Friday, 14 February 2014

Casablanca Review (Valentine's Day 2014) (Updated)


Release Date: June 15th 1944 - Australia

Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures 

Genre: Drama

Rating: PG

Runtime: 102 minutes

Budget: $878,000

Box Office Gross: $252,575,000

Plot Summary
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, whose only hope
is Rick Blaine, a cynical
American who sticks his
neck out for no one -
especially Victor's wife
Ilsa, the ex-lover who
broke his heart. Ilsa offers
herself in exchange for
Laszlo's transport out of
the country and the bitter
Rick must decide what
counts more - personal
happiness or countless lives
hanging in the balance.

Humphrey Bogart - Richard 
"Rick" Blaine
Ingrid Bergman - Ilsa Lund
Conrad Veidt - Major Heinrich
Paul Henreid - Ernst Laszlo 
Dooley Wilson - Sam
Claude Rains - Captain Louis
Sydney Greenstreet - Signor
Peter O'Toole - Guillermo Ugarte
Madeleine LeBeau - Yvonne
Leonard Kinskey - Sascha

Director - Michael Curtiz
Based on Play "Everybody Comes to Rick's" - Murray Bennett and Joan Alison
Screenplay - Phillip G. & Julius
J. Epstein, Howard Koch and
Casey Robinson (Uncredited)
Producer - Hal B. Wallis
Art Director - Carl Jules Weyl
Gowns - Orry-Kelly
Cinematography - Arthur Edeson
Film Editor - Owen Marks
Music - Max Steiner 


1944 Academy Awards
Best Picture - Hal B. Wallis (Won)
Best Director - Michael Curtiz
Best Cinematography: Black or
White - Arthur Edeson (Won)
Best Writing, Screenplay -
Julius J. & Phillip G. Epstein
and Howard Koch (Won)
Best Actor - Humphrey Bogart
Best Supporting Actor - Claude
Rains (Nominated)
Best Film Editing - Owen Marks (Nominated)
Best Score - Max Steiner (Nominated)

Happy Valentine's Day, blog viewers, in this late evening, I decided to celebrate this special day by writing a post as a gift to you film buffs. For some of you young film-goers not familiar with the moments of CASABLANCA, it was in the early 40s when movies became a war-time propaganda of World War II where the world was in a state of turmoil and unrest. CASABLANCA never needs any amount of dogfight and warfare, it also doesn't have to be labelled in the war genre. Sometime, the most simple movies turn out to be the everlasting classics. The classic is known for its popularity with every audience in generations, courtesy with a love triangle to tangle with mystery in a simple plot. Backed with the credible acting like Humphrey Bogart, this is the first time he plays a romantic lead and it maintains the stint of an anti-hero which is less staggering than to portray a gangster or a detective.

It helps for Bogie to create the formula of a character trait and then later be used by other actors in future movies. Paired together as a fictional couple with lead actress Ingrid Bergman as they are immediately responsible for the duo's chemistry of melodrama.

CASABLANCA is truly inspirational for its dialogue and ending, but a few directors have tried to imitate its dramatic concept for the thirst of the audience. Never reaching out of date and it's still in its famed recognition that you must see it if you want to know its true potential.

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever


  1. Great review! I agree, Casablanca still holds up just as well today as it did back in the 40s. While it is not my favorite Bogart film, I have yet to see a film that he stars in that I do not like.


  2. Try The Caine Mutiny, Treasure of Sierra Madre and other sort of movies he portrays like that.