Casablanca

Casablanca

Casablanca

As time goes by, the appeal of Casablanca shows no sign of diminishing. Originally intended as a WWII propaganda movie, it remains a marvellous blend of bittersweet romance, wisecracking comedy and wartime intrigue. Wonderfully acted by its cast, it's the story of a laconic nightclub-owner Rick (Humphrey Bogart), whose life in Casablanca is shaken up by the arrival of old flame Elsa (Ingrid Bergman) with her Resistance leader husband.

Despite a famously troubled production (including a conveyor belt of scriptwriters and a failure to secure the likes of Ronald Reagan), the finished film, directed by Michael Curtiz, unfolds with effortless professionalism. Indeed, when re-watching Casablanca, one is reminded how many of its choice lines - "Round up the usual suspects!", "Here's looking at you kid" - have entered our collective cultural consciousness, together with the all too-familiar tones of that As Time Goes By theme song. -BBC

Best Picture, Director & Screenplay at the 1944 Academy Awards.
1942Rating: PG102 minsUSA
DramaRomanceWarClassic
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Play it Sam

nearly perfect. Amazing cast and acting. Most of the lines are classics As time goes by this film becomes more popular !

5.0

Nothing quite like it

I have a copy of this movie. I have probably seen it dozens of times. I used to watch it with my late Dad - our favorite wet Sunday treat! For me, nothing is more romantic, more nostalgic and more escapist than this truly classic movie. I love everything about it.

5.0

Play it again Bogie

Fabulous classic that is well worth repeated viewings. Highlights are the bromance between Bogart and Rains; the luminous beauty of Bergman; the great character actors Greenstreet and Lorre; and the sharp comic dialogue. Even the insipid Mr Henreid is just about perfect.

5.0

Review

5.0

AWESOME

i thought it was a really good movie with an intresting plot.

3.0

Picture-perfect

Saw it at a festival a few years back. After hiring it a while ago for a re-viewing we loved it so much that we bought it. Every scene is set perfectly. The actors are all outstanding. It is also famous for the misquote "Play it again, Sam" - watch it and get the correct version!

5.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Whether you return to Casablanca for a nostalgia fix, a guilty pleasure or for the waters, you can be certain there'll be something you didn't notice last time out.

5.0
The New Yorker

The New Yorker

press

The most sociable, the most companionable film ever made. Life as an endless party.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Irresistible, big-hearted film-making.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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...

Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Even hardened cynics who might be impelled to dismiss it as a collection of button-pushing clichés will most likely get swept up in the all the unabashed romance.

4.0
BBC

BBC

press

Unrequited love, midgets, some of the most quoted dialogue ever written, and Dooley Wilson's ultra cool jazz stylings on the ivories - "Casablanca" simply has it all...

5.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Whether you return to Casablanca for a nostalgia fix, a guilty pleasure or for the waters, you can be certain there'll be something you didn't notice last time out.

5.0
The New Yorker

The New Yorker

press

The most sociable, the most companionable film ever made. Life as an endless party.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Irresistible, big-hearted film-making.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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...

Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Even hardened cynics who might be impelled to dismiss it as a collection of button-pushing clichés will most likely get swept up in the all the unabashed romance.

4.0
BBC

BBC

press

Unrequited love, midgets, some of the most quoted dialogue ever written, and Dooley Wilson's ultra cool jazz stylings on the ivories - "Casablanca" simply has it all...

5.0

Play it Sam

nearly perfect. Amazing cast and acting. Most of the lines are classics As time goes by this film becomes more popular !

5.0

Nothing quite like it

I have a copy of this movie. I have probably seen it dozens of times. I used to watch it with my late Dad - our favorite wet Sunday treat! For me, nothing is more romantic, more nostalgic and more escapist than this truly classic movie. I love everything about it.

5.0

Play it again Bogie

Fabulous classic that is well worth repeated viewings. Highlights are the bromance between Bogart and Rains; the luminous beauty of Bergman; the great character actors Greenstreet and Lorre; and the sharp comic dialogue. Even the insipid Mr Henreid is just about perfect.

5.0

Review

5.0

AWESOME

i thought it was a really good movie with an intresting plot.

3.0

Picture-perfect

Saw it at a festival a few years back. After hiring it a while ago for a re-viewing we loved it so much that we bought it. Every scene is set perfectly. The actors are all outstanding. It is also famous for the misquote "Play it again, Sam" - watch it and get the correct version!

5.0