Casablanca Movie Review 1942

Information and Film Reviews for Casablanca the Movie

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Can you see George Raft as Rick? Jack Warner did, but producer Hal Wallis wanted Bogart. Considered by many to be the best film ever made and one of the most quoted movies of all time, it rocketed Bogart from gangster roles to romantic leads as he and Bergman (who never looked lovelier) sizzle on screen. Bogart runs a gin joint in Morocco during the Nazi occupation, and meets up with Bergman, an old flame, but romance and politics do not mix, especially in Nazi-occupied French Morocco. Greenstreet, Lorre, and Rains all create memorable characters, as does Wilson, the piano player to whom Bergman says the oft-misquoted, "Play it, Sam." Without a doubt, the best closing scene ever written; it was scripted on the fly during the end of shooting, and actually shot several ways. Written from an unproduced play. See it in the original black and white. 50th Anniversary Edition contains a restored and remastered print, the original 1942 theatrical trailer, a film documentary narrated by Lauren Bacall, and a booklet.

Distribution

Home Vision Cinema, c/o Image Entertainment, 20525 Nordhoff St., Ste. 200, Chatsworth, CA 91311, URL: http://www.homevision.com

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 102 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Romantic Drama, Romantic Triangles, World War II, Spies & Espionage, War Between the Sexes, Nazis & Other Paramilitary Slugs, Nightclubs, Adapted from a Play, Top Grossing Films of 1942, The Resistance, Flashback, 4 Bones
Screenplay
Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch
Cast
Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Conrad Veidt, S.Z. Sakall, Dooley Wilson, Marcel Dalio, John Qualen, Helmut Dantine, Madeleine LeBeau, Joy Page, Leonid Kinskey, Curt Bois, Oliver Blake, Monte Blue, Martin Garralaga, Ilka Gruning, Ludwig Stossel, Frank Puglia
Cinematography
Arthur Edeson
Director
Michael Curtiz
Music
Max Steiner
Other
Robert Aisner
Producer
Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner, Warner Bros.

Awards

Oscars 1943: Director (Curtiz), Picture, Screenplay; AFI 1998: Top 100, Natl. Film Reg. 1989.

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