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It's hard to believe that when Casablanca was filmed at Warner Bros. Studios in 1942 it was just another of the 50 or so films that the studio was producing every year, as Lauren Bacall points out in the documentary about the film included in the special features. The movie was an instant success with audiences everywhere, and won three Academy Awards including Best Picture. Called "America's most popular and beloved movie -- and rightly so" by The Motion Picture Guide, and "The best Hollywood movie of all time" by Leonard Maltin, Casablanca was voted the #2 film in a list of the top 100 films of this century by the American Film Institute.
Set in refugee-strewn French North Africa in 1942, Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a night club owner, and his friend Captain Louis Renault (Claude Rains), Prefect of Police, enter into a wager as to whether or not Resistance Leader Victor Laslo (Paul Henreid) will be able to escape Casablanca and reach the Free World. When Laslo arrives in Casablanca, Rick is stunned to find him accompanied by his ex-lover, Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman). Filled with mystery, suspense, intrigue and romance, Casablanca will remain a favorite of classic movie lovers for years to come.
The supporting cast includes Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre and Dooley Wilson as Rick's piano-playing confidant, Sam. The entire cast is superb, the settings are excellent, and the cinematography is wonderful.
The song "As Time Goes By" was made famous by Casablanca, as its melody is entwined throughout the film, and it too is now a classic, filled with romance and nostalgia.
This is one film that absolutely MUST be in your DVD library! --from Amazon.com
Film Trivia & Quotes - Casablanca:
I remember every detail. The Germans wore gray. You wore blue.
Release Date: November 26, 1942 (New York City), January 23, 1943 (Los Angeles), October 11, 1942 (Greece), May 23, 1947 (France), August 29, 1952 (West Germany)
Song titles and information on music from Casablanca