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Casablanca

(DVD - 1999 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Casablanca
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In World War II Morocco, seething with European refugees desperate for passage to neutral Lisbon, only a world-weary and bitter nightclub owner can help his former lover and her Resistance-hero husband escape from the Nazis.
Title: Casablanca
[videorecording]
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c1999.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: CPL DVD# 1320478
Dual-layer disc.
Standard version screen format.
From a play by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison.
Videodisc release of the 1942 motion picture.
Rated PG.
Special features: documentary"You must remember this," hosted by Lauren Bacall and featuring recently unearthed outtakes; all-new introduction by Lauren Bacall; theatrical trailers.
Summary: In World War II Morocco, seething with European refugees desperate for passage to neutral Lisbon, only a world-weary and bitter nightclub owner can help his former lover and her Resistance-hero husband escape from the Nazis.
Awards & Distinctions: Academy Award winner: Best Picture, 1943.
Local Note: 6 27 33 35 56 109 118 133 138 143 151 152 156 167 172 173 175 177 188 198 203 210 216 222 226 228 231 242 244 262 274
Alternate Title: You must remember this.
ISBN: 079074399X
Statement of Responsibility: Warner Brothers Pictures presents a Hal B. Wallis production ; directed by Michael Curtiz ; screenplay by Julius J. and Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch
Credits: Director of photography, Arthur Edeson ; film editor, Owen Marks ; music by Max Steiner.
Performers: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre.
System Details: DVD; Dolby digital, mono.
Other Language: Includes English and French language tracks, with optional English and French subtitles.
Closed-captioned.
Subject Headings: World War, 1939-1945 Refugees Drama. World War, 1939-1945 Underground movements Drama. Resistance movements, War Drama. Morocco History 20th century Drama. Film adaptations. War films.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired-1999.
Feature films-1999.
DVD-Video discs-1999.
Topical Term: World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
Resistance movements, War
Film adaptations.
War films.
Publisher No: 65008
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Sep 13, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Casablanca" is an amazing movie. The director is Michael Curtiz. He directed 172 movies, and "Casablanca" is by far his best. I have to think his wide experience helped him make this masterpiece. He picked a wonderful cast in Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Sydney Greenstreet, Claude Rains and Peter Lorre. Each is perfect for their parts. Humphrey Bogart as the owner of Rick's Nightclub is as cool as they come. Great movies need a great cinematographer and here Curtiz picked Arthur Edeson. He was also the cinematographer on the "Maltese Falcon". The look of "Casablanca" is one of mystery. Most of the story takes place at night and in fog. Only a master cinematographer could handle such challenging conditions. The lighting of the scenes is very special and captures the tension of the movie. I have watched this movie many times and yet is always entertaining. It is like watching a flawless dance performance. The pace of the movie is always thrilling and the ending a surprise. You won't be disappointed with "Casablanca". It is one of America's Finest Movies Ever Made!

Sep 06, 2014
  • 22950006357453 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

big question; did rick and ilsa have sex when she went to him the night before the plane left?

Aug 23, 2014
  • rslade rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A classic. Action, wit, grand passion, and anti-Nazi propaganda. Still worth watching repeatedly after seventy years, even though made in a rush on a low budget.

Jun 13, 2014
  • jazeebelle rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Once again, no one can say it better than you Libraryman!

Jun 13, 2014
  • Libraryman1_0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The film has over the years since it's 1942 release garnered it's own legacy and reputation as of the greatest American Movies of all time. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman really bring this picture into prominence, and there are so many key moments that are memorable. The best being the conclusion where Rick and Ilsa part for the last time and he utters the famous " Here's lookin at you kid" speech, and the final closing shot with Bogie and Claude Rains where Rick (Bogart) says " You know something Louie? This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship"! Casablanca was a once in a lifetime motion picture that can be viewed again and again for a lifetime!

Sep 25, 2013
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of those movies you can watch every ten years or maybe every year. It does not have ground-breaking technique like some of the greatest films in film history, but it is a great love story and a great story about patriotism, courage, and wisdom.

Aug 20, 2013
  • 2101kol rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The chemistry between the two leads is very believable.

Jul 14, 2013
  • Ryan Akler-Bishop rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In 1942, Michael Curtiz directed a film that has altered that altered the way we saw cinema from then until now. Ranked as the third greatest film of all time by the American Film Institute, “Casablanca” is a milestone in the progression of cinema. Although over 70 years have passed since it’s original release, it doesn’t feel remotely dated. But what truly makes “Casablanca” the enduring film it’s been said to be? The character? The story? The cinematography? The ending? All of the above.

