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Sirocco (1951)





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In Sirocco Humphrey Bogart is cast as Harry Smith, a casino operator in 1925 Damascus. For a tidy profit, Smith runs guns to the Arab insurrectionists attempting to overthrow the French Protectorate. Chastised by French Colonel Feroud (Lee J. Cobb) for his lack of morals and political convictions, Smith merely sneers in agreement. Before long, he has become romantically involved with Feroud's mistress Violetta (Marta Toren), who hopes to use Harry as means of escape to Cairo. Only after being betrayed by the Arabs and roughed up by the French authorities does our "hero" begin to behave ethically -- but by then, it's too late. A weak attempt by Bogart's Santana Productions to duplicate the success of Casablanca.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama
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Humphrey Bogart
as Harry Smith
Lee J. Cobb
as Col. Feroud
Zero Mostel
as Balukjian
Everett Sloane
as Gen. LaSalle
Gerald Mohr
as Maj. Leon
Nick Dennis
as Nasir Aboud
Onslow Stevens
as Emil Hassan
Ludwig Donath
as Flophouse Proprietor
David Bond
as Achmet
Vincent Renno
as Arthur
Märta Torén
as Violette
Peter Ortiz
as Maj. Robbinet
Edward Colmans
as Col. Corville
Al Eben
as Sergeant
Peter Brocco
as Barber
Jay Novello
as Hamal
Harry Guardino
as Lt. Collet
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Critic Reviews for Sirocco

All Critics (4)

Yet another weak imitation of the leegndary Casablanca, with Bogart (who also produced) playing a similar part to Rick.

Full Review… | August 8, 2011

A well-acted but predictable spy thriller set in Damascus, in 1925, when the Syrian insurgents conduct guerrilla warfare against their French occupiers.

Full Review… | July 29, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Ingênuo como o personagem de Lee J. Cobb, o filme é ajudado pela performance deste e, é claro, de Bogart. Ainda assim, a tentativa de recriar a dinâmica de Casablanca falha visivelmente.

November 23, 2005
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for Sirocco


Pretty obvious but weak-sauce attempt at aping 'Casablanca', with Bogart playing a less likable version of his character from that classic film. Marta Toren is also no Ingrid Bergman -- she makes for a pretty but vapid leading lady. The 1920s Damascus setting is interesting, and makes for a visually appealing picture at times, but 'Sirocco' ultimately fails to impress much.

Daryl Kuxhouse
Daryl Kuxhouse

If you're not out of Damascus in twelve hours you'll be shot! In 1925 Damascus, Harry Smith is a gun smuggler taking advantage of the locals fending off the French militia. He meets a French Colonel and the Colonel's girl in a local cantina. The colonel wants Smith to set up a meeting with his weapons supplier. Harry uses this as a chance to steal the Colonel's girl and make some loot behind his back. "I made a monkey out of you." Curtis Bernhardt, director of Possessed, A Stolen Life, Miss Saddie Thompson, Interrupted Melody, High Wall, and Million Dollar Baby, delivers Sirocco. The storyline for this picture was interesting but not outstanding. The characters were fun but kind of cheesy and the script was fairly mediocre. The cast delivers solid performances and includes Humphrey Bogart, Lee Cobb, Everett Sloane, Gerald Mohr, and Zero Mostel. "It's a pity you can only die once." I randomly came across this movie and DVR'd it off a local channel. I was entertained by this picture, but it is far from one of my favorite Bogart movies. He was more of a light hearted character than he generally is, but it wasn't as well written as We're No Angels. Overall, I recommend seeing this if you're a Bogart fan, but I wouldn't go too far out of my way to watch this. "We don't want them going away soft headed." Grade: C+

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

If Casablanca had a creepy brother with no charisma and shitty friends, Sirocco would be that brother. Humphrey Bogart plays what's supposed to be an unlikable version of his usual character. For the most part Sirocco fails, but the bombing scene and Marta Toren help get you through. Zero Mostel was creepy as shit, especially his scene with David Bond where he's firing off all of these pet names for him. It's not a total waste, just kind of a let down.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

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