Sahara Reviews

  • Apr 01, 2021

    It's a good war movie.

    It's a good war movie.

  • Jan 20, 2021

    Among the best contemporary WW2 films made. One of Bogart's finest performances but it's the story of a unified Allied group from all over the world overcoming great odds against the Nazis that makes this movie great. Imagine watching this in 1943 when the outcome of the war was very much in doubt.

    Among the best contemporary WW2 films made. One of Bogart's finest performances but it's the story of a unified Allied group from all over the world overcoming great odds against the Nazis that makes this movie great. Imagine watching this in 1943 when the outcome of the war was very much in doubt.

  • Jul 22, 2020

    Interesting enough story makes it watchable.

    Interesting enough story makes it watchable.

  • Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
    Dec 18, 2019

    Bogie heads an United Nations conglomeration of WW2 Allied soldiers on the run across the North African desert in the face of a crushing Nazi advance, everyone on the lookout for precious water. But who will find it first? Taut action and some little intrigue add to this survival drama wherein the fact of war only increases the tension. Dan Duryea as a good guy? Check. J. Carrol Naish in yet another finely drawn supporting role as a foreigner? Check. Lloyd Bridges as a Brit? Say what?

    Bogie heads an United Nations conglomeration of WW2 Allied soldiers on the run across the North African desert in the face of a crushing Nazi advance, everyone on the lookout for precious water. But who will find it first? Taut action and some little intrigue add to this survival drama wherein the fact of war only increases the tension. Dan Duryea as a good guy? Check. J. Carrol Naish in yet another finely drawn supporting role as a foreigner? Check. Lloyd Bridges as a Brit? Say what?

  • Feb 02, 2019

    Humphrey Bogart just doesn't date. This movie is as good as many modern offerings and for a while I was able to forget that this is old and in B&W. Some of the photography and the special effects are very convincing. Best of all the producers didn't ruin this good film by introducing a love interest. So often they force a romance on the audience in the most improbable context. Thankfully,this time they refrained. This is a good flick about hard men fighting a hard war in hard conditions. Humphrey Bogart gives another standout performance - as does all of the cast. This movie I could gladly watch again in a year's time.

    Humphrey Bogart just doesn't date. This movie is as good as many modern offerings and for a while I was able to forget that this is old and in B&W. Some of the photography and the special effects are very convincing. Best of all the producers didn't ruin this good film by introducing a love interest. So often they force a romance on the audience in the most improbable context. Thankfully,this time they refrained. This is a good flick about hard men fighting a hard war in hard conditions. Humphrey Bogart gives another standout performance - as does all of the cast. This movie I could gladly watch again in a year's time.

  • Feb 17, 2018

    One of the best WW2 actioners led by a laconic & poker faced Bogart.

    One of the best WW2 actioners led by a laconic & poker faced Bogart.

  • May 29, 2017

    A very good movie about WW II desert war, men & the human nature.

    A very good movie about WW II desert war, men & the human nature.

  • Dec 09, 2016

    This is not a conventional movie. It is real history in World War 2. At the beginning of the war, most Americans believed that we were losing the war, and we were not sure of victory. Also, it showed the people all British Commonwealth, Free French, and even Italians that fighting the Nazis was necessary. These actors had not seen the Nazi concentration camps. Some idiots would view it is Allied propaganda. We should see as a morality tale to fight the evil Nazis also a great movie. I am always that look seeing the end scene with the graves and Bogart saying "we held them at El Alamein" as a high point in Hollywood.

    This is not a conventional movie. It is real history in World War 2. At the beginning of the war, most Americans believed that we were losing the war, and we were not sure of victory. Also, it showed the people all British Commonwealth, Free French, and even Italians that fighting the Nazis was necessary. These actors had not seen the Nazi concentration camps. Some idiots would view it is Allied propaganda. We should see as a morality tale to fight the evil Nazis also a great movie. I am always that look seeing the end scene with the graves and Bogart saying "we held them at El Alamein" as a high point in Hollywood.

  • Jun 27, 2016

    For a war movie, Sahara isn't as thrilling as you'd expect. Not to say that every war movie has to be full of explosions and gunfire and giant action setpieces: in fact, often times the war movies that focus on characters are more compelling than others, and Sahara tries to be one of those movies. Unfortunately, in this case, the only distinguishable feature of these characters is their racial stereotypes. The film features a diverse cast of characters, including Americans, Brits, Germans, an Italian, and even a Sudanese Muslim, but with this cast comes all of the stereotypes you expect. Because of this lack of characterization, there's never any real impact whenever characters are killed, and that's a pretty necessary aspect of a war movie. With that said, the production values are really solid. The action sequences are full of impressive explosions and sound effects, and the desert setting is captured beautifully on film. A shot towards the climax of the film with hundreds of Nazis approaching the protagonists from afar is particularly stunning. Sahara is fine entertainment for one watch, but for a war movie, there's just not enough emotional impact or characterization to make it stand among the better war movies.

    For a war movie, Sahara isn't as thrilling as you'd expect. Not to say that every war movie has to be full of explosions and gunfire and giant action setpieces: in fact, often times the war movies that focus on characters are more compelling than others, and Sahara tries to be one of those movies. Unfortunately, in this case, the only distinguishable feature of these characters is their racial stereotypes. The film features a diverse cast of characters, including Americans, Brits, Germans, an Italian, and even a Sudanese Muslim, but with this cast comes all of the stereotypes you expect. Because of this lack of characterization, there's never any real impact whenever characters are killed, and that's a pretty necessary aspect of a war movie. With that said, the production values are really solid. The action sequences are full of impressive explosions and sound effects, and the desert setting is captured beautifully on film. A shot towards the climax of the film with hundreds of Nazis approaching the protagonists from afar is particularly stunning. Sahara is fine entertainment for one watch, but for a war movie, there's just not enough emotional impact or characterization to make it stand among the better war movies.

  • May 25, 2015

    By today's standards, the movie is too calculated in its careful ethnic composition of a Texan, a white Southerner, a black Sudanese, and a guy from Brooklyn.  The German characters are all narrowly defined as was the norm in other propaganda pictures during the War.  However, as an adventure, â??Saharaâ?? is well written (by John Howard Lawson and helmer Korda), expertly directed with some exciting action sequences, and particularly strikingly photographed by Rudolph Mate, who deservedly won an Oscar nomination; the winner, however, was Arthur Miller for â??The Song of Bernadette.â??

    By today's standards, the movie is too calculated in its careful ethnic composition of a Texan, a white Southerner, a black Sudanese, and a guy from Brooklyn.  The German characters are all narrowly defined as was the norm in other propaganda pictures during the War.  However, as an adventure, â??Saharaâ?? is well written (by John Howard Lawson and helmer Korda), expertly directed with some exciting action sequences, and particularly strikingly photographed by Rudolph Mate, who deservedly won an Oscar nomination; the winner, however, was Arthur Miller for â??The Song of Bernadette.â??