Casablanca: 70th Anniversary Edition

Casablanca: 70th Anniversary Edition

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Director: Michael Curtiz

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid

     
 

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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 local authorities,… See more details below

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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 local authorities, notably the crafty Capt. Renault (Claude Rains), Rick's café 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Monica McIntyre
Star-crossed lovers meet during wartime under the Moorish arches of Rick's Café Americain in Casablanca. This legendary melodrama is one of the most perfectly realized movies to come out of the Hollywood studio system. Directed by Hungarian émigré Michael Curtiz, it stars Humphrey Bogart in his iconic role as the fiercely independent but ultimately honorable Rick, an American expatriate running a swanky nightclub on the French North African coast. An embittered romantic, Rick has never forgotten the beautiful and enigmatic Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman), who left him waiting at the train station in Paris as Nazi tanks rolled in. Their secret love, unexpectedly rekindled at Rick's, drives a charged narrative set against an exotic backdrop. Bogart and Bergman supply enormous star power, to be sure. But Casablanca's witty script, brisk pacing, lush atmosphere, and bittersweet romance -- not to mention a splendid performance by Claude Rains as the morally flexible French official, Inspector Renault -- all help make it the classic that it is.
All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
There are many people for whom Casablanca is the greatest Hollywood movie ever made, and, while that may be going a bit far, one would be hard-pressed to think of another film in which the pieces fell together with such serendipity. It's hard to imagine a movie in which the leads are better cast: Humphrey Bogart's tough, effortless cool gives Rick the ideal balance of honor and cynicism, Ingrid Bergman's luminous beauty makes it seem reasonable that men would fight for Ilsa's affections, and Paul Henreid's Victor is cold enough that you can imagine Ilsa's being tempted by her old flame. The supporting cast is superb down the line; Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Dooley Wilson, and S.Z. Sakall are all so memorable that one tends to forget that none is onscreen for very long. The screenplay often walks the border of cliché, but the story has just enough twists, and the dialogue so much snap, that it stays compelling throughout. And Michael Curtiz knew just when to turn on the schmaltz and when to cut it off. Casablanca blends romance, suspense, humor, and patriotic drama with such skill that one imagines it must have happened by accident, and the movie looks better with each passing year. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll cheer, and the good guys strike a blow against fascism -- what more could you want from a movie?

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/01/2012
UPC:
0883929243723
Original Release:
1942
Source:
Warner Home Video
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
3,052

Special Features

Michael Curtiz: The Greatest Director You Never Heard Of; Casablanca: An Unlikely Classic; Introduction by Lauren Bacall; 2 Separate Commentaries: Roger Ebert and Film Historian Rudy Behlmer; Warner Night at the Movies; Great Performances: Bacall on Bogart; ; You Must Remember This: A Tribute to Casablanca; As Time Goes By: The Children Remember; Deleted Scenes; Outtakes; Cartoons; Audio Scoring Stage Sessions; 11/19/47 Vox Pop Radio Broadcast; Theatrical Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Humphrey Bogart Rick Blaine
Ingrid Bergman Ilsa
Paul Henreid Victor Laszlo
Claude Rains Capt. Louis Renault
Conrad Veidt Maj. Heinrich Strasser
Peter Lorre Ugarte
Sydney Greenstreet Senor Ferrari
S.Z. Sakall Carl, Headwaiter
Madeleine Le Beau Yvonne
Dooley Wilson Sam
Joy Page Annina Brandel
John Qualen Berger
Leonid Kinskey Sascha
Helmut Dantine Jan Brandel
Curt Bois Dark European
Marcel Dalio Emil, the Croupier
Corinna Mura Singer
Ludwig Stossel Mr. Leuchtag
Ilka Gruning Mrs. Leuchtag
Charles La Torre Senor Martinez
Frank Puglia Arab Vendor
Dan Seymour Abdul
Lou Marcelle Narrator
Leon Belasco Dealer
Oliver Blake German Banker
Monte Blue American
Gino Corrado Waiter
George Dee Casselle
William Edmunds Contact
Martin Garralaga Headwaiter
Gregory Gaye German Banker
Creighton Hale Customer
Olaf Hytten Prosperous Man
Michael Mark Vendor
George Meeker Friend
Louis Mercier Smuggler
Torben Meyer Banker
Alberto Morin French Officer
Leo Mostovoy Fydor
Paul Porcasi Native
Henry Rowland German Officer
Richard Ryen Heinz
Norma Varden Englishwoman
Hans Heinrich Von Twardowski German Officer
Mischa Auer Bartender
Wolfgang Zilzer Man with Expired Papers (Shot)

Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director
Robert Aisner Consultant/advisor
Lawrence W. Butler Special Effects
Arthur Edeson Cinematographer
Julius J. Epstein Screenwriter
Philip G. Epstein Screenwriter
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Hugo W. Friedhofer Score Composer
George James Hopkins Set Decoration/Design
Herman Hupfield Songwriter
M. K. Jerome Songwriter
Peter Howard Screenwriter
James Leicester Special Effects
Owen Marks Editor
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Francis J. Scheid Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Scholl Songwriter
Don Siegel Special Effects
Max Steiner Score Composer
Richard Van Enger Special Effects
Willard Van Enger Special Effects
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Jack L. Warner Executive Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup
Carl Jules Weyl Art Director

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