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Casablanca (1942)

aka Casablanca

"They had a date with fate in Casablanca!"

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Details: 102 mins · English, French, Italiano, German · PG (USA)

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Best Film Ever

I sit here now, upon my throne of thousands of DVD cases and their discarded cellophane wrappers, to proclaim to the masses that 1942's “Casablanca” is the greatest movie in cinematic history.

Now, some of you may be screaming “Nay! No black and white film could hold a candle to MY favorite film!” But you must remember: black and white films came FIRST.

“Casablanca” is so great because of the simple fact that it was a black and white movie. Movies from the forties, fifties and the early sixties were predominantly filmed in B&W, since techniques for coloring motion pictures didn't reach prevalence until the late sixties. I have been drawn to films from the monochrome eras my entire life. I fell in love with how well filmmakers of yesteryear were able to capture so much in a movie in spite of the absence of color, something we would normally take for granted (most of us see in color, after all).

Secondly, the cast was, at the time, the most stellar cast ever crammed into one mot...(more)

I sit here now, upon my throne of thousands of DVD cases and their discarded cellophane wrappers, to proclaim to the masses that 1942's “Casablanca” is the greatest movie in cinematic history.

Now, some of you may be screaming “Nay! No black and white film could hold a candle to MY favorite film!” But you must remember: black and white films came FIRST.

“Casablanca” is so great because of the simple fact that it was a black and white movie. Movies from the forties, fifties and the early sixties were predominantly filmed in B&W, since techniques for coloring motion pictures didn't reach prevalence until the late sixties. I have been drawn to films from the monochrome eras my entire life. I fell in love with how well filmmakers of yesteryear were able to capture so much in a movie in spite of the absence of color, something we would normally take for granted (most of us see in color, after all).

Secondly, the cast was, at the time, the most stellar cast ever crammed into one motion picture, especially the lead roles: Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine, Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Lund and Paul Henreid as Victor Lazlo. The cast has been noted and praised for its internationalism, as only three of the credited cast members were born in the US, Bogart being one of them.

Their performances were all critically acclaimed by the New York Times and the trade paper Variety at the time of the film's release, especially Bogart's. Variety said "Bogart, as might be expected, is more at ease as the bitter and cynical operator of a joint than as a lover, but handles both assignments with superb finesse."

Another reason the movie is so fantastic is its superb and almost flawless combination of several genres of movies. When I first watched it, I noted the romantic and historical aspects of it, but every time I watched it thereafter, I began to notice more and more. At this point, I can see not only the romance and the history, but the drama, action, comedy, intrigue and the deep sense of the film as several smaller films condensed into one grandiose masterpiece.

In conclusion, “Casablanca” is not just the source of movie quotes still used today, or another old movie you dismiss as “too old”. “Casablanca” has left a legacy that no other film, not even “Citizen Kane”, can hope to match. So, if you and I can agree that this movie is the greatest movie of all time, then I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Just don't mention Paris. It's bad for business. (less)

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Yay, we have the beginning of a beautiful friendship!

This is not my favorite movie, but I am perfectly happy agreeing it's the greatest movie of all time. I have very little patience for old movies, especially b&w ones, but this one captivated me from start to finish.

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Easy to see why it's so enduring and iconic.

When you watch Casablanca for the first time, it's easy to see why the film is so enduring and iconic. Its relationships and politics are complex, its cinematography is beautiful, its dialogue is whip-smart, and its performances are dynamite. The most amazing thing about it though, is how it presents its characters as human beings with incredible nuance. Even Nazis in the movie come across as complicated, fully formed people. It best demonstrates this ability to convey intricate human qualities with the relationship between its central lovers. Seeing the profound difference in the way Rick (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) act toward each other when they are a couple and when they aren't, not only accentuates how gifted each actor is, but it shows how good the film's writing and directing is as well.

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one of the all-time greats

I can see why this film is considered one of the greatest of all time. Captivating, romantic, and surprising; filled with great lines and great actors in service of an amazing story. If I had the DVD and a friend named Sam held the remote, I’d say, “Play it again, Sam.”