“Casablanca” depicts the story of a lonesome nightclub owner, named Rick (Humphrey Bogart), in Nazi occupied Africa during World War II. The terrible circumstance in Casablanca are immediately established as we observe the desperate measures people go through to escape. But everything changes one night when Rick notices a face from his past stepping into his nightclub. The face belongs to Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman), a woman who’d left him in Paris many years in the past. She’s married to an underground rebellion leader, named Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). They plan on taking Rick’s tickets out of Casablanca... at least until the past comes into play.

Every single character in the film works exactly as they were supposed to. Rick creates a connection through the audience through his respectable heroism, while remaining a realistic character we can identify with. He’s not your typical Errol Flynn-type hero. Rick Blaine is bitter and cold, but he always makes the right decision. It’s strange, that he goes down as potentially the greatest hero in the history of cinema, but he still has a bitter disposition. What “Casablanca” manages to do, is evaluate the truth of human nature; and see if there’s indeed any good down there.

Ilsa Lund should be easily hated from the moment we learn about her past with Rick. Yet, director Michael Curitz adds a touch of realism to her character, making it not long before we’re capable of sympathizing with both her and Rick. It’s astonishing, since it’s as though we can sympathize with both sides of the scenario. It takes true talent of a filmmaker to bring this to light.

As time goes by, Technicolor has began to look dated and unrealistic. Yet, to this day, most black and white cinematography is still as sharp as it first looked. I cannot possibly imagine watching “Casablanca” in colour. The magic of the film emerges partially through the beautiful black and white. Seeing how the lack of colour shows the faces of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman staring into each other’s eyes is what makes this film so iconic. The way the camera captures the cigarette smoke in the air is what creates the film’s atmosphere. In the end, everything returns to the gorgeous black and white photography.

But what truly makes “Casablanca” so poignant and an important a film today as it was the day of it’s release? The great Roger Ebert describes “Casablanca” as “It is about a man and a woman who are in love, and who sacrifice love for a higher purpose.” I quote Ebert on this occasion because there is no possibility I could ever surpass this accurate an explanation. Whether we notice it or not, most romance films depict love as being a selfish thing, but “Casablanca” takes the romance genre into a completely separate direction. These are genuine heroes because they don’t allow their selfish emotions to surpass the greater goal of defeating the Nazi empire. These are never selfish people, and that’s what makes “Casablanca” the redeeming film it’s been said to be for years.

Jun 20, 2013
  • GerryD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Considered one of the Top 10 classic 'English' movies (my researched #3). This is the best Romance film followed by "Gone with the Wind" at #15. _____ As an aside, how can so many of the classic movies on this site end up with an Average Rating of two stars out of five? Why are these individuals assigning stars of 0.5 and 1, given the fact they seldom take the time to provide Comments to support their low ratings? _____See my GerryD Lists for other classic movies.

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Jul 14, 2013
  • Ryan Akler-Bishop rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Jun 25, 2010
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Jun 25, 2010
  • mbazal rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Casablanca: easy to enter, but much harder to leave, especially if your name is on the Nazis' most-wanted list. Atop that list is Czeck Resistance leader Victor Laszlo, whose only hope is Rick Blaine, a cynical American who sticks his neck out for no one...especially Victor's wife Ilsa, the ex-lover who broke his heart. So when Ilsa offers herself in exchange for Laszlo's safe transport out of the country, the bitter Rick must decide what's more important - his own happiness or the countless lives that hang in the balance.

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Apr 20, 2013
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill

Apr 19, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.” –Thomas Jefferson

Apr 19, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

Apr 19, 2013
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.” -Winston Churchill

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Rick: "I'M the only "cause" I'm interested in."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Major Strasser: "What is your nationality?" Rick: "I'm a drunkard." Captain Renault: "That makes Rick a citizen of the world."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Rick: "...Inside of us, we both know you belong with Victor. You're part of his work, the thing that keeps him going. If that plane leaves the ground and you're not with him, you'll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life." Ilsa: "But what about us?" Rick: "We'll always have Paris. We didn't have, we... we lost it until you came to Casablanca. We got it back last night..."

"I'm shocked, SHOCKED to find that gambling is going on in here!"

Jun 25, 2010
  • mbazal rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Here's to looking at you kid."

"Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."

Apr 06, 2009
  • zorg rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

this it going to be the beginning of a
beautiful friendship.

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