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Casablanca (1942)  IMDB   Website
Genre Drama/Romance MPAA NR
Director Michael Curtiz Rating
Writer Murray Burnett Runtime 103 minutes
Producer Jack L. Warner Type Movie
Cinematographer Arthur Edeson Format DVD
Studio Turner Entertainment / Warner Brothers Disk No. 1/1
Language English Edition
Country USA UPC
Color Black and White    
Plot Summary

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In World War II Casablanca, Rick Blaine, exiled American and former freedom fighter, runs the most popular nightspot in town. The cynical lone wolf Blaine comes into the possession of two valuable letters of transit. When Nazi Major Strasser arrives in Casablanca, the sycophantic police Captain Renault does what he can to please him, including detaining Czech underground leader Victor Laszlo. Much to Rick's surprise, Lazslo arrives with Ilsa, Rick's one time love. Rick is very bitter towards Ilsa, who ran out on him in Paris, but when he learns she had good reason to, they plan to run off together again using the letters of transit. Well, that was their original plan....

Summary written by: Gary Jackson {garyjack5@home.com}
Actor / Character

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Humphrey Bogart ..... Richard 'Rick' Blaine, Owner Rick's Cafe Americain
Ingrid Bergman ..... Ilsa Lund Laszlo
Paul Henreid ..... Victor Laszlo
Claude Rains ..... Captain Louis Renault, Prefect of Police
Conrad Veidt ..... Major Heinrich Strasser
Sydney Greenstreet ..... Senor Ferrari, Black Marketeer and Owner of Blue Parrot Cafe
Peter Lorre ..... Ugarte
S.Z. Sakall ..... Carl, the Headwaiter
Madeleine LeBeau ..... Yvonne, Rick's Girlfriend
Dooley Wilson ..... Sam
Joy Page ..... Annina Brandel
John Qualen ..... Berger, Norwegian Jewler/Underground Member
Leonid Kinskey ..... Sascha, Bartender at Rick's Cafe
Curt Bois ..... Pickpocket
Awards

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(1942) Film Daily - 10 Best Films (win) .....
(1942) National Board of Review of Motion Pict - 10 Best Films (win) .....
(1942) New York Film Critics Circle - Best Actor ..... Humphrey Bogart
(1942) New York Film Critics Circle - Best Actress ..... Ingrid Bergman
(1942) New York Film Critics Circle - Best Direction ..... Michael Curtiz
(1942) New York Times - 10 Best Films (win) .....
(1943) Academy - Best Actor (nom) ..... Humphrey Bogart
(1943) Academy - Best Cinematography (nom) ..... Arthur Edeson
(1943) Academy - Best Director (win) ..... Michael Curtiz
(1943) Academy - Best Editing (nom) ..... Owen Marks
(1943) Academy - Best Picture (win) .....
(1943) Academy - Best Score (nom) ..... Max Steiner
(1943) Academy - Best Screenplay (win) ..... Philip G. Epstein
(1943) Academy - Best Screenplay (win) ..... Julius J. Epstein
(1943) Academy - Best Screenplay (win) ..... Howard W. Koch
(1943) Academy - Best Supporting Actor (nom) ..... Claude Rains
(1945) National Board of Review of Motion Pict - 10 Best Films .....
(1989) Library of Congress - U.S. National Film Registry (win) .....
(1998) American Film Institute - 100 Greatest American Movies (win) .....
Review

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There are many people for whom Casablanca is the greatest Hollywood movie ever made, and, while that may be going a bit far, one would be hard-pressed to think of another film in which the pieces fell together with such serendipity. It's hard to imagine a movie in which the leads are better cast; Humphrey Bogart's tough, effortless cool gives Rick the ideal balance of honor and cynicism, Ingrid Bergman's luminous beauty makes it seem reasonable that men would fight for Ilsa's affections, and Paul Henreid's Victor is cold enough that you can imagine Ilsa's being tempted by her old flame. The supporting cast is superb down the line; Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Dooley Wilson, and S.Z. Sakall are all so memorable that one tends to forget that none is onscreen for very long. The screenplay often walks the border of cliché, but the story has just enough twists, and the dialogue so much snap, that it stays compelling throughout. And Michael Curtiz knew just when to turn on the schmaltz and when to cut it off. Casablanca blends romance, suspense, humor, and patriotic drama with such skill that one imagines it must have happened by accident, and the movie looks better with each passing year. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll cheer, and the good guys strike a blow against Fascism --- what more could you want from a movie? --- Mark Deming

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