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Casablanca: easy to enter, but much harder to leave, especially if you're wanted by the Nazis. Such a man is Resistance leader Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid), whose only hope is Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a cynical American who sticks his neck out for no one, especially Victor's wife Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), the ex-lover who broke his heart. Ilsa offers herself in exchange for Laszlo's transport out of the country and bitter Rick must decide what counts more - personal happiness or countless lives hanging in the balance.

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 206584606
UPC 012569797710
UPC 14 00012569797710
Format DVD
Release Date 1/8/2008
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Actors
Name Bogart,Humphrey
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Arthur Edeson - Cinematographer
Carl Jules Weyl - Art Director
Claude Rains - Actor
Dooley Wilson - Actor
Hal B. Wallis - Producer
Humphrey Bogart - Actor
Ingrid Bergman - Actor
Jack L. Warner - Executive Producer
Joan Alison - Based On Play By
Julius J. Epstein, et. al. - Screenplay
Madeleine LeBeau - Actor
Max Steiner - Original Music By
Michael Curtiz - Director
Murray Burnett - Based On Play By
Owen Marks - Editor
Paul Henreid - Actor
Peter Lorre - Actor
Sydney Greenstreet - Actor
Awards
Winner (1944) Oscar, Michael Curtiz, Best Director,Oscar, Casablanca, Best Picture,Oscar, Julius J. Epstein, et. al., Best Writing, Screenplay
Nominee (1944) Oscar, Humphrey Bogart, Best Actor in a Leading Role,Oscar, Arthur Edeson, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White,Oscar, Owen Marks, Best Film Editing,Oscar, Max Steiner, Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture,Oscar, Claude Rains, Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review It's probably no stretch to say that Casablanca, arguably America's best-loved movie, has had more words written about it than any other motion picture. Over the years since its 1943 release, the legends and rumors surrounding the making of the film have generated almost as much attention as the finished product. Some of the best-known and most often repeated anecdotes include producer Hal B. Wallis' near-casting of Ronald Reagan and Ann Sheridan as Rick and Ilsa, the existence of two scripts for the last day of shooting (one version had the ending as filmed; the other, unproduced version kept Rick and Ilsa together), and the reported backstage tension between several of the principal actors...Ultimately, however, while it's fascinating to examine and dissect all that went into the making of Casablanca, the greatest pleasure anyone can derive from this movie comes through simply watching it. Aside from some basic knowledge of recent world history, little background is needed to appreciate the strength and power of the film. Casablanca accomplishes that which only a truly great film can: enveloping the viewer in the story, forging an unbreakable link with the characters, and only letting go with the end credits.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review If we identify strongly with the characters in some movies, then it is no mystery that ``Casablanca'' is one of the most popular films ever made. It is about a man and a woman who are in love, and who sacrifice love for a higher purpose. This is immensely appealing; the viewer is not only able to imagine winning the love of Humphrey Bogart or Ingrid Bergman, but unselfishly renouncing it, as a contribution to the great cause of defeating the Nazis...What is intriguing is that none of the major characters is bad. Some are cynical, some lie, some kill, but all are redeemed...Seeing the film over and over again, year after year, I find it never grows over-familiar. It plays like a favorite musical album; the more I know it, the more I like it. The black-and-white cinematography has not aged as color would. The dialogue is so spare and cynical it has not grown old-fashioned. Much of the emotional effect of ``Casablanca'' is achieved by indirection; as we leave the theater, we are absolutely convinced that the only thing keeping the world from going crazy is that the problems of three little people do after all amount to more than a hill of beans.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, Slip Sleeve
Product Attributes
Actor Bogart,Humphrey
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Brian Webster, Apollo Movie Guide Bergman is understated, yet overwhelming...The supporting cast is superb...
Chris Hicks, Deseret News The script and direction are crisp and clear, the story is compelling and the casting is first-rate.
Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews An entertaining film that is as timeless as great art.
Fred Topel, About.com One of the best movies ever. The romantic pain still holds up, and political intrigue still compels.
John J. Puccio, DVD Town ...a movie for the ages.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Everything is right in this WW2 classic...the best Hollywood movie of all time.
William Mager, BBC Online A brilliant film that merits inclusion in every self-respecting film critic's top three.

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