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GRIPPING ALL THE WAY
- Delving Eye
How I have missed seeing this movie during my six decades of classic film watching is beyond me. Now, snowed in, I got the chance. Absolutely marvelous script, direction, acting and cinematography. Just when you think that the squadron is safe at the well, Bogart's character throws a curve ball. It's a brave stance, one opted for by his brave men. Best scenes: Sudanese soldier licking his hand as he fills water cups; and the look on the Italian soldier's face when the tank stops. "Grazie a Dio!" Yep, that about says it.
British and American forces team up in WWII. Bogart is the American Sergeant who leads a ragtag team of soldiers in WWII, Naish was nominated for an Oscar as an Italian POW. Exciting battle scenes and Korda's direction reference the real-life Battle of Gazala in the film's more action-oriented last half. Well-paced and well-shot. I give it a 4/5.
How Dry I Am......
- Graham Thomas
Great film, well done all hands. Good double feature with "Five Graves to Cairo".
On and off-screen heroism of Humphrey Bogart
- Stephen Ladin
This is a great film that I never tire of watching. As in other Bogart films, notably Casablanca, he illustrates his commitment to racial equality, well ahead of his time. This, and his stand against McCarthyism places Humphrey Bogart as number one on my all-time list of favorite actors.
TOUGH VICTORY IN N AFRICA
- M J Lewis
This film effectively demonstrates why Hollywood provided this sort of propaganda for the home front. Filmed near the Salton Sea in the southeastern CA portion of the Colorado Desert, the vast expanse of sand dunes makes for a realistically harsh Sahara. You can almost feel the grit in your mouth during viewing. It helps enormously to contectualize films like this. It was made and released in 1943, right in the middle of the war, the outcome of which was by no means certain at that time. The psychological effects of 'Sahara' and films like it, for viewers on the home front, should not be underestimated. The film and its performers pull no punches concerning the hardships and occasional ambiguities (i.e., Naish's Italian character) faced by sodiers in the field; yet the positive and hopeful outlook of the conclusion was no invention. The first victory at El Alamein is specifically mentioned in the film, while the second (and ultimately decisive) victory was still recent news when the film was released. The last line of dialogue, spoken by Bogart into the air as he addresses his fallen comrades, is one of the most inspiring and uplifting--albeit in a realistic manner--in all film history as far as this reviewer is concerned.
Crack open a beer and enjoy this movie
Could have been Rick after Casablanca
- Gary Gault
REALLY Great WWII movie that is both realistic and well acted. Looks like the real deal in the North African desert. One of the best war-time movies representing allied forces and even our late Italian friends. It gives real reasons why we fought the Axis and other dictators and empires for the freedom that all humanity desires! Well done Bogie and others!!!!
a true wwii movie great acting by bogie worth a watch
- paul salapatas
This movie is another reason why Humphrey Bogart is a great actor! His character portrayal is fantastic! Flawed men are his specialty. This movie is gritty, realistic and besides being a good war flick, it's a fun movie to watch!
I don't understand why this movie isn't more well known.One of Bogarts best!From the music to the fine performances,this film is tops.Even the tank(LuLu Belle)provides a great staring roll.Be prepared to have plenty of ice water around when you watch it.Yea it has some propaganda,but you have to understand what was going on at the time this was filmed.It really hits on those desperate years early in the war.I can watch this movie over and over.
.....if you enjoy the proverbial "last stand" type of war movies, this is it! Bogart does a fine job in the lead role and the supporting cast is just as effective! An excellent movie to catch on a rainy/snowy afternoon with the blinds down and the popcorn popping!
One of Bogart's Best
A solid performance from the cast lays the foundation for a great war film.