Sahara 1943 Humphrey Bogart Action Drama War
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Bruce Bennett, J. Carrol Naish
Sahara is a rousing WWII action movie. Depicted events point to the Battle of Gazala. This was an important battle of the Western Desert Campaign of World War II, fought around the port of Tobruk in Libya. Bogart makes reference to events that occurred in May and June of 1942. The battle began with the British stronger in numbers and quality of equipment, and had received many of the M3 tanks, which was used in the film. A small group of American advisers and crews had come to train them in use of the equipment.
Sergeant Joe Gunn and his crew pick up five British soldiers, a Frenchman and a Sudanese man with an Italian prisoner crossing the Libyan Desert to rejoin their command after the fall of Tobruk. They and the Germans are greatly in need of water. Tambul volunteers to lead them to a well at Hassan Barani. En route, Luftwaffe pilot Captain von Schletow strafes the tank, seriously wounding Clarkson, one of the British soldiers. The German fighter aircraft is shot down and von Schletow is captured.
Bogart is his usual charismatic self in the lead, and the supporting cast is nearly as good, especially Bruce Bennett and J. Carrol Naish. The former is quiet and dignified, the latter typically flamboyant.
Like all the best war films, Sahara focuses on seemingly small things, such as well that has gone dry (or has it?), the glaring sun, the little stories of home life, for once not corny.
Product Information for Sahara
- Director: Zoltan Korda
- Country: USA
- Language: English
- Production Co.: Columbia Pictures Corporation
- Run time: 97 minutes
- Sound: Mono
- Color: Black and White
Sample Video from Sahara
This movie arrives on a professional grade DVD-R disc placed in a slim jewel case. The cover art is exactly as shown in the image.
You may also enjoy A Time to Love and A Time to Die, a World War II movie about a company of German soldiers on the Russian front numbed by the hardships of war. Alternatively, Bogart also stars in the movie, In A Lonely Place. This is is a fascinating movie that mixes drama, suspense and romance in a very interesting way. It’s hard to say when Bogart has ever been better!
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