One of the most beloved American films, this captivating wartime adventure of romance and intrigue from director Michael Curtiz defies standard categorization. Simply put, it is the story of Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a world-weary ex-freedom fighter who runs a nightclub in Casablanca during the early part of WWII. Despite pressure from the ...Read MoreOne of the most beloved American films, this captivating wartime adventure of romance and intrigue from director Michael Curtiz defies standard categorization. Simply put, it is the story of Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a world-weary ex-freedom fighter who runs a nightclub in Casablanca during the early part of WWII. Despite pressure from the local authorities, notably the crafty Capt. Renault (Claude Rains), Rick's cafT has become a haven for refugees looking to purchase illicit letters of transit which will allow them to escape to America. One day, to Rick's great surprise, he is approached by the famed rebel Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) and his wife, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), Rick's true love who deserted him when the Nazis invaded Paris. She still wants Victor to escape to America, but now that she's renewed her love for Rick, she wants to stay behind in Casablanca. "You must do the thinking for both of us," she says to Rick. He does, and his plan brings the story to its satisfyingly logical, if not entirely happy, conclusion. Robert Firsching, RoviRead Less
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Great movie, nice to have a pristine copy of it to watch when so moved.
Sep 3, 2009
VHS tape version
I did not get the book, but I got the tape. I had seen the movie way back, years ago in the theater. Enjoyed Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid then, and enjoyed all of their performances again, taped. I am a ww2 navy vet.
Jan 10, 2009
One of the great American classics
Michael Curtiz, the director of CASABLANCA, did an excellent job in telling the story about two lovers who get separated during World War 2.
The lead guy, played by Humphry Bogart, now runs a restaurant in Casablanca. The lead woman, played by Ingrid Bergman, comes in and she is now married to another guy, a real idealistic type.
Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, and Paul Henreid all deliver great performances.
Jul 21, 2008
A Classic Story of Love and War
Casablanca was a quickie, a movie made in the middle of WWII by director Michael Curtiz. It was not a big budget production--the movie's inter-generational appeal lies in the marvelous, restrained acting by Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, and Paul Henreid and the twisting story line. Set in Casablanca during the early years of WWII, the film's story line reunites Bergman and Bogart, lovers in Paris who lost contact as they evacuated that city after the German invasion. All should be perfect but Bergman has her husband with her--a man Bogart knew about (the resistance hero, Henreid) but did not know was married to Bergman. The plot centers on travel documents that will allow two people--a man and a woman--to leave Casablanca. Who will go, who will stay, and why is the question posed and answered. Terrific dialogue, great characters (Peter Lorre, Conrad Veidt); keep an eye on Claude Rains, who delivers many of the film's best lines. One of the screen's great love stories--best seen on a dark, cold, rainy night with someone you love (or really, really like a lot). A classic of cinema, and not to be missed. The first time I saw it (when working at at TV Station in high school), I took the film home and watched it six more times in one all night session. It's that good!