Monday, July 4, 2011

Sahara (1943) - Zoltan Korda

Sahara (1943)

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Directors: Zoltan Korda
Writers: Philip MacDonald, John Howard Lawson

Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Bruce Bennett and J. Carrol Naish

Nominated for 3 Oscars.

Video: H264 (.mp4) | 716x480 | FPS: 23.976 | Sound: mp4a | Color: Black and White | Size: 470 MB | Runtime: 1:37:36 | Country: USA | Language: English | German | Italian | Subtitles: Portuguese & link for more subs | Filming Locations: Brawley, California, USA | Genres: Action | Drama | War | DVD Cover and Sticker incl.

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An M3 Lee tank, commanded by U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Joe Gunn (Humphrey Bogart) and nicknamed Lulu Belle, becomes separated from its unit during a general retreat from Rommel's forces. At a bombed-out field hospital, the crew picks up a motley collection of stragglers, among them a British doctor, four assorted Commonwealth troops, and a Free French corporal (Louis Mercier). Later, they pick up a Sudanese sergeant major (Rex Ingram) and his Italian prisoner (J. Carrol Naish), who volunteeers to lead them to a well at Hassan Barani. En route, a Luftwaffe pilot (Kurt Kreuger) strafes the tank, killing one of the British soldiers (Lloyd Bridges), but is shot down and captured. Arriving at the well, they find it completely dry.

Now running out of water, they are forced to detour to a desert well marked on Gunn's map. They find it, but it is almost empty, providing only a trickle of water. A German half track arrives soon afterwards and Gunn's group ambushes it. Gunn finds out from the two survivors of its crew that a German battalion, desperate for water, is following close behind. He decides to make a stand to delay the Germans any way he can, while he sends one of his men, Waco (Bruce Bennett) away in the captured German vehicle in search of help. The two Germans are released, to carry back an offer: "food for water", even though there is barely enough for Gunn's men. Gunn then changes the deal to "guns for water".

The well has completely dried up by the time the Germans arrive. A standoff and battle of wills begins. Gunn pretends the well is full of water and negotiates to waste time. Eventually, the Germans attack and are beaten off again and again, but one by one, the defenders are killed. However, the thirst-maddened Germans' final assault turns into a full-blown surrender as they drop their weapons and claw across the sand towards the well. To Gunn's shock, he discovers that a German shell that exploded in the well has refilled it by tapping into another source of water. Gunn and the only other Allied survivor disarm the Germans while they're drinking their fill and start marching them east, where they encounter Allied troops led by Gunn's courier Waco, who had managed to reach them. The movie ends with news of the allied victory at the First Battle of El Alamein, turning back the tide of Rommel's Afrika Corps.

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