.
Paradoxically, the even-handed relationship between the caucasian British and American troops and a British Sudanese soldier in the movie flies in the face of the official segregation in the U.S. armed forces of the time.
How good is "Sahara"? Good enough to inspire a retiree who lives in my area to construct a full-scale, wooden replica of Bogart's tank Lulubelle in tribute to the film!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great old WWII movie showcasing Bogart as the tough guy ...
Great old WWII movie showcasing Bogart as the tough guy hero against the evil Nazi army. Love the tank scenes and action packed scenes.
Published 1 day ago by james d pennington
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific film.
WOW IT'S 1943 again. Terrific film.
Published 5 days ago by Mark Weston
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thanks!
Published 14 days ago by Lee McNulty
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great classic
Published 14 days ago by Kathy Nicholas
5.0 out of 5 stars Early WW 2 film on North Africa battles
This is tops for two reasons: Realistic desert combat and it depicts how desperate fighting was in early WW 2. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Michael L. Varney
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent representation of WWII and the African Campaign
This is one of the better WWII films since it is truly represents the coming together of cultures and ideologies at the time. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Hening
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bogart Classic.
If your into WWII history, this is a good little side story on the North African campaign. There's not one aspect of the story that will not keep your interest, Good action with a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Norman H. Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Probably one of Bogart's best. No women, no fast cars, no slick clothing. He is fighting the Nazi's with a troop of soldiers in the heat and sand of the Sahara. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sharon Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This movie does not get shown often enough on the TMC. One of the best war movies of WW II. Great cast. Great dialogue.
Published 2 months ago by Milo of Croton
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Bogie Hit
Excellent film; my 85 year old uncle loved it (remembered it when it was in the theatres).. Humphrey Bogart films are typically good quality, interesting dialog and plot. Read more
Published 2 months ago by TonyFive
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