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Casablanca

60th Anniversary Special Edition DVD

Friday the 24th of October


Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
--Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart)

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USA: 1942 -- Directed by Michael Curtiz
Written by Julius and Philip Epstein and Howard Koch
Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre

Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.
--Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine


A truly perfect movie, the 1942 Casablanca still wows viewers today, and for good reason. Its unique story of a love triangle set against terribly high stakes in the war against a monster is sophisticated instead of outlandish, intriguing instead of garish. Humphrey Bogart plays the allegedly apolitical club owner in unoccupied French territory that is nevertheless crawling with Nazis; Ingrid Bergman is the lover who mysteriously deserted him in Paris; and Paul Heinreid is her heroic, slightly bewildered husband. Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Conrad Veidt are among what may be the best supporting cast in the history of Hollywood films. This is certainly among the most spirited and ennobling movies ever made.

Hope to see you there. I'll save you an aisle seat and a request for my piano player.

Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart Paul Henreid, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, and Humphrey Bogart

Awards

Won Oscar for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay

Nominated for Oscars for Best Actor in a Leading Role - Humphrey Bogart, Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Claude Rains, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, Best Film Editing and Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture

Voted into the National Film Registry, 1989

Ranks #7 on the Internet Movie Database's Top 250 Movies

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Memorable Quotes

Rick Blaine: You played it for her, you can play it for me!
Sam: [lying] Well, I don't think I can remember--
Rick Blaine: If she can stand it, I can! Play it!

Ilsa Lund: Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time.

Rick Blaine: We'll always have Paris. We didn't have, we, we lost it until you came to Casablanca. We got it back last night.

Rick Blaine: And remember, this gun is pointed right at your heart.
Captain Louis Renault: That is my least vulnerable spot.

Captain Louis Renault: Major Strasser has been shot. Round up the usual suspects.

Rick Blaine: Here's looking at you, kid.

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Casablanca set Airport Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre

Trivia

No one knew right up until the filming of the last scene whether Ilsa would end up with Rick or Laszlo. During the course of the picture, when Ingrid Bergman asked director Michael Curtiz with which man her character was in love, she was told to "play it in between". Since the ending was not the final scene shot, there are some scenes where she *was* aware of how everything would turn out, and these include the scene in the black market with Rick and the scene in the Blue Parrot where Ferrari offers the Laszlos one exit visa.

Dooley Wilson (Sam) was a professional drummer who faked playing the piano. As the music was recorded at the same time as the film, the piano playing was actually a recording of a performance by Elliot Carpenter who was playing behind a curtain but who was positioned such that Dooley could watch, and copy, his hand movements.

Producer Hal B. Wallis nearly made the character Sam a female. Hazel Scott, Lena Horne, and Ella Fitzgerald were considered for the role.

The budget was so small they couldn't use a real plane in the background at the airport. Instead, it is a small cardboard cutout. To give the illusion that the plane was full-sized, they used midgets to portray the crew preparing the plane for take-off.

Many of the actors who played the Nazis were Jewish.

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Goofs

Continuity: A knight on the chessboard disappears momentarily in the opening chess game.

Plot holes: There never was such a thing as a letter of transit.

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Humphrey Bogart and Dooley Wilson Humphrey Bogart outside Rick's Cafe