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Casablanca [1942] (1 disc)

Director:Michael Curtiz
Writer:Howard Koch
Julius J. Epstein
Philip G. Epstein
Composer:Max Steiner
Length:102 minutes
(1 hour 42 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Drama
IMDB Rating:8.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:99%
Amazon Rating:5.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: A cynical expatriate American cafe owner struggles to decide whether or not to help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape the Nazis in French Morocco.

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Michael Curtiz => Director
Howard Koch => Writer
Julius J. Epstein => Writer
Philip G. Epstein => Writer
Max Steiner => Composer
Joan Alison => Play
Murray Burnett => Play
Barry Norton => Gambler at Rick's (uncredited)
Claude Rains => Captain Louis Renault
Conrad Veidt => Major Heinrich Strasser
Creighton Hale => Customer (uncredited)
Dewey Robinson => Bouncer at Rick's (uncredited)
Dooley Wilson => Sam
Frank Puglia => Arab Vendor (uncredited)
George J. Lewis => Haggling Arab Monkey Seller (uncredited)
George Meeker => Rick's Friend (uncredited)
Georges Renavent => Conspirator (uncredited)
Gino Corrado => Waiter at Rick's (uncredited)
Humphrey Bogart => Rick Blaine
Ilka Grüning => Mrs. Leuchtag - Carl's Immigrating Friend (uncredited)
Ingrid Bergman => Ilsa Lund
Jean De Briac => Orderly (uncredited)
Jean Del Val => Police Officer (uncredited)
John Qualen => Berger
Leo White => Emile - Waiter (uncredited)
Leonid Kinskey => Sascha
Lester Sharpe => Refugee (uncredited)
Marcel Dalio => Emil - Croupier at Rick's (uncredited)
Michael Mark => Vendor (uncredited)
Monte Blue => American (uncredited)
Norma Varden => Wife of Pickpocketed Englishman (uncredited)
Oliver Blake => Waiter at the Blue Parrot (uncredited)
Paul Henreid => Victor Laszlo
Paul Porcasi => Native Introducing Ferrari (uncredited)
Peter Lorre => Ugarte
Sydney Greenstreet => Signor Ferrari
Torben Meyer => Dutch Banker at Cafe Table (uncredited)
William Edmunds => Second Contact Man at Rick's (uncredited)
Winifred Harris => Englishwoman (uncredited)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The last line is one of the most misquoted lines in all of film history. The correct line is, "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." It has been quoted as, "This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship" or "I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship." This line was a last-minute addition, thought up by producer [?] Hal B. Wallis and dubbed in by Humphrey Bogart after filming was completed.
  • In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #3 Greatest Movie of All Time.
  • In the original script, "Everyone Come to Rick's", Ilsa was not a "virtuous" woman. She was living with an already married American businessman. It was Rick who left her when he found out. When she and Victor come to Casablanca, she is not married to him, either. However, none of this would have been permissible under the film censorship of the time.
  • Casey Robinson, who re-wrote the romantic scenes between Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, was offered screen credit but turned it down because at the time he was only taking credit for scripts he wrote entirely by himself. By declining credit, he did himself out of an Academy Award.
  • Dooley Wilson was, in fact, the only member of the cast to have ever actually visited the city of Casablanca.
  • 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 [?] Jean Vincent Plummer who was playing behind a curtain but who was positioned such that Dooley could watch, and copy, his hand movements.
  • The letters of transit that motivate so many characters in the film did not exist in Vichy-controlled France--they are purely a plot device invented by the screenwriters. Playwright Joan Alison always expected somebody to challenge her about the letters, but nobody ever did.
  • Director Michael Curtiz's Hungarian accent often caused confusion on the set. He asked a prop man for a "poodle" to appear in one scene. The prop man searched high and low for a poodle while the entire crew waited. He found one and presented it to Curtiz, who screamed, "A poodle! A poodle of water!"
  • Back in the mid-2000s, Madonna wanted to remake the film with her as IIsa Lund and Ashton Kutcher as Rick. She pitched the idea to every studio but was unanimously rejected by every studio with one studio executive telling her the "film is deemed untouchable". She eventually scrapped the proposed project.
  • Conrad Veidt, who played Maj. Strasser, was well known in the theatrical community in Germany for his hatred of the Nazis, and his friendship with Jews. (His wife, [?] Ilona "Lily" Prager", was Jewish.) He was forced to flee his own country when he learned the SS had sent a death squad after him. Veidt only played film villains during WWII as he was convinced that playing suave Nazi baddies would help the war effort.
  • Because the film was made during WWII the production was not allowed to film at an airport after dark for security reasons. Instead, it used a sound stage with a small cardboard cutout airplane and forced perspective. To give the illusion that the plane was full-sized, they used little people to portray the crew preparing the plane for take-off. Years later the same technique was used in Alien (1979), in the scene where the crew discovers the dead "space jockey", with director Ridley Scott's son and some of his friends in scaled-down spacesuits.
  • Many of the actors who played the Nazis were in fact German Jews who had escaped from Nazi Germany.
  • Rick's Cafe was one of the few original sets built for the film, the rest were all recycled from other Warner Brothers productions due to wartime restrictions on building supplies.
  • In the 1980s this film's script was sent to readers at a number of major studios and production companies under its original title, "Everybody Comes to Rick's". Some readers recognized the script but most did not. Many complained that the script was "not good enough" to make a decent movie. Others gave such complaints as "too dated", "too much dialog" and "not enough sex".