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Cast:

Small Rick Blaine
Small Ilsa Lund Laszlo
Small Victor Laszlo
Small Capt. Louis Renault
Small Maj. Heinrich Strasser
Small Signor Ferrari
Small Signor Ugarte
No_movie_poster Yvonne
Small Sam
No_movie_poster Annina Brandel
Small Berger
Small Sascha
Small Pickpocket
Small Emil
Small Jan Brandel
No_movie_poster German officer with Yvonne
Small Carl
Small Cyrano de Bergerac

Crew:

No_movie_poster Arthur Edeson Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Jack L. Warner Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Julius J. Epstein Screenplay
No_movie_poster Philip G. Epstein Screenplay
No_movie_poster Owen Marks Editor
No_movie_poster Max Steiner Original Music Composer
Small Michael Curtiz Director
No_movie_poster Hal B. Wallis Producer
No_movie_poster Carl Jules Weyl Art Direction
No_movie_poster George James Hopkins Set Decoration
No_movie_poster Orry-Kelly Costume Design
No_movie_poster Perc Westmore Makeup Artist
No_movie_poster Francis J. Scheid Sound Designer
No_movie_poster Harvey Parry Stunts
No_movie_poster Murray Burnett Author
No_movie_poster Joan Alison Author
No_movie_poster Howard Koch Screenplay
No_movie_poster Casey Robinson Screenplay
No_movie_poster Murray Burnett Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Joan Alison Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Owen Marks Editing

Taglines:

"They had a date with fate in Casablanca!"

"As big and timely a picture as ever you've seen! You can tell by the cast it's important! Gripping! Big!"

Plot:

It is early December 1941. American expatriate Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) is the proprietor of an upscale nightclub and gambling den in Casablanca. "Rick's Café Américain" attracts a varied clientele: Vichy French, Italian, and German officials; refugees desperate to reach the still neutral United States; and those who prey on them. Although Rick professes to be neutral in all matters, it is later revealed he ran guns to Ethiopia and fought on the Loyalist side in the Spanish Civil War.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1942-11-26 : United States of America

Theatrical : 1942-12-07 : Brazil

Theatrical : 1942-12-09 : Argentina

Theatrical : 1943-01-23 : United States of America

Theatrical : 1943-03-04 : Mexico

Theatrical : 1943-04-09 : Uruguay

Theatrical : 1943-07-07 : China

Theatrical : 1943-10-11 : Greece

Theatrical : 1943-10-11 : Sweden

Theatrical : 1944-06-15 : Australia

Theatrical : 1945-05-17 : Portugal

Theatrical : 1945-12-28 : Finland

Theatrical : Turkey

Theatrical : 1946-06-20 : Japan

Theatrical : 1946-10-04 : Italy

Theatrical : 1946-12-19 : Madrid

Theatrical : 1947-04-04 : Netherlands

Theatrical : 1947-05-23 : France

Theatrical : 1947-07-31 : Belgium

Theatrical : 1948-07-01 : Hong Kong

Theatrical : 1948-09-10 : Austria

Theatrical : 1949-06-18 : United States of America

Theatrical : 1950-03-16 : Davao

Theatrical : 1951-06-04 : Denmark

Theatrical : 1952-08-29 : West Germany

Theatrical : 1962-07-20 : Finland

Theatrical : 1963-07-16 : Denmark

Theatrical : 1983-11-25 : Finland

Theatrical : 1985-05-30 : Ghent

Theatrical : 1992-04-10 : United States of America

Theatrical : 1992-07-03 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 1992-09-10 : Australia

Theatrical : 1992-09-24 : Argentina

Theatrical : 2000-09-16 : Japan

Theatrical : 2002-07-18 : Germany

Theatrical : 2002-12-06 : Norway

Theatrical : 2003-10-09 : Czech Republic

Theatrical : 2005-01-19 : France

Theatrical : 2005-04-01 : China

Theatrical : 2007-02-14 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 2009-09-25 : Poland

Theatrical : 2010-06-24 : Netherlands

Theatrical : 2010-09-16 : Greece

Theatrical : 2012-02-10 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 2012-10-11 : Argentina

Theatrical : 2012-11-22 : Chile

Television : 1983-09-06 : German Democratic Republic

DVD : 2010-02-02

DVD : 2008-12-02

DVD : 1998-11-17

DVD : 2001-10-23

DVD : 2003-11-04

DVD : 2006-10-03

DVD : 2003-08-05

DVD : 2000-02-15

1998-11-26 : Mexico

2010-04-22 : United States of America

2010-09-08 : Canada

2010-11-20 : Japan

2013-02-10 : Germany