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CASABLANCA - A Best Loved Film 1942 - This is surely an all time favorite of many people although I don't think it is quite up there with Gone With the Wind. This 1942 drama received Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director(Michael Curtiz), and Best Screenplay. It was also nominated for but did not win, Best Actor (Humphrey Bogart), Best Supporting Actor (Claude Rains), Best Cinematography, Best Musical Score(Max Steiner)and best editing. Those are some pretty big accomplishments. Humphrey Bogart stars as a cafe owner Rick, with Ingrid Bergman as his lost love Ilsa. Paul Henreid is her husband. Their lives become entwined in the exotic Moroccan City of Casablanca during the early days of WWII. There are several quotes made very famous by this movie. You may know them & not even know where they came from. "I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship" "Here's looking at you kid," & "Play it Again Sam". Speaking of Play it Again Sam, Dooley Wilson (Sam) was a professional drummer who faked playing the piano. Most people don't know that, good trivia question! This movie would be a welcome addition to any classic movies collection. Enjoy!
The above title should be the real way to remember this classic best movie ever made to be seen. No, the line "Play it again, Sam,"does not exist, but just every other famous lines we all remember does such as "Round up the usual suspects!" The actual move, Casablanca, first released in 1942, has some mistakes as do all movies, but I would have to say for young and old, for the person who lived through it to the acid rocker, this is THE BEST MOVE EVER MADE TO BE SEEN! Is it a love story? Yes! Is it a story of intrigue? Yes! Is it pure entertainment YES! IS IT HUMPHREY BOGART AND INGRID BERGMAN AT THEIR BEST? YES! YES! YES!
The additional disc has the most interesting information yet from interviews with children of the stars, home movies of the stars, what it was like at home with Bogard! Also, a SCENE BY SCENE ANALYSIS BY ROGER EBERT! There is so much more, too!
I WOULD SAY, THIS WAS THE MOST THOUGHTFUL BIRTHDAY GIFT(MY WIFE PRESENTED IT TO ME FOR MY BIRTHDAY) I HAVE EVER RECEIVED. IT BRINGS TEARS TO MY EYES WHEN I WATCH IT (NOT BAD FOR A CRUSTY 56 YEAR OLD GUY)!
If you ever want to purchase a movie set or just a movie that will last a lifetime of watching, this is it! No, there is no"I'll be back special effects" blow em up stuff! Just pure talent: great acting, superb cinematography and absolutely academy award winning directing with Michael Curtiz. He never did anything without a meaning; suit the action to the word, the word to the action.
ALL IN ALL, I'LL BE TRITE, A TRIPLE THUMBS UP!!!!!
This is certainly among the most spirited and ennobling movies ever made. The 1942 Casablanca still wows viewers today, and for good reason. Its unique story of a love triangle set against terribly high stakes in the war against a monster is sophisticated instead of outlandish, intriguing instead of garish. Humphrey Bogart plays the allegedly apolitical club owner in unoccupied French territory that is nevertheless crawling with Nazis; Ingrid Bergman is the lover who mysteriously deserted him in Paris; and Paul Heinreid is her heroic, slightly bewildered husband. Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Conrad Veidt are among what may be the best supporting cast in the history of Hollywood films.
What can you say about a movie that has Humphrey Bogart, and Ingrid Bergman in it, except AWSOME! This is a must have flick! The interaction between them is magical. It's like they were ment to be together! (make's me feel all mushy inside!) If it had been any one else, other than Ingrid, this movie wouldn't be a classic.
The plot revolves around WWII, Rick's cafe (owned by Humphrey Bogart)and the Nazi's in Morocco. Rick, who play's both side's just to play it safe, stick's his neck out for no one. When " IN all gin joint's in all the world, she had to walk in to my place" Ilsa,(Ingrid) re-enter's Rick's like and turn's it inside out.(some how I just knew that was going to happen!)
After a long interlude, that take's us thru they short steamy love affair, we learn how Rick wound up in Morocco, with out IIsa. Make's ya want cry, don't it!
Any way, with the unwittingly help of Peter(Wooo, those eye's)Lorre who got whacked earlier in the flick, paper's that he left with Rick that are kind'a like a "get out of jail early" pass, are now the hot item that the Husband of IIsa is looking for. With the Nazi's closing in for the kill, Rick pull's the "rabit out of the hat trick", dubble crosses his old arch enemy the local constable, and foils the Nazi's plan's on keeping the pair in Morocco. OOOOOh that crazy Rick, well, after we watch Ingrid's plane sore into the fog, Rick make's amend's with the constable, and utter's those immortal word's,
"This look's like the begining of a BEA-UTIFUL friendship"
Fade to black, roll the credit's, grab some Kleenex, and head for the exit!
If you don't have this movie in your collection, I recommend you run, don't walk, to your nearest video store, and snag a copy of this classic for your self! I got mine, now go get your's!
In this Oscar winning classic (which certainly ranks as one of the best movies
ever made), American expat Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) plays host to gamblers, thieves and refugees at his Moroccan nightclub -appropriately name
RICKS, during World War II. What he did not expect was that his ex-love, Isla
(Ingrid Bergman) the woman that broke his heart, would show up one night at
his club. Isla hopes that with Ricks help, she and her fugitive husband (Paul
Henreid) can escape to America to carry on his work against the Nazi s. Both
find out that the spark that brought them together years before still burns
brightly in both hearts. This is a must own movie for Romance Classic and
Classic War Story collectors, plus excellent music to listen too during the
flix. GREAT MOVIE-!!
You could not ask for more from a movie: suspense, action, a love story, a little humor, great acting both lead and supporting characters. Bogart and Bergman are fantastic. Wonderful character actors Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and S.Z. Sakall among others grace the screen.
Also recognized by the Academy for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. It was nominated for 8 Oscars all told including Bogart and the indomitable Claude Rains for Supporting Actor. My wife and I watch it on our anniversary and on St. Valentine's Day every year and have for 15 years now.
One of the finest motion pictures made in the 20th century, Casablanca profits from a perfectly cast group of players. In short, Hollywood's finest, for each of the roles, turned out for this classic picture.
Of course, Bogie and Bergman have been immortalized by the performances they gave in this film. But Claude Rains and Paul Henreid stoled quite a few scenes from each, respectively. Especially Rains!
S.Z. Sakall, Peter Lorre & Sydney Greenstreet couldn't have been better cast or delivered finer performances. As usual, Sakall provides the comic relief; Lorre & Greenstreet, as they did so many times, were the noir-esque pair.
I own the colorized version as well as the B&W original VHS release. Of them, I highly recommend the colorized version. However, this DVD version has many extras that are important to own in order to most fully appreciate all that went into making this amazing fclassic.
Many people snicker or stare at me aghastly when I tell them Casablanca is my favorite movie of all time. What was this guy smoking the day he watched that movie?
I have watched this movie at least twenty times. I mean it's not like I saw it in theateres when it came out. I am only in my twenties, but I appreciate good films - color or black and white, new or old, horror or romance. But anyone who doesn't appreciate this movie should honestly go to Antartica and share their views with the penguins. This movie is a classic, a must-have to any collection. Bogart and Bergman are magical. Claude Rains nearly steals the show. And no matter how many times you see it, it will still grab you each time. If you haVen't seen it, take a chance. On a rainy night, by yourself or with your loved one, make some hot cocoa and enjoy.
I may be going out on a limb but I consider "Casablanca" as much a masterpiece as say "The Creation of Adam" or Beethoven's 9th symphony. To say everything fit perfectly is an understatement. Humphrey Bogart solidified his iconic image as Rick Blaine, a bar owner jaded by an ill fated romance to Ilsa Lund, played by the always beautiful and talented Ingrid Bergman. His world turns around when she visits his jin joint from all the jin joints in all the towns in all the world. The rest is history. The ensemble acting was an amazing compilation of character actors, while Michael Curtiz directing skills complimented this wonderful story. And to think this was considered another movie churned out by the Warner Bros Studios.
The previous review does nothing more than insult this movie. Casablaca is one of the true classics. The plot is more than just that he sees an old flame in his refugee bar. Bogart struggles throughout the movie with his old feelings for the woman he loved and the new life he's made for himself in Casablanca.
This movie probably won't appeal to most of the younger audiance today. The was remastered in Technicolor, so it doesn't look as "pretty" as movies today. Also, most, if not all, of the story was more in the script than in the action. It led to some of the most memorable lines in movie history; "here's looking at you kid" , "we'll always have Paris" , "play it again Sam" (which was never actually said, Bogart never said "again"). However, if your from an older generation, are just a sap for classic love stories, or, like me, are from the new generation but still have a soft spot for classics, you'll LOVE this movie. I can't count the time my girlfriend and I curled up together with a bag of popcorn and feel asleep in each others arms.