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Casablanca
- Humphrey Bogart

Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview

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 café 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 friend and the café's pianist, Sam. The mesmerizing musical score, by Max Steiner, along with the well-structured plot, flawless acting, and unforgettable dialogue makes this one of the best films of all time.

Awards:
1943 - Academy Awards - Best Picture Winner
1943 - Academy Awards - Best Director Winner
1942 - Academy Awards - Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award Winner
1943 - Academy Awards - Best Adapted Screenplay Winner

Cast List

Jack L. Warner - Warner Brothers Movie Mogul
Jack Warner - Warner Brothers Movie Mogul
Conrad Veidt - Actor, director, producer
George Meeker - Actor
Gino Corrado - Character Actor, CITIZEN KANE
Norma Varden - British Character Actress
Claude Rains - British actor, CASABLANCA, NOTORIOUS, MR. SKEFFINGTON
Curt Bois - German actor, WINGS OF DESIRE
Kurt Bois - German actor, WINGS OF DESIRE
Philip G. Epstein - American Screenwriter
S.Z. Sakall - Hungarian actor
S.Z 'Cuddles' Sakall - Hungarian actor
Szoke Szakall (II) - Hungarian actor
S.K. Sakall - Hungarian actor
Julius J. Epstein - American Screenwriter, CASABLANCA (1942)
Max Steiner - Score composer
John Qualen - Character Actor
Torben Meyer - Danish silent actor
Paul Porcasi
Paul Henreid - Austrian Actor/Director
Paul Von Hernreid - Austrian Actor/Director
Olaf Hytten - Actor
Leonid Kinskey - Actor
Owen Marks - Editor
Hal B. Wallis - Producer of over 400 Hollywood movies
Harold Brent Wallis - Producer of over 400 Hollywood movies
Martin Garralaga - Supporting Actor/1940s
Carl Jules Weyl - Art Director\1940s
Leon Belasco - Comic Actor
Ludwig Stossel - Austrian Character Actor
Ingrid Bergman - Oscar winning Swedish actress, GASLIGHT
Joy Page - Actress, FIGHTER ATTACK, CASABLANCA
Joy Cerrette Paige - Actress, FIGHTER ATTACK, CASABLANCA
Howard Koch - Screenwiter, CASABLANCA (1942, THE SEA HAWK (1940)
Peter Lorre - Slovakian actor, CASABLANCA, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
László Löwenstein - Slovakian actor, CASABLANCA, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
Marcel Dalio - French Actor
Israel Blauschild - French Actor
Alberto Morin - Puerto Rican actor, GONE WITH THE WIND, RIO GRANDE, CASABLAN
Salvador R. Lopez - Puerto Rican actor, GONE WITH THE WIND, RIO GRANDE, CASABLAN
Arthur Edeson
Orry-Kelly
Michael Curtiz - Director, CASABLANCA (1942)
Mihaly Kertesz - Director, CASABLANCA (1942)
Michael Kertesz - Director, CASABLANCA (1942)
Michael Courtice - Director, CASABLANCA (1942)
Helmut Dantine - Actor/Producer/Executive
Dan Seymour - American Character Actor
Dooley Wilson - African American actor/musician, CASABLANCA
Frank Puglia - Character Actor/In USA
Humphrey Bogart - Oscar winning american actor, CASABLANCA, THE AFRICAN QUEEN
Humphrey DeForest Bogart - Oscar winning american actor, CASABLANCA, THE AFRICAN QUEEN
Madeline LeBeau - French actress, CASABLANCA
Madeline Le Beau - French actress, CASABLANCA
Hans Von Twardowski
Sydney Greenstreet - British Character Actor
Monte Blue - American Actor
Creighton Hale - Irish Character Actor

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Run Time: 102
  • Color Format: B&W
  • UPC: 883929243723
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: May 2012

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
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Notes:
CASABLANCA was an original selection to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1989. "As Time Goes By," the song that became this film's anthem, not to mention theme song, was originally written for the Broadway musical EVERYBODY'S WELCOME, which opened on October 13, 1931 and ran for 139 performances. The composer, Herman Hupfeld, was also known for the song "When Yuba Plays the Rumba on the Tuba." The film's producer, Hal B. Wallis, was awarded the Academy's Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1943. In his 1995 memoir MY AMERICAN JOURNEY, General Colin Powell lists CASABLANCA as one of his favorite films. Additional credits: Hugh MacMullan (dialogue director), Robert Aisner (technical adviser). Copyright 1943 Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.

Reviews:
"...Absolutely sound, rock-solid in its use of Hollywood studio craftsmanship....The black-and-white cinematography has not aged as color would. The dialogue is so spare and cynical it has not grown old-fashioned..." - 09/15/1996 Chicago Sun-Times, p.5


"...One of the most perfect Hollywood movies ever made..." - 08/08/2003 Entertainment Weekly, p.57


"Possibly the most famous film ever made, CASABLANCA has everything..." - 07/01/2000 Total Film, p.118


"...Here Humphrey Bogart transformed himself into a romantic hero..." - 12/01/2003 Premiere, p.5


"Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart provide the chemistry that sets this apart from countless other tales of doomed wartime love affairs." - 03/01/2004 Sight and Sound, p.75

 
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