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  1. 14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Underrated Bogie Film, June 4, 2006
    By 
    Utah Blaine (Somewhere on Trexalon in District 268) –

    This review is from: Sirocco (DVD)

    This is a film about the French military occupation of Syria after World War I. The French were given Syria after the destruction of the Ottoman Empire as a mandate by the League of Nations, and are engaged in a guerilla war with the Syrian natives who are fighting for their independence. Bogie plays the role of a quasi-legitimate businessman in Damascus who is illegally selling weapons to the Arabs. This film was not well received by critics when first released in the early 50s, and is still not widely acclaimed by Bogie fans 50+ years later. As a great fan of Bogie myself, I’m a bit puzzled by this reaction to the film. While I agree that this is not up to the standards of Bogie’s great films, this film is not as bad as it’s detractors make it out to be. This is the type of film and the type of character that Bogie was meant to play: the gritty, morally ambiguous, profiteer who lives somewhere between the good guys and the bad guys. In fact, one thing that I really like about this film is that there is a surprising level of moral ambiguity at the beginning. Both the French and the Arabs claim the moral high ground, and the story line lends legitimacy to each sides claims. Bogie darts between the protagonists not caring who is right or wrong. Unlike most Bogie of the best films, he really does lie uncaringly in the middle for most of this film (perhaps this is why it is not well regarded – he really doesn’t play a very sympathetic character in this picture, although in the end, Bogie finds his moral compass and `tries to do the right thing’). Overall this is an interesting, if not outstanding, story. I would give it 3.5 stars if I could (rounding to four because of Bogie and to balance out some of the other more negative reviews). At $22, this is probably not a film I would recommend for someone other than a hardcore Bogie fan to purchase, but it is definitely worth watching. Marta Toren, the love interest in the film, doesn’t really inspire any fireworks. Lee J. Cobb does a good job as the conflicted French intelligence officer. The story itself is very good, although undone a bit by a weak ending.

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  2. 7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Sirocco – Same old Bogie, March 13, 2004
    By 
    Michael J Wareham (Milton, Canada,) –

    This review is from: Sirocco (DVD)

    Bogie could do this type of role with his eyes closed, and possibly did, but it’s far superiour than what many of the actors today can turn out. It’s certainly not the best Bogie ever done, but he’s just creating, once again, his role of Rick Blaine from Casasblanca and I can watch this very fine actor do that time after time after time. Marta Toren as the female lead was good to look at in any scene, and Lee J Cobb was at his pre-”On the Waterfront” smoldering best. Zero Mostel was Zero Mostel, what can one say about another master at his craft? All in all it was worth watching and brought back memories to me of when actors had to learn their craft and not just be good looking with a great body. Thank you.

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  3. 5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    A tedious romantic drama in the “Casablanca” vein but with none of the magic…, January 13, 2007
    By 
    Roberto Frangie “Robert” (Leon, Gto. Mexico) –
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    This review is from: Sirocco (DVD)

    Bogart seemed destined for a painful end as he plied his despicable trade in a tale set in French-occupied Damascus around 1925…

    Casting his lot between the French and Syrians, depending upon which suits his own greedy plan most profitably, he earns the enmity of both sides…

    There were good supporting performances by Lee J. Cobb, thumping his desk as usual as a French colonel, and Everett Sloane as a volatile general, but the film was of little consequence and a sorry end to Bogart’s solo production credits…

    “Sirocco” remains a tedious romantic drama in the “Casablanca” vein but with none of the magic…

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