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Director: Michael Curtiz; Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman; Release Date: January 08, 2008

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My favorite classic film - Casablanca

  • Nov 5, 2011
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What's the film about?
Its hard to say what this film is about.  Its a war movie, its a romantic movie, its a period drama.  Yet its none of these and at the same time all of these.  In my opinion its a timeless movie about two people who are reunited at the wrong place and at the wrong time.  Yet its the right place and the perfect time for the story.   

Who was the classic actor/actress?  Humphrey Bogart was never better.  Ingrid Bergman was never more beautiful.  Paul Henreid in one of his best roles.  Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, and Sidney Greenstreet round out the classic actors in this film.    Its hard to imagine a cast this talented all in one film.   


Why did you choose this film?  Many critics consider Gone With The Wind to be the classic movie that all others are compared to for some reason.  It has the scope, the beautiful technicolor, and all that is needed to qualify it for this honor.  But without the scope, the color, and the huge dramatic background, Casablanca far surpasses Gone With The Wind for me.  Is touches on so many emotional levels.  


What's the bottom line?  Its my favorite movie.  The classic dialogue, the music, As Time Goes By, Bogey and Bergman, Bogey and Rains, Greenstreet and Lorre.  This movie has it all.


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November 05, 2011
I always saw Casablanca for the romantic overtones.
November 05, 2011
This is always a toss-up for me between CASABLANCA and CITIZEN KANE, with BLADE RUNNER running close in the mix. I often say that CASABLANCA is number one for 'watching' while the other two are number one for "best made (technical)" films.
November 05, 2011
You make a good point and I tend to agree with you. I would never call Citizen Kane or Blade Runner my favorite films, but they are best made techinical films. I love The Last Picture Show and in terms of viewing it probably number two for me right after Casablanca.
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Quick Tip by . August 10, 2010
"Casablanca" is my favorite Boggie movie.  It has great storyline, great dialogue, (sorely missing in most modern movies), great cast.  Ingrid Bergman is the BOMB!!!  The entire cast was absolutely great, major and minor players, many who by the way were refugees from war torn Europe themselves.  Great music.  A must see classic!!       I am a retired Army officer.  Soldiers have a well known phrase among themselves for whenever …
Quick Tip by . July 25, 2010
Everyone I know loves Casablanca or at least knows about it. Everyone should watch this movie at least once in their life - a true treasure of a film.
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World War II Morocco springs to life in Michael Curtiz's (THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, YANKEE DOODLE DANDY) classic love story. Colorful characters abound in Casablanca, a waiting room for Europeans trying to escape Hitler's war-torn Europe. Humphrey Bogart plays Richard "Rick" Blaine, a cynical but good-hearted American whose cafi is the gathering place for everyone from the French Police to the black market to the Nazis. When his long-lost love, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), surfaces in Casablanca with her Resistance leader husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), Rick is pulled into both a love triangle and a web of political intrigue. Ilsa and Victor need to escape from Casablanca, and Rick may be the only one who can help them. The question is, will he?

Top-notch performances include Claude Rains as the chief of the French police and the major authority figure in Unoccupied France, Peter Lorre as the doomed Senor Ugarte, Sydney Greenstreet as Senor Ferrari, and Dooley Wilson as Rick's loyal fri...
